Marble Caves

Marble Caves

Marble Caves

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Carved into the Patagonian Andes, the Cuevas de Mármol are located on a peninsula of solid marble bordering Lake General Carrera, a remote glacial lake that spans the Chile-Argentina border.

Formed by 6,000-plus years of waves washing up against calcium carbonate, the smooth, swirling blues of the cavern walls are a reflection of the lake’s azure waters, which change in intensity and hue, depending on water levels and time of year.  I made two trips to this area, on the first occasion there was a little too much water, the lake was lower on my second visit. I tried shooting over the course of five days so I could see the way the light and cloud cover affected water color throughout the day. Finally on the fifth day a high pressure system lowered water levels even more and I was able to capture even more of the otherwise submerged marble.

 

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