Gruta das Torres

Infobox Cave
name = Gruta das Torres
photo = Gruta das Torres Exit.jpg
caption = Algar da Ponte
location = Criação Velha, Pico Island, Azores
depth =
length = 5,150 meters
coordinates = coord|38|29|39.48|N|28|30|8.64|W
survey =
survey electronic format = (which cave software is it in)
discovery = 1990
geology = Lava tube
number of entrances = Many
list of entrances =
difficulty = Easy
hazards =
access = Public
translation =
language = Portuguese
pronunciation =

The Gruta das Torres is located outside of Criação Velha, Madalena on the western slopes of Mount Pico. The cave is part of a pahoehoe lava flow which originated from the Cabeço Bravo parasitic cone about 500 to 1500 years ago. It is the longest cave in the Azores at 5,150 meters with heights up to 15 meters.

The Azores Regional Government declared the cave a regional natural monument on March 18, 2004 (Monumento Natural Regional DLR N.° 6/2004/A). The Gruta das Torres is open to the public since 2005. The first 400 meters are accessible to visitors accompanied by a guide.

References

* Áreas Ambientais dos Açores, Livro da Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e do Mar., 2005

External links

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* [http://www.showcaves.com/english/pt/caves/Torres.html Show Caves of the World - Gruta das Torres ]


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