Friday, May 29, 2009

NARACOORTE FOSSIL CAVE

The fossil cave part of the Naracoorte site is more developed than when I saw it way back when.
Information about all the caves is
here .



7 comments:

Jayne said...

FB attended a lecture given by one of the paleontologists who had the pleasure of excavating some of the cave and his love for it came clearly through in his speech.

Bwca Brownie said...

"way back when" is the era before people realised there was money in tourism.

I could not go in a cave
(The Famous 5 scared me off them)
but I will enjoy Owen and Ben in The Smithsonian.

JahTeh said...

Jayne, if I remember they had just discovered how extensive the bone deposits were when I was there. My son would have been in there like a shot but the ranger said the roof hadn't been stabilised.

Bwca, my most frightening cave experience was down Portsea way. I was examining the rock layers and didn't see the rogue wave belt in through the sea opening. I learnt a lot from that, like always take a change of underwear and don't pay for a post-regression memory therapist, the Titanic was very vivid that day.

River said...

These caves look fascinating. I wouldn't mind a bit of a wander through them. I may have to check and see if Sth. Aus. has anything similar.

Brian Hughes said...

Isn't that where Donkey Kong lives?

Pavlov's Cat said...

Naracoorte is in Sth Aus, River. My home town of Curramulka, also in Sth Aus, is built on top of the largest network of limestone caves and conduits and underground rivers in the Southern Hemisphere, and is also a repository of fossils including those of similar megafauna to Naracoorte's, but it is too huge, expensive and dangerous to explore so only police divers in training are allowed down there, apparently, and there is no public access.

I've been in three of the Naracoorte caves and they are spectacular but quite scary (one of them is huge), especially for anyone with a tendency to claustrophobia, unsteadiness on their feet, or sensitive lungs -- about ten minutes after I came up into the air again I had the first (very mild and brief, but instantly recognisable) asthma attack I'd had since I was a kid.

R.H. said...

Fingal's Cave. (Hebrides Overture Opus 26.) Mendelssohn.

Look it up, it's an actual cave.