An introduction to the world's most fascinating caves. This work explores every nook and cranny of these nature-made creations, including lava caves, sea caves, and glacial caves, from Kentucky's Mammoth Cave, to the amazing Paleolithic paintings of Lascaux, to Fingal's Cave of Scotland, which inspired Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture.
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Origin of the Landform
Mammoth Cave of Kentucky
Cenotes Chicxulub and the Caves of Yucatan
Lascaux Cave of Southwestern France
Carlsbad Cavern of New Mexico
Wind Cave of South Dakota
Kverkfjöll Cave of the Vatnajökull Glacier
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