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Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Young cave system formed from melting glaciers during the last ice age 10-13,000 years ago. Bedrock is 1.2 billion years old marble, with a large cave entrance (51 x 10 meter) known as the Stone Bridge as you can walk over the river on top of the cave. Most of cave system is underwater, but several surface caves have been surveyed, including Noisy Cave with a waterfall.

Name:Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
Name original:Natural Stone Bridge and Caves
ISCA member:NATURAL STONE BRIDGE AND CAVES PARK
Country:USA
State / Region:New York
Length:0 m
Depth:0 m
Elevation of entrance:0 m
Number of visitors:32000 / per year
Length of show path:1207 m
Duration of visit:60-180 min
Latitude:43.7475166321
Longitude:-73.8523330688
Address:535 Stone Bridge Rd
Town / City:Pottersville
Email:stonebridgeandcaves@frontiernet.net
Phone:518-494-2283
Fax:518-494-7979
Web:www.stonebridgeandcaves.com

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The massive stone bridge arch - the largest marble cave entrance in the east - dominates this spectacular display of Adirondack geology. Originally named Ponte de Dios (Bridge of God) by early explorers and later described in Morse’s Geography of 1790, the stone bridge has captivated visitors for over 200 years. These marble caves are different from the slow forming limestone caverns. They were rapidly formed during the last ice age by an unusual East-West trending fault which exposed a layer of ancient marble to raging acidic floodwaters from melting glaciers.  So grab a walking stick, map, and camera and set out on a self-guided, above-ground, natural stone step nature trail and experience up-close the many unique rock features in the marble gorge, such as potholes, grottos, and mill site waterfalls.  You can also descend into lighted surface caves with raging waterfalls or tranquil dark pools.  Cavers are currently completing a survey of the cave systems and the owners have developed “Adventure Tours” to explore additional caves for those willing to crawl and get a bit dirty. The property continues to be managed by descendents of Jacob Van Benthuysen who received the site in the 1700's for Revolutionary War service.  Every year new hands-on activities are added to enhance the park.  After exploring the caves, relax in one of our large family swings or enjoy homemade fudge in our picnic/activity pavilions.  If you want to learn more, see our Adirondack memories display or view a free PBS video describing the history and geology of the caves.  Gold Rush, Crystal Quest &Gemstone Mining, Disc Golf, fish feeding, jewelry making, decorating walking sticks or uncovering ancient bones in our Dino Dig are fun activities for the kids.  NEW!  Over 10 miles of Snowshoe Trails are available to explore in the winter.

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04. July 2018

Kungur Ice Cave - An invitation

"Pearl" of Russia. The current 2018 became significant for Russia. Holding the FIFA World Cup positively influenced economy of many regions of our country. Eleven cities of the Russian Federation accepting athletes and fans from around the world. Majority of them want not only to visit football matches, but also to get acquainted with nearby sights. Doesn't stand aside, the mislaid in Perm Krai, small and cosy city Kungur and the well-known Kungur Ice cave. Located in 300 km from Yekaterinburg, the city Kungur joined the cities-participants of the World Cup. From it tourists go to the Ice cave, having brought so various geography in visits statistics. It is possible indefinitely to list the countries residents which visited for these days the kingdom of eternal winter: Mexico, Peru, Australia, Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, China, USA, India, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, France … Foreign tourists and citizens of Russia, having visited the Kungur ice cave, often can't express that delight which covers them after the excursion on the fantastic underground world. What is surprising and unique in the Kungur Ice cave? In what it is one and only? First, in variety of forms of ice which are presented in the cave in more than 100 kinds. Secondly, an availability of long-term ices, which age is several hundreds of years, in spite of the fact that the cave is on an insignificant elevation mark. Thirdly, the cave length, it takes the fifth place on extent among caves of a plaster karst. Fourthly, there are several long and volume grottoes, that isn't characteristic of plaster caves. Fifthly, exotic contrast, during the summer period, from a heat in + 30 degrees outside to the subzero temperature of underground halls. This list of factors which characterize fantastic space can be listed infinitely, but as the popular Russian wisdom says "A picture is worth a thousand words". Welcome to the Kungur Ice cave!!! Ekaterina Noskova

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Cave Prehistory Resources

blogger: Darricau Joëlle
Dear Cave Prehistory fans, if you are interested in cave prehistory literature, feel free to search under this link: http://www.ifrao.com/robert-g-bednarik/r-g-bednarik-library/

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