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Historically and archeologically speaking, Mark says, the Conch Bar Caves are important to the Turks and Caicos because “they do hold stories of the past, secrets of the past.” www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Historically and archeologically speaking, Mark says, the Conch Bar Caves are important to the Turks and Caicos because “they do hold stories of the past, secrets of the past.” www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

“I was just blown away. I just love these kind of environments,” he says. “I get very excited coming in here still.” www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

“I was just blown away. I just love these kind of environments,” he says. “I get very excited coming in here still.” www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Today, the presence of former cave dwellers is evident on the roof of parts of the cave, which appears blackened from smoke – likely from fires set either by Lucayans or the guano miners. The initials of early 20th century visitors are marked on rocks: G.W.S 1915, H.H.H. 1918. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Today, the presence of former cave dwellers is evident on the roof of parts of the cave, which appears blackened from smoke – likely from fires set either by Lucayans or the guano miners. The initials of early 20th century visitors are marked on rocks: G.W.S 1915, H.H.H. 1918. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Conch Bar Cave is the largest above ground cave system in the entire Bahamas - Turks and Caicos archipelago. In the 1880s, bat manure was mined here and exported for fertilizer. During these excavations, several ancient Lucayan Indian artifacts were found, including two unique Duho seats.

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And perhaps more importantly, a cave system as old as the Conch Bar Caves – old enough, scientists believe, to have once been submerged in the ocean – also offers scientists an avenue for climate change research.  www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

And perhaps more importantly, a cave system as old as the Conch Bar Caves – old enough, scientists believe, to have once been submerged in the ocean – also offers scientists an avenue for climate change research. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

The Conch Bar Caves are a live cave system, which means it is still active and growing, as evident in the water dripping from the cave ceiling and continually forming speleothems. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

The Conch Bar Caves are a live cave system, which means it is still active and growing, as evident in the water dripping from the cave ceiling and continually forming speleothems. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

It’s wise to explore the caves with proper footwear as the terrain can be slippery, and the cave floor opens up sporadically to deep holes and ponds. Manoeuvring through the caves, you’ll come across massive boulders that were once joined with the roof of the cave and openings that let in sunlight and tree roots. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

It’s wise to explore the caves with proper footwear as the terrain can be slippery, and the cave floor opens up sporadically to deep holes and ponds. Manoeuvring through the caves, you’ll come across massive boulders that were once joined with the roof of the cave and openings that let in sunlight and tree roots. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Sheer beauty in the Conch Bar Caves. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Sheer beauty in the Conch Bar Caves. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

The Conch Bar Caves are home to bats, crustaceans and isopods. The bats hide out in crevices throughout the caves, but you’ll occasionally hear their squeaks and beating wings. On our tour in February, we stumbled upon a white land crab in a ground crevice – an uncommon find, Carrie says. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

The Conch Bar Caves are home to bats, crustaceans and isopods. The bats hide out in crevices throughout the caves, but you’ll occasionally hear their squeaks and beating wings. On our tour in February, we stumbled upon a white land crab in a ground crevice – an uncommon find, Carrie says. www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Hosea Gardiner, an eco-tour guide with Big Blue, grew up on North Caicos, a neighboring island to the west that connects to Middle Caicos via a causeway. But until last year, he had never been inside the cave system. His reaction upon his first cave exploration? “How am I going to get out?” Hosea says with a laugh. “I was wondering how I’d never been in before.” www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

Hosea Gardiner, an eco-tour guide with Big Blue, grew up on North Caicos, a neighboring island to the west that connects to Middle Caicos via a causeway. But until last year, he had never been inside the cave system. His reaction upon his first cave exploration? “How am I going to get out?” Hosea says with a laugh. “I was wondering how I’d never been in before.” www.islandlifeandtimes.com #turks #caicos #turksandcaicos

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