is located 2 km southeast of Platani village and occurs as a
unique cave in the surficial gypsum deposits. The name of this
cave comes from the fig tree planted at the mouth of the cave.
The access to the cave is from the west. The mouth of the cave
lies at an easily accessible place at the end of the path that
comes from Platani village.
( CaSO4.2H2O) is a mineral easily altered by the
circulation of meteoric waters. It is a mineral which can be
easily scratched by nail and is classified as the second mineral
on the Mohs Hardness scale. Gypsum precipitated from seawater by
evaporation in basins with restricted water circulation.
Karstification is a morphological process occurring in gypsum
waters coming through cracks, joints or faulted surfaces
dissolve the rock mass producing caves and other such features
in the rock body .
There are 22 areas where gypsum deposits are found in the northern part of
Cyprus. “Incirli Cave” occurs in gypsum deposits that
consist of fine-grained, laminated as well as
crystalline varieties and lies in the centre of the Agios
Iacovos syncline. The syncline,
which forms an important structure in the southern part of the
Kyrenia range, is 6 km in length and
700 m in width.
length of the cave in the east–west direction is 250 m, its
width 5-10 m and its height 4-7 m. It can be entered easily by
stairs.. The dissolution gaps observed
on the roof of the cave appear to have been caused by
gravity faulting. Stalactites/stalagmites and cauliflower
structures are also seen in the cave. The eastern end of the
cave has been blocked by gypsum blocks that fell from the roof.
This cave has not been deeply evaluated. According to the geological history of Cyprus, the structural process happened at least 750,000 – 1,000,000 years ago and the karstification which exists is not less than 100,000 years old.