The Cairns

The Cairns are a low, eroded region of mountains and hills forming most of the southwestern corner of mainland Ydra. Not so high as the Hridbalk or as heavily glaciated as the Keel, they are nonetheless a rugged and sparsely populated area, largely covered in moorland. The mountains have an extensive sedimentary cap composed mainly of chalk and limestone, and in ancient times were mined extensively for nodules of flint; these workings remain as tunnels in the chalk, many partly collapsed. Other parts of the Cairns harbor extensive natural cave systems.

Moorness is nearby, though separated from the Cairns proper by leagues of forest.


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