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Falling Giants

The chamber known as The Fallen Giants is found within one of the largest caves of São Paulo’s Ribeira Valley: Devil’s Cavern – also known as Gruta da Tapagem, or Mysterious Place. The name of the chamber is a reference to the two gigantic stalagmites that toppled like monumental statues when the cave’s underground river eroded the floor. The chamber lies a few hours’ walk inside the cave. It is currently being studied by a team of geologists, who are analyzing the grotto’s rock structure and evolution.

Photo sent in by Professor William Sallun Filho, scientific researcher at the Geological Institute of the São Paulo State Department of the Environment and study coordinator

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