Caves, rocks and holes
Our country is that of plains and forests, however, some unusual features gifted by nature can also be found. Deep in the woods, or at the foot of steep slopes one can come across rocks, abyss-deep holes and even caves, which recall of cavemen’s abodes.
Scientists define caves as cavities formed naturally underground that are at least five meter long and are large enough for humans to enter. Some caves in Lithuania are almost 10 meter deep, and inside it one can several different chambers. Such caves formed by the underground water washing out the rock, are a marvel not only to explorers of nature. In Lithuania at least, the walls of some of such caves could hear plenty of love words, when young people arranged their secret dates inside.
If caves serve as a perfect cover for lovers seeking shelter from an inquisitive eye, one who climbs a rock gains a bird’s view of the area. Rocks are huge, vertically promoted formations of stony material with steep sides. They happen to be formed above the ground or underwater. Their tops are mostly tapering, while their faces are stark naked, as there is no soil on the rocky surface and no vegetation.
If rocks reach into skies, holes sink into the ground. These mysterious openings attract the curious ones most. Legends and tales abound how holes several-dozen-meter deep were formed following a curse for evil works. Some of such abysses are said to have swallowed cursed churches, other hollows opened when devil-frequented inns vanished underground.
According to scientists, such holes were formed by the melting glaciers, when several large fragments of ice split away from the glacier and remained buried under sediment. Then ice melted and formed deep terrain depressions.