Following a rocky trail at Warsaw Caves Conservation Area
Two Saturdays ago, my husband and I visited a conservation area a few miles east of Peterborough, Ontario. The weather was beautiful and a number of families were out exploring the trails, this one headed for seven caves created by a series of glaciers that once covered much of Ontario with two to three kilometers of ice.
As the last of the glaciers - about 12,000 years ago - began to recede, melted water formed prehistoric Lake Algonquin (the remains of which is now Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Simcoe) and Lake Iroquois (the remains of which is now Lake Ontario). Deep meltwater flowed swiftly from Lake Algonquin to Lake Iroquois creating cavities in the area's limestone bedrock.
Where cedars grow now, water once flowed
Over thousands of years, acidic water - caused by high levels of carbon dioxide - dissolved the bedrock where it flowed through cracks that naturally form in limestone. Eventually water flowed over, through and under the bedrock.
Can you see the layers in the limestone?
The bedrock shifted as the weight of the ice above lessened and as erosion continued. Caves formed where underground river channels collapsed.
Here you can see rocks, cracks, a hole...
Wait! Do you hear something?
Weren't these spelunkers (cave explorers) kind to pose for me?
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What a great place, I have never heard of it. I think I'll have to pay a visit in the spring, must add it to my "Things to do, places to go" list!
What an amazing landscape. Thanks for the history lesson too.
What a great combination of the rocks and the trees. Looks like a great place to explore!
What a fascinating post...and you are an educator, right, 'cause you did such a fine job of meshing commentary with photographs. Very interesting. Had no idea.
Spelunkers, however, are nuts!
I had no idea there was such a place near Warsaw! Great shots and super info.
I enjoy developed caves, the kind with lights and pathways, but I have no interest in exploring as these young men were doing.
Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.
I have a vague memory of going here when I was very young, but now that I see these photos I really want to explore it again on my own!
What an awesome place! And such fascinating history -- thank you for including that! Your photos are fantastic as always, EG! Love seeing the young spelunkers!! Terrific post and photos for the day and a great look at a part of your world! Have a wonderful week!
The contrast of uneven sinking land and tree growth must give the forest a mystical feel, especially when cave explorers emerge from the depths. :)
I love the shot of the spelunkers. Actually I like all the shots. Very informative post.
So much history around here. Love the spelunkers! :)
It's mind-boggling to think in terms of geologic time. Nothing could persuade me to go spelunking, however, nothing!
What a great place to visit! I would have tons of fun taking pics.
Looks like a pretty place to hike. My hubby is a spleunker, when he has time. Great photos.
That's a great summary of summaries, instant information! I am also amazed at the persistence of those trees to grow in the rock crevices, and they certainly are already old. Amazing landscapes.
This reminds of a state park in IL. Beautiful, but a such a workout for the legs!
That looks like a fascinating place. Geological time makes it all seem like yesterday. I will think of this post the next time the kids at school get my goat! It's but a blink!
It does look interesting.
This seems to be a great adventurous place.
this post is close to my heart. several years back I lived in a similar area in northern Wisconsin, and it was one of the most beautiful spots I'd ever lived. the rocks, like these here, had extraordinary beauty. and it's magical to stand, see, and take it all in with the knowledge of how old ancient is. that continues to fill me with wonder. I always thought the colors of the rock were out of this world. I'm glad you captured this and shared it with us. and your Collapsing house in previous post is very charming too! happy week to you EG.
That would be my kind of place! Lovely photos.
GREAT post! I love the layers of rock/earth!
Isn't it all just so incredible?!
Looks like a wonderful place to roam.
I think I'd be frightened to go into one of those holes.
What a spectacular and fascinating place! And yes, I can see the layers in the limestone.. Caves are always so exciting to discover! And such a great information you gave next to the pictures! :) I loved to read it!
What a beautiful and interesting conservation area! Amazing how those cedars can grow among the rocks! The spelunkers were good sports to pose for you... exploring caves is something I'd rather not do (although I have, and by serendipity report it in my Our World Post too LOL!)
Doesn't that Lake Algonquin have a monster that lives there in the water? I think I watched a NatGeo special on it, or maybe it was a MonsterQuest show.
Anyway, beautiful pictures. Sounds like a fun day!
I love that second shot...just something about it.
I love those rocks. We live near a huge rock wall and never get tired of looking at it. - Margy
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