The Gouffre de Padirac
A Gouffre is known in English as a sink hole. An underground river over the millenia has gradually dissolved the roof of part of the cave through which it flows and this cavern gets larger and larger until finally it breaks through to the surface. The Gouffre de Padirac is huge - 45 metres across and 75 metres deep. We would like to thank J.-Cl. Lemée and the SES de Padirac for their kind permission to use these pictures.