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THINGS BAJAN: Harrison’s Cave

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THINGS BAJAN: Harrison’s Cave

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ALTHOUGH HISTORICAL references were made to Harrison’s Cave from as early as the 18th century, no serious exploration of the cave was done until 1970, when speleologist, Ole Sorensen, was commissioned by the Barbados National Trust to make a survey and map the cave.

Sorensen immediately recognised the potential of the cave and recommended that it be landscaped and developed.

Four years later, work on the cave began, drawing on scientific, artistic, technological and geological resources. The work involved digging tunnels, improving lighting and diverting of underground streams.

harrison-s-caveA unique phenomenon of nature, Harrison’s Cave is now an amazing gallery of stalactites hanging from the roof of the cave, and stalagmites that emerge from the ground, with streams of crystal-clear running water that drop from breath-taking waterfalls to form deep emerald pools.

The stalactites and stalagmites were formed over thousands of years and in some places the stalactites have reached down to the stalagmites and a spectacular pillar has been formed.


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