Caves : An Underground Hollow With Access From The Ground Surface Or Fromthe Sea

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Introduction to Caves According to Dictionary.com , a cave is an underground hollow with access from the ground surface or fromthe sea, often found in limestone areas and on rocky coastlines. The way caves develop and form is called speleogenesis. Caves form when weathering of rocks, erosion, pressure, and chemical transactions takes place. Caves can take over thousands of years to form and age back to centuries ago. Most caves are usually found in limestone. Because of this, a lot of caves first start to form because it will rain and the water will seep into the surface, becoming slightly acidic as its progressing down. The acid is able to break down limestone and this continues for hundreds of years. The water makes the cracks in the surface much larger, exposing them to the air. The water starts to create formations in this new cave with the help of some other chemical reactions, thus constructing a cave.
Caves have been used for lots of human occupations, some starting a very long time ago. Caves were used for art. Lots of paintings can be found in them. Cueva de las Manos is a cave in Argentina that is known for the art of handprints on the insides of the cave. Also, Cueva de la Manos is translated to “Cave of Hands” in English. Within the Paleolithic period of the Stone Age, people began to create stone tools and weapons, and caves were a place for this to happen.
Additionally, caves were used for shelter and protection, and since…
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