GURCUOLUK CAVE AND ITS TOURISM POTENTIAL

Abstract

Author(s): ?aban ÇEL?KO?LU, Evren ATI?

The Cave of Gürcüoluk is located on a hillside which divides two huge doline within the Gölleryan? site, 3 kilometres east of Makarac? village in Amasra District; on an altitude of approximately 360 metres above the sea level.

The Cave of Gürcüoluk, which has taken a horizontal shape in a vadose zone, is a fossil cave with corridor position. Wtih a total lenght of 169 metres, the cave is formed from one single gallery separated by dripstones to two parlors and fifteen bigger and smaller than one another rooms around.

The cave has a touristic attractivenes owe to different cave sediments like stalactites, mini stalactites, stalagmites, columns, cover dripstones and wall dripstones; in a range of color including grey, cream and beige. The cave might be utilized for the purpose of diversifying the local tourism by some essential infrastructure regulations and presentation activities.

The current study aimed to put forth the touristic potential of Gürcüoluk Cave and to handle the natural environmental conditions, formation course and characteristics of the cave as well as observig the inadequacy in protection and utilization processes.

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