Sixth class set off bright and early to Mitchelstown Cave this morning.We have been learning about karst regions in class and the underground features associated with limestone areas. We were delighted to get a tour of the cave and see such beautiful examples of stalactites,stalagmites and pillars.
Limestone is a sedimentary rock and we saw examples of fossils in the cave confirming how the cave was formed around the time of the Ice Age.Our guide pointed out a piece of equipment attached to the floor of the cave which is linked to an international station involved in the tracking of earthquakes.We found this very interesting.
Concerts are also held in the cave as the acoustics in here are very conducive to same.Limestone is a permeable rock and we saw this firsthand with the drips coming from the roof of the cave particularly as we have had such wet weather lately.
A wonderful day was had by all and we stopped off in Mahon Point for lunch on our way home. We are really looking forward to our trip to Trinity College in Dublin next week.