Story: Caving

Cave pearls (3rd of 3)

Cave pearls

Cave pearls are a curious phenomenon. Also known as oolites, they are balls of calcite that have formed around fine grains of sand. These ones are on the floor of Honeycomb Hill Cave in the Ōpārara Valley, north of Karamea.

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Carl Walrond, 'Caving - Caves and life forms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/11518/cave-pearls (accessed 13 November 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007