The Marble Caves Of Patagonia

Brilliance | Dec. 16, 2017

Sometimes, the art humans create pales in comparison to the works made by nature. The Marble Caves are one such marvel: erosion and light has turned geological formations into colorful works of sculpture.

Carved By Nature

The Marble Caves (also known as Cuevas de Mármol) are located in the Patagonian Andes, on a peninsula of solid marble. This unique geological formation sits in waters shared by Argentina and Chile, and is only accessible by boat.

Over more than 6,000 years, lake currents lapped at the marble, slowing carving out the smooth formations you see today. Though the marble itself isn't a brilliant blue, it dances with cerulean displays of color when the water reflects its light. As a result, it changes color throughout the year, depending on water levels and season. 

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