|Madagascar's "Stone Forest"|
Water later seeps into karst caves where it then can flow underground in "underground streams". The water can carve out caves by dissolution and fill in other caves by precipitating minerals that are in the water (i.e. can form those cool looking needles and pillars in caves called stalactites and stalagmites). Sinkholes are also common in a karst lanscape and form when the ground above the cave collapses into it. In short, Karst is extremely complex.
|LEMURS! Just hangin' out on the stone|
The strange and fantastic geology of the area also gives rise to a glorious collection of plants, animals and other forms of life. In many instances most of these species are only found within the stone forest.
Included below are links to a National Geographic article and photo gallery of Madagascar's Stone Forest.
Living on a Razor's Edge: Madagascar's labyrinth of stone (National Geographic Article)
Living on a Razor's Edge Photo Gallery (National Geographic Photos)