A world of surprising shapes

Geomorphology is the science that studies the erosion and sedimentation processes that cause the shapes and sedimentary deposits found inside the caves. Ever since the initial stages of cave formation there are continuous processes of erosion, corrosion and degradation of the minerals that form the rocks, generating subsequent erosive shapes, that are useful for the identification of the genesis of the cave.
Coastal karst caves that are formed in the interface or mixing zone, between the fresh underground water that comes from the continent and the seawater, offer a set of shapes on their ceilings, walls, and floors very characteristic of their hypogenic origin, and very distinct from those of caves formed by underground rivers or by other epigenetic mechanisms.
Many of these shapes repeat patterns that combine simplicity and complexity over and over again. The underground volumes appear forming large and small maze-like geometries, as if they were fractals, with alveolar voids of different sizes, ranging from centimetric to metric, that are projected in the three dimensions of space.
Cupolas, polished walls, arches, pillars, holes in the rock, rock terraces, rock honeycombs, chimneys, nozzles, and many other shapes appear everywhere that resemble the concavities that are generated in some types of cheese or the complexity of the interior of a sponge. The natural architecture of the coastal caves reaches very high levels in the beauty ranking of the world of underground forms. And the Stegamites Cave occupies a privileged place in this ranking.

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