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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.

  • Photo of an aerial view of Le Gouffre de Padirac
  • Photo of the entrance to the Gouffre de Padirac
  • Photo of the entrance to the Gouffre, taken from below.
  • Photo of the "Lac des Gours" in the Gouffre de Padirac.
  • Photo of a curtain of stone in the Gouffre de Padirac
  • Photo of the " Grande Pendeloque" and the  Raining Lake in the Gouffre de Padirac.
  • Photo of a barge under the Grande Pendeloque in the Gouffre de Padirac
  • Photo of a barge on the Flat River in the Gouffre de Padirac
  • Photo of a concretion called the "Pile of Plates" in the Great Dome hall in the Gouffre de Padirac.
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