Postcards from Barbados #3: journey to the centre of the earth

What you’re looking at in the following photos are the fabulous interior of Harrison’s Caves, Barbados, West Indies. The island is formed exclusively from coral limestone and is therefore made of biomorphic rock, unlike all its neighbours in the Caribbean chain, which are volcanic in origin. The island is one huge limestone filter, so its water is very pure. These caves were formed by water erosion, and are fantastically festooned with stalactites and stalagmites in a wide variety of forms.  The caves are toured by tram, and you get to see 1 mile of the 3 mile cave system. There is also an extremely good information centre above, on the surface.

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9 thoughts on “Postcards from Barbados #3: journey to the centre of the earth

  1. tialys says:

    Great pictures Kate. That third one down looks like the jaws of some huge monster.

  2. wombatquilts says:

    Wow. So amazing. Not at all jealous. Not even a little bit.

    • katechiconi says:

      Tomorrow I’m going to visit a shop that does all the fabrics for the Cropover Carnival – think totally OTT carnival costumes, lame, feathers, the lot. I’m just hoping for a few pure cotton tropical prints… I’ve also treated myself to 1 metre of 1020 thread count pure Sea Island Cotton, which they grow here. It’s fabulously fine and silky, but also fabulously expensive, hence only 1 metre.

    • katechiconi says:

      Most of the really old houses (1600s or thereabouts) on the island are built from coral limestone, and if you look closely you can see tiny marine animal forms embedded in the stone. More recent limestone has accreted around quite recognisable shells. But those caves are spectacular.

  3. That new camera is really doing the trick!
    My geologist husband and amateur speleologist father would be in seventh heaven: caves and fossils.

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