Speleology: Cave Science
Do you live in an area riddled with secret CAVES?
If you were a speleologist, you would not only be able to answer that question, but you would also be able to tell us about the geological structure and formation of the caves or karst topography in your area, and perhaps describe all the insects, animals and microorganisms that live in the caves.
As the site just linked to above puts it: “Nature has a hiding place where a lot of scientific secrets can be discovered.”
Speleology comes from the Greek spelaion or speos = “cave”, and cave explorers are often called spelunkers, but those who study caves scientifically are called speleologists. A third label, caver, is harder to define but is basically anyone with an avid interest in caves. 😀
Learn more about Speleology!
The Virtual Cave
Scientists Say: Speleology
International Journal of Speleology
National Speleological Society
Missouri Speleological Society
Karst or Caves on The Great Courses Plus :O>
Speleology as a career
Webster’s Home Cave
“10 Most Beautiful Caves”
“15 of the Most Majestic Caves”
List of Caves in the World on Wikipedia
Cave Science videos!
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