MORPHOLOGIES INSOLITES DE LA GROTTE DES PERLES

Jean-Noël SALOMON, Claude BOU

Abstract


In the extreme South of Massif Central, the Montagne Noire proves to be more and more attractive for amateur speleologists of original speleothems. This is due both to its geological history, to the specific litholohy of karstic rocks and to an important karstification in relation with profuse precipitations. Pits (Cabrespine) and caves are particularly well developed and lauded for their famous aragonite speleotems. Less known, because less touristic, the Pearls Cave is worthy of note as well: it has been selected to belong to the 18 cavities that could be registered on the World Natural Heritage UNESCO list. Indeed, the abundance and the rare beauty of the cave pearls and other curious morphologies confer to it an exceptional interest. The goal of this paper is to give a glimpse of this subterranean world so strange and magnificent!


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15551/scigeo.v58i2.162

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