“Sayle had become a most gallant leader, resorting to desperate measures in order to save the people who had faith in him.”
Preachers Cave - More About Eleuthera Caves
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“The larger of the two ships and all the provisions were lost, but only one life, and the unfortunates who sheltered in Preacher's Cave were forced to subsist on any wild fruit they could fine, and possibly managed to procure some fish. But their condition was desperate, and the aged parson, Patrick Copeland, is presumed to have died as a result of the appalling conditions on arrival.”
Caves on Eleuthera were created by the dissolution of carbonate sands. These appear to have been formed in a combination of typical down flow of surface water creating karst sinkhole terrain. The caves here have been formed during past periods of lower sea level; with sea level rise, the caves have been flooded and presently lie both above and below the water table. The lowest level of caves contains salt water. Floating above this in both caves and cenotes is a relatively thin layer of surface fresh water. Above this is the zone of air-filled cave or open sinkhole.
The second method of cave modification occurs with the constant flushing of tidal seawater into and out of the caves below sea level, washing out and hollowing the rock beneath the ground. Along the coast, this continuing erosion produces swim-throughs and water caverns.
Where there is limestone you will always find caves, and Eleuthera possesses plenty of them, from end to end.
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