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The Patience of Nature

The Patience of Nature in Cave Décor

Nothing can surpass

the patience of nature

in creating its magnificent

works of art buried underground

in extraordinary, elaborate cave décor,

masterpieces that form over millions of years.

Drop after drop of

calcium carbonate water

build one on top of another,

taking from 50 to 150 years

to complete one cubic centimeter

of colorful patterned cave onyx

materializing into

magnificent structures

waving across the walls,

dripping from the ceiling,

and growing up from the ground

in reds, blues, black, browns, and white.

(Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mound, WI)

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