Krásnohorská Cave

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Krásnohorská Cave (Slovak: Krásnohorská Jaskyňa) is a karst cave situated at the northern foot of the Silická planina Plain, in the Slovak Karst, 6.5 km southeast of Rožňava, in Slovakia. With unique natural decorations of bizarre shapes and unusual structure composed almost entirely of calcium, it is currently listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the cave containing the largest stalagmite in existence, generally accepted as being about 12 m in diameter and 32.7 m in height.[1] It grows significantly in volume every year as the incessant drips solidify.

The length of the cave is 1350 to 1450 metres and it represents the end of the cave system underground stream Buzgó.

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Part of the cave from the entrance to the Hall of Giants (Sieň obrov) is formed in dolomite and dolomitic limestones with impressive limestone layers. The back parts of the cave like the Pearl Passage (Chodba perál), the Great Hall (Veľká sieň) and the Mirror Hall (Zrkadlová sieň), are located in pure limestones areas. The Great Canyon (Veľký kaňom) passageway was formed as a result of tectonic faults which also helped shape large chambers in the back part of the cave,[2] discovered by Rožnava cavers in 1964. Like the other caves in the Slovak Karst zone, it is on the UNESCO List of the World Natural Heritage.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Tamara Archleb Gály, The Encyclopaedia of Slovakia and the Slovaks: a concise encyclopaedia, pg. 370, Encyclopaedic Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (2006), ISBN 80-224-0925-1
  2. ^ Martin Kubliniak, Krásnohorská jaskyna - Krásnohorská Cave at Geocaching na Slovensku

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Coordinates: 48°46′48″N 19°48′42″E / 48.78000°N 19.81167°E / 48.78000; 19.81167