Poetry Cave and Karst Landscape

June 15, 2012

Poetry Cave (2)

Cryptokarst (2)


Photographer: Piero Armando
Summary Author: Piero Armando

June 2012 Viewer's Choice The photo at top features Poetry Cave (Grotta della Poesia) and shows the karst landscape of the Apulia region of southern Italy. Dissolution of Pleistocene carbonate (limestone or dolomite) bedrock has slowly resulted from the infiltration of surface water. Poetry Cave is a cenote that formed from the roof collapse of an underground cavern. In other places dissolution pipes have punched through a permeable layer near the surface (lower photos). Photos taken on June 23, 2008.

Photo details: Camera Maker: Canon; Camera Model: Canon EOS 30D; Focal Length: 28-50mm; Aperture: f/16; Exposure Time: 1/400 sec; ISO equiv: 400; Exposure Bias: none; Metering Mode: Matrix; Exposure: Landscape Mode; White Balance: Auto; Flash Fired: No (enforced); Orientation: Normal; Color Space: sRGB; Software: Adobe Photoshop 7.0.