Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Into the Abyss

Macocha Abyss, created by the collapse of a large cave, is an amazing sight. Part of the Moravian Karst network of more than 1100 caverns and gorges, this abyss is the largest in the Czech Republic, in fact, the largest in Central Europe. It's 174 meters long, 76 meters wide and 138 meters deep. My little camera can't capture the entire gorge but if you click on the photo, perhaps you can get a sense of the scale. There is a person standing on the lower platform. He's still 92 meters from the bottom.

This view is a little to the right of the previous one. That's a long way down!

And this is still further to the right. You can start to see the large cavern opening.

Now looking a bit further down, those tiny whitish specks (click on the photo again) are people.

The view from the bottom is a bit deceptive. Those trees look much closer than they are.

Some of the debris from the cave-in:

It's a beautiful place.

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