Canalobre Cave (Spanish: Cueva de Canelobre) is a karst cave located in the small municipality of Busot, Alicante Province, in the Valencian Community of Spain. It has an estimated area of at least 18,950 m2 (204,000 sq ft).[1] It is one of the largest and one of the most popular caves in the Valencian Community.[2][3]

Artificially lit grotto inside Cueva de Canelobre

The entrance to the cave is at the elevation of about 700 m (2,300 ft) on the northern slopes of the mountain ridge known as Cabeçó d'Or. The cave is known for a large vault of 70 m (230 ft) height similar in shape to a cathedral. The cave contains a wide variety of speleothems, including stalactites, coralloids, stalagmites, flowstones, draperies, columns, helictites, gours, spars, crusts and flowers.[4] Most are formed of calcite, though some in the lower areas are sulfate-based.[4][5]

Researchers have studied several aspects in the caves, including its microclimate and drip water.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Laliga, Luis Serra (2007). Estudio crítico de la flora vascular de la provincia de Alicante: aspectos nomenclaturales, biogeográficos y de conservación (in Spanish). Editorial CSIC - CSIC Press. p. 1230. ISBN 978-84-00-08616-9.
  2. ^ a b Rodes, José Miguel Andreu; Cañaveras, Juan Carlos; Cura, María Ángeles García del; Bravo, J. A. Hernández; Muñoz-Cervera, M. Concepcion; Javaloyes, Vicente Soler (2007). "Caracterización microclimática de la Cueva de Canelobre (Alicante)". Cuevas Turísticas: Aportación al Desarrollo Sostenible, 2007, ISBN 978-84-7840-722-4, Págs. 105-113. Instituto Geológico y Minero de España: 105–113. ISBN 978-84-7840-722-4.
  3. ^ a b Cuevas González, Jaime; Andreu Rodes, José Miguel; Cañaveras, Juan C.; Hernández Bravo, Juan Antonio; Sánchez Moral, Sergio; García del Cura, María Ángeles (2006). "Química de las aguas de goteo en la Cueva de Canelobre (Alicante)". Geogaceta. ISSN 0213-683X.
  4. ^ a b Cuevas-González, J.; Fernández-Cortés, A.; Muñoz-Cervera, M. C.; Benavente, D.; García del Cura, M. A.; Andreu, J. M.; Cañaveras, J. C. (2010), Andreo, Bartolomé; Carrasco, Francisco; Durán, Juan José; LaMoreaux, James W. (eds.), "Mineral-Forming Processes at Canelobre Cave (Alicante, SE Spain)", Advances in Research in Karst Media, Environmental Earth Sciences, Springer, pp. 503–508, doi:10.1007/978-3-642-12486-0_77, ISBN 978-3-642-12486-0
  5. ^ Cañaveras, Juan C.; Andreu Rodes, José Miguel; Muñoz Cervera, María Concepción; García del Cura, María Ángeles (2005). "Sulphate speleothems in Canelobre cave (Alicante, SE Spain)". Macla: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Mineralogía. ISSN 1885-7264.

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