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Creeper Fern Cave

Peter Swart 24 November 2003


Creeper Fern Cave is a slot running into the mountain for about 10m. The entrance has been formed by collapse, and a boulder pile litters the valley floor below the cave entrance. A feature of the cave is a collapsed pillar, pieces of which have jammed between walls and its old base. As this cave is very wet, even in summer, much of the rock in the cave is saturated, and further collapse can be expected in the not too distant geological future. Although the cave will not be extended by much, the base of the pillar will erode, which will lead to further collapse. If the cave stays as wet as it is at present, it will not belong before the saturated pillar will turn to sand, and be washed out of the entrance boulder choke.

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