sixpenceee:

The Krubera Cave is the world’s deepest cave. It is 2197 meters deep and will take you approximately an entire month to get to the bottom. Here is a map of this place. 

ancientart:

The Bhaja Caves of Maharashtra, India.

Bhaja contains about 29 rock-cut caves, which date back to the 2nd century BCE, and is described by the Archaeological Survey of India to be “one of the important Buddhist centres of Hinayana faith in Maharashtra.” 

A prominent features of Bhaja is Cave 12, a chaitya-griha, pictured in the final photo, which is considered one of the earliest of its kind. The stupa at the back of the large apsidal hall was used for worship. Cave 20 contains a group of stupas, which were built in memory of deceased monks, and probably once contained their relics.

Cave 18 was a monastery, and its verandah contains two famous sculpted reliefs. One of these (pictured in the 2nd photo) is located to the left of the door. This artwork depicts a person riding an elephant (thought by some to be Indra) who carries an ankusa (elephant goad), with attendants aside the figure, carrying a banner. The second relief shows a royal personage aside two women. The royal figure (who some identify as Sun god Surya), rides a chariot driven by four horses, and appears to be trampling a demon-like figure.

Photos courtesy of & taken by Himanshu Sarpotdar. The write-up of the site done by the Archaeological Survey of India was of great reference to me when writing this post.

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awkwardsituationist:

the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.

photos from spellbound waitomo tours, forevergone, blue polaris, and martin rietze. (more cave photos) (more bioluminescence photos)

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Grotte di Castellana, Italy
submitted by: its-the-jelly-man, thanks!
plasmatics-life:

Amazing Underground  (Hang En, Vietnam) | (by Ryan Deboodt)
Paradise Cave, Phong Nha National Park, Vietnam
submitted by: in-my-atmosphere, thanks!
Cenote Ik-Kil
Cancun, Mexico | by chris-tina
Cueva Ventana, Window Cave. Puerto Rico
submitted by: riahrue88, thanks!
0rient-express:

Praia Dona Ana | by Marko Stavric | Website.

awkwardsituationist:

the reed flute (or karst) cave in guilin, southern china, was carved out of the karst limestone mountains over 180 million years ago from an underground river and that has now settled into a lake. more than 70 ink inscriptions dating back to 792 ce can also be found inside the cave, which was left forgotten for a thousand years before being rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing japanese troops. photos by james p. nelson, christian ortiz, jesse estes, adam allegro, filip m.a.

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Natural Architecture
Houping Tiankeng Group, Wulong, China | by Queensy Chan
Indian cave
Pinar del Río, Cuba
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Cave Swim
Carmel-by-the-sea, California, USA | by Kevin Russ
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Grotta Azzurra in Capri | by Ben Fohrer.
Opaque  by  andbamnan