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This shot was taken in Luray Caverns, situated in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Luray Caverns was discovered by three local men, Benton Stebbins, Billy Campbell and Andrew Campbell. They found the cave when they discovered a small draft of air. They kept the secret until the land went up for sale, where they bought it in an auction for a price of $507.75. But the purchase was nullified by the Supreme Court of Virginia, because the caverns location was kept a secret and the true value of the land was not realized until after purchase.

Covering 64 acres (26 hectares), the caverns, discovered in 1878, were formed millions of years ago by underground rivers and seepage of acid-bearing water through layers of limestone and clay. In time the clay was washed away, leaving only the limestone shell. Long after the formation of the caverns and the development of stalactites from dripping limewater, they were filled with glacial mud. The acid-charged mud eroded the dripstone and altered its shape. When the mud was later removed by flowing water, the older eroded forms remained alongside the new growth, resulting in a striking display of many-hued stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and cascades.

When I entered this cave, I truly felt that nature had hidden this treasure from Man for years until a simple curiosity led to its discovery just about a 100 years ago. I hope you'll like it.

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