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Caves – Mysterious and Intriguing  

Have you ever explored a cave? Caves are dark and interesting. You might imagine animals or people that have been in the cave before you. But have you ever wondered how a cave is made? Caves are usually made when water runs over soft rock, such as limestone.

The acid in the water slowly eats away the limestone, making a hole. The hole gets larger and larger. If the water finds a new path, the cave is left dry.

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All About Caves - the Dark Mysterious Underground Rooms of the Italian Cascata Varone Waterfall Caves, near the Riva di Garda.

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Caves can also be created when hot lava melts rocks, forming holes. Occasionally, the ceiling of a cave collapses, leaving a huge room or cavern. Tidal waters along a coast can carve out caves.

Fun Facts About Caves for Kids

  • Dripping water contains lime, or calcium bicarbonate. Over hundreds of years, the lime builds up and hardens, becoming stalactites.
  • Sometimes stalagmites grow up from the floor of a cave. In all cases, these sculptures are caused by mineral deposits that have hardened.
  • Speleology is the study of caves. Would you like to be a speleologist?
  • Caves provide shelter for many animals, such as bats, insects and hibernating mammals.
  • Caves also provide shelter for humans.
  • A cave is also called a cavern.
  • Exploring caves is called caving, potholing, or spelunking.

Caves Vocabulary

  1. Limestone: soft, sedimentary rock
  2. Acid: a strong substance that can dissolve other materials
  3. Tidal water: Waters coming in from the ocean
  4. Collapse: fall or crumble
  5. Speleologist: someone who studies caves

All About Caves Video for Kids

Here’s a great video for kids on Caves:

Caves Q&A

Question: Are caves dangerous?

Answer: Caves can be dangerous because they can collapse and it’s hard to breathe in them. Because they’re dark and twisted, it’s easy to become lost. Never explore a cave without an adult.

 

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