Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Luray Cavern - Virginia
Dream Lake-This is the largest body of water in the caverns. However, its deepest point is not more than 18 to 20 inches. This sparkling lake reflects a myriad of fantastic forms and creates a mirror image of the abundant stalactites hanging from the ceiling
From the Smithsonian report of July 1880 – “there is nothing more beautiful in the cave than these scarfs, shawls, lambrequins of translucent calcite, some white as snow, others impregnated with the impurities of the soil above, falling in graceful folds, fringed with a thousand patterns, and so thin that a candle held behind one of them reveals all the structure within.” Appearing as smooth and flowing as a curtain folded by hand, this formation is one of the most perfectly formed stone drapery structures in the world. The translucent sheets appear to have been parted, tent-like, for an entranceway.
Enormous chambers are filled with towering stone columns, shimmering draperies and crystal-clear pools. The National Park Service and the Department of Interior designated Luray Caverns a Registered Natural Landmark. The announcement proclaimed this site possesses exceptional value as an illustration of the Nation's natural heritage and contributes to a better understanding of man's environment.
Located in the Cathedral is the Great Stalacpipe Organ, the world's largest musical instrument. Stalactites covering 3 1/2 acres of the surrounding caverns produce tones of symphonic quality when electronically tapped by rubber-tipped mallets. This one-of-a-kind instrument was conceived by Mr. Leland W. Sprinkle of Springfield, Virginia, a mathematician and electronics scientist at the Pentagon.
Thousands of natural curiosities and irregularly shaped objects can regularly be observed along the tour route like the "Fried Eggs."
Thanks to U Runremliana & Florence for taking me to Luray Caverns.
Official Website : Luray Cavern
" The Place was neat, clean and they had a guide as well as a headphone for everyone who went inside the cave where you could press a number code to hear a presentation of the caves".