Peștera Scărișoara

( Scărișoara Cave )

Scărișoara Cave (Romanian: Peștera Scărișoara, Hungarian: Aranyosfői-jégbarlang), is one of the biggest ice caves in the Apuseni Mountains of Romania, in the western part of the Romanian Carpathians. It is considered a show cave and one of the natural wonders of Romania. It has also been described as a glacier cave.

First mentioned in 1863 by the Austrian geographer Arnold Schmidl, who made some observations and the first map of the cave,[1] it was later explored by the Romanian scientist and speleologist Emil Racoviță between 1921 and 1923,[1] who mentioned it and its origin in his 1927 work Speologia (Speleology). The ice cave was formed 3,500 years ago, during the glaciations, when these mountains were covered by snow and ice.[2] The exact date when the cave was first discovered by humans is unknown.[1]

^ a b c Steve Kokker, Cathryn Kemp (2004). Romania & Moldova, Lonely Planet Publications, p. 232. ISBN 1-74104-149-X ^ Cite error: The named reference readersnatural was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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