Olympic torch carried through iconic Geopark
The Olympic flame was briefly hidden from the light of day on 5 June 2012 as it was carried through a labyrinth of natural caves in Northern Ireland. John Collins carried the Olympic Flame through Marble Arch Caves on a boat, navigating the underground river on its way to the London Olympics.
The magnificent caves are part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh, they are widely regarded as a world-class natural attraction containing marvelous stream passages formed by three rivers that sink underground on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain.
A Global Geopark is a unified area with geological heritage of international significance and where that heritage is being used to promote the sustainable development of the local communities who live there. Today UNESCO gives its ad hoc support to national Geopark initiatives which are coordinated through the Global Geoparks Network (GGN) where national geological heritage initiatives benefit fully from their membership of a global network of exchange and cooperation.
- Follow the Olympic Flame through the marble Arch Caves (BBC News video)
- Learn more about Global Geoparks