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Cango Caves

Cango Caves
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Copyright: Andrzej Korzeniowski (andrzej) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 570 W: 106 N: 1168] (9204)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-26
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSC-P100
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 9:16
Viewed: 1846
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Cango Caves lie in the Swartberg Mountain Range in a limestone belt measuring 0,5km in width and almost 16km in length. The limestone layer was formed by the deposit of 'oolites' which are loosely-bound calcium carbonate crystals. Due to the age of the limestone (750 million years) no fossils have been found.
This part of the continent was once below the ocean. As the continent rose and upliftment occurred, the Little Karoo finally found itself above the water level.
The caves only started to form some 20 million years ago, however, when the water level dropped to such an extent that the ground water could start to seep into the limestone. As the water seeped into the ground it absorbed carbon dioxide from the decaying plant and animal matter in the soil and this made it fairly acidic.
As it seeped into the limestone, cavities were created that filled with water. Rivers also formed on the surface and cut deeply enough into the limestone to allow them to reach the level of the water pockets. This caused the water to flow out about 4 million years ago. The cave was then, for the first time, exposed to air and the speleothems or cave formations could begin forming.

For thousands of years, the caves were unknown, except to animals. However, about 10 000 years ago, the Khoisan used the entrance area of the cave as shelter. They never wandered deeper into the cave though due to their superstitious nature. The entrance area to the Caves was originally rich in bushman paintings though with time these have been damaged. The San left this area and their cave approximately 500 years ago.


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To Tomek: Jaskiniaandrzej 3 11-05 07:50
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Bonsoir Andrzej,
Une image étrangement belle et mystérieuse.
Les couleurs sont chaudes, c'est fantastique.
La note est très intéressante, merci pour le partage.
Bonne fin de soirée.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 86 N: 1227] (7698)
  • [2009-11-02 11:20]

Lovely cave capture.
Great light and colors.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-11-02 12:36]

Hi Andrzej,
beautiful shot from Cango Caves.Perfect light.Well taken.TFS.Necla.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-11-02 12:43]

Witaj Andrzej,
Ciekawe i piękne to zdjęcie. Piękne kolory. Doskonałość i opis usług. Mamy wystawione ostatnie zdjęcie mnie dziś mój serii poświęconej jaskiń.
Piękny wieczór

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-11-02 14:54]

Hi Andrzej,
Another great shot of the caves, the colours are great with a nice PoV. TFS

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2009-11-02 19:24]
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Czesc Andrzejku:)
Miodzio na oczy takie cudowne jaskinie.
Wyobraz sobie, ze w Stanie Kentucky jest najwieksza na swiecie siec jaskin naciekowych - ponad 500km, wiele mozna zwiedzac, ja mialem okazje tylko jedna:(((
Bardzo ladnie przedstawiles ten temat, dzieki za pokaz.
Serdecznosci - Tomek:)

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-11-03 7:54]

Witaj Andrzejku :)

Wspaniale i bardzo tajemniczo wyglada ta jaskinia.
Ciekawie ja pokazales, w dobrym oswietleniu.

Gratuluje wykonania i serdecznie pozdrawiam.

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-11-03 14:01]

Witaj Andrzej!
Wonderfully captured the cave!
great warm lighting,colours and
Regards and tfs

Hello Andrzej,
Nice texture and light.
Crisp details
Selahattin E

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-11-04 3:27]


merveilleuse vue, quelle grotte aavec la bele roche, superbe maîtrise de lumirèes, fantastique compo.

Bravo et amitié


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2009-11-04 9:16]

Hi Andrzej,

excellent framing of the cave, the colors are beautiful. the light is perfect and beautiful details.
Good evening.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1398 W: 269 N: 2111] (13209)
  • [2009-11-04 9:39]

Witaj Andrzeju.
Ciekawa jaskinia na towim zdjeciu i intersujaca notatka.
Dobre szczegoly i miejsce ladnie oswietlone. Jak pamietam moja ostatnia wycieczke do jaskini w Irlandii to trudno bylo zrobic wyrazne zdjecia bez statywy lub dobrej lampy blyskowej.
Janek Kloss

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