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Karaca Cave;(known locally as Karaca Mağarası) is a network of caves located near the Turkish town of Torul.
Karaca Mağarası is known since ancient times, the entrance area was used as a natural shelter by ancient man. The area around the cave consists of 1000m thick andezitic and basaltic lavas, tufas and agglomerates. In between this volcanic rocks lie some small patches of sedimentary rocks of limestone and marl. The cave is located in such a patch of marble, which is heavily fractured.
Karaca cave has abundant speleothems, and the most impressive sight are numerous rimstone pools. Getting bigger and more beautiful towards the end of the cave they are up to 1m deep. The pools are often filled with dripping water, but there is no cave river any more. The tour follows the horizontal main passage of the cave through four chambers. Two of the chambers are divided by such an amount of speleothems, that most people would count six chambers. The passage is rather big, starting at about 2m at the entrance it becomes higher and the average height is 18m.
The cave possesses the most beautiful, magnificant and fascinating examples of dripstones.It is such a beautiful and a valuable place that deserves to enter The World Estate List of UNESCO.So it is foremost and the principle touristic place in Gumushane.In the aspects of the health tourism,it is very effective in treatment of respiratory diseases.
The Karaca Cave was open to the visitors in 1996. It has been visited by the 500,000 people since then.