Geology of caves

General Interest Publication



A cave is a natural opening in the ground extending beyond the zone of light and large enough to permit the entry of man. Occurring in a wide variety of rock types and caused by widely differing geological processes, caves range in size from single small rooms to intercorinecting passages many miles long. The scientific study of caves is called speleology (from the Greek words spelaion for cave and logos for study). It is a composite science based on geology, hydrology, biology, and archaeology, and thus holds special interest for earth scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Unnumbered Series
Title Geology of caves
Series title General Interest Publication
DOI 10.3133/7000072
Year Published 1991
Language English
Publisher U.S. Government Printing Office
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 19 p. : ill.
Country United States
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