Photographer's Note

View of the bed of the underground river that emerges from the southern entrance or Cat Cave.

The Cat Cave is actually the southern mouth of the caving system called System Hundidero-Cat, but usually is usually known to the whole by the name of this, his most famous mouth. This is the most important system of Andalusia with over 9,000 m topografiados and one of the largest in Spain, with permanent water, potholes, lakes, siphons and certain danger because heavy rains in the area do change the channel with large underground speed, together with the temperature of the water, has killed several people.
The system has been declared a natural monument of Andalucía.

The Cat Cave is located between the towns of Montejaque and Benaoján in the province of Malaga (Spain), within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, about 15 km west of Ronda.

The chasm or cave lies Hundidero about 3 km north of the roadside Montejaque MA-505, being the upper mouth or input to the system at a height of 593 m. The system is developed in a total of 7,818 m and a height of -219 m, with a distance of 4,500 m main north-south to the south end or bottom of the Cat Cave at an altitude of 423 m, right in the Guadiaro river and along the road MA-555 Ronda-Benaoján and railroad Ronda-Algeciras.

In 1920 he built a hydroelectric dam (Dam called the Knights) at the entrance of the cave to try to exploit this Hundidero permanent channel. The glass of the dam, karst nature, caused the leakage of water, returning to reappear inside the system. Among other actions were built, roads, walkways, bridges and lighting was installed, some of which can still be seen, to plug with concrete galleries receiving waters, but without success, so finally in 1950 was abandoned site.

However, these changes caused the water no longer flows through the same Sima Hundidero or by the first section of the cave, but the new leaks appear in the cave soon after, becoming more unpredictable system behavior as it begins the journey without water and gradually formed a great deal that can make it impossible to continue. They also destroyed a large number of formations.

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Viewed: 1922
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