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EarthCache

Table Mountain - Cape Town

A cache by spuzva Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 3/20/2008
Difficulty:
2.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2.5 out of 5

Size: Size: not chosen (not chosen)

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This earthcache is very fascinated natural baeuty scenery. Situated at the south-western tip of Africa, the Table Mountain National Park encompasses the incredibly scenic Table Mountain Chain stretching from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in S.



Table Mountain for many years and centuries a landmark for seafarers and voyagers rises to a height of 1086 m above sea level and is visible from as much as 60 km offshore. The striking horizontal edge of the summit plateau runs above two kilometres from east to west. Planked by Windberg and Lion´s Head the mountain forms a magnificent amphiteatre around the central city Groote Shuur Estate and Kirstenbosch lie at the foot of the eastern sloops. The Western front of the mountain were known in the past time (during Van Riebeek) as the Gevelbergen „Gabled Peaks“. The flat summit was formed through the virtually total erosion of the friable tillites of the Pakhuis formation and the shales of the Cederberg formation (two subdivisions of the Table Mountain series). Some tillite remnans are still ro be found at M.B. the true summit. The mountain consists mainly of coarse grained sandstone of the Table Mountain series, deposited in shallow seas during the Ordovician period (XXX - YYY mill. years ago). The strata rose and were incised by erosion along seams running north westerly and north easterly, so that Windberg and LH were separated from Table Mountain proper. The precipitous faces and deep clefts such as Platteklip Ravine were also produced by these seams. For many years the Varsrivier (Fresh River) which rises in Platteklip Ravine supplied water to visiting ships and this led directly to the founding of the settlement at the Cape in 1652. An avarage annual rain tall of 1600mm makes the summit plateau an ideal catchment area for the five reservoirs, on top of the mountain, which for many years provided Cape Town´s main water supplies. The mountain´s famous „Table Cloth“ (the French called it a „wig“) is caused by the southeaster and deposits a good deal of moisture on the mountain, even in the dry summer month´s. Numerous fossil traces of Arthropeda from the Silurian period (cca ZZZ years ago) which are to by found in the paving stones at the Upper Cable Way Station, testify to a rich concentartion of fauna in the mountain´s geological past.


Questions:
1. What is the real name of Windberg today?
2. What is the name of the highest point of Table Mountain?
3. What is the real name of Gevelbergen?
4. XXX - YYY = ? and ZZZ = ?
5. If you stay on the plateu (see the photo) and look down to the sea, which important peak you can see on your left hand and which important island?
6. Make a picture of yourself with the GPS on the place with plateu (coordinates) see the photo hint! The logs without answers or without a photo will be deleted!
The park is open everyday from 8 am until 5 pm. Entrance fee (Cable way) is 120 ZAR for adults. You cand also climb to the top… :)


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