Cave FAQs:

Q: Is a cave a hollow place in the ground?

A: Yes, and specifically a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter.

Q: Are caves formed by various geologic processes and can be variable sizes?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves formed when solution cavities are joined by mixing of chemically diverse water?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves called speleothems?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves formed when layers of more soluble minerals?

A: Yes, such as gypsum, dissolve out from between layers of less soluble rock.

Q: Are caves found widely in Europe?

A: Yes, and Asia, North America and Oceania, but are sparse in South America, Africa, and Antarctica.

Q: Is a cave the wind or aeolian cave?

A: Yes, and carved by wind-born sediments.

Q: Are caves the most common of cave patterns and are formed near sinkholes where groundwater recharge occurs?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves formed by the openings among large boulders that have fallen down into a random heap?

A: Yes, and often at the bases of cliffs.

Q: Is a cave 603 m in Vrtoglavica Cave in Slovenia?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves likely to shift?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves caves, usually coastal, containing a mixture of freshwater and saline water?

A: Yes, They occur in many parts of the world, and often contain highly specialized and endemic fauna.

Q: Are caves found throughout the world?

A: Yes, but only a small portion of them have been explored and documented by cavers.

Q: Are caves found along coasts around the world?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a cave the salle de La Verna in the French Pyrenees?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves formed by melting ice and flowing water within and under glaciers?

A: Yes.

Q: Were caves used for burials , or as religious sites?

A: Yes, Among the known sacred caves are China's Cave of a Thousand Buddhas and the sacred caves of Crete.

Q: Are caves the most frequently occurring caves?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves sometimes misidentified as "ice caves"?

A: Yes, though this latter term is properly reserved for bedrock caves that contain year-round ice formations.

Q: Are caves often adorned with calcium carbonate formations produced through slow precipitation?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves known as speleogenesis?

A: Yes, and which can occur over the course of millions of years.

Q: Are caves located in limestone?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves visited by many surface-living animals?

A: Yes, and including humans.

Q: Are caves those that form entirely by erosion by flowing streams carrying rocks and other sediments?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves formed in limestone by dissolution?

A: Yes.

Q: Are caves now above sea level because of later uplift?

A: Yes.