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2011-04-12 07:38:35

Unlike the situation in other caves, damage caused by tourists at the Águila cave in Ávila, Spain is "imperceptible", despite it receiving tens of thousands of visitors each year. This is the main conclusion of an international research study headed by the University of Alcalá (UAH), which measured heat variations in the cave. "Despite the tens of thousands of visitors that the Águila Cave receives each year,...

2009-11-10 15:35:08

California experienced centuries-long droughts in the past 20,000 years that coincided with the thawing of ice caps in the Arctic, according to a new study by UC Davis doctoral student Jessica Oster and geology professor Isabel Montañez. The finding, which comes from analyzing stalagmites from Moaning Cavern in the central Sierra Nevada, was published online Nov. 5 in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The sometimes spectacular mineral formations in caves...

2009-07-28 15:19:44

Officials with western England's Wookey Hole Caves said more than 2,000 people have applied to become the attraction's new resident witch. Organizers of the search to find a resident witch for the Wells, England, caves said the performer will earn $82,000 per year portraying a legendary witch said to have lived in the caves during the Dark Ages, CNN reported Tuesday. Local legend states the witch lived with goats in the cave until she was turned to stone by a splash of holy water from an...

2009-03-28 11:32:51

U.S. pop star Michael Jackson is renting a country house in the London suburbs near caves rumored to be haunted, a source says. The unidentified source said representatives for Jackson agreed to pay $1.4 million to rent a home near the Chislehurst Caves in the suburban area of Bromley, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. His team signed up this week to stay there, the source said. We're not sure if he knows about the caves but they're all around. Jackson, 50, will stay in the British home...

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2008-04-02 00:05:00

Excavators in a Wisconsin cave have unearthed what may be the oldest prehistoric bones ever discovered, according to Dr. John Luczaj, an earth science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay professor. The bones were discovered in New Hope Cave at Cherney Maribel Caves County Park in January and February. Luczaj says they may be between 5,600 and 5,800 years old. J.D. Skattebo, chairman and founder of the Friends of Maribel Caves, believes that there may be older bones yet to be...

2006-07-26 00:05:00

SYDNEY -- A series of limestone caves west of Sydney, best known as a popular family tourist attraction, are in fact the world's oldest open caves, dating back 340 million years, Australian scientists say. The Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney were thought to be only a few thousand years old but actually predate dinosaurs, said Armstrong Osborne, a member of a Sydney University scientific team which recently dated the caves. "We've shown that these caves are hundreds of...

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2006-04-03 23:25:00

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. (AP) - John Roth shined his flashlight on a black streak flowing through the cream-colored marble forming the walls of the Oregon Caves. The graphite line is graphic evidence of dramatic global warming that consumed so much oxygen that it nearly wiped out all life on the planet 247 million years ago, said the natural resources specialist for the Oregon Caves National Monument. "It was the biggest extinction by far of all time," he said. "Geologists and paleontologists...

2006-02-07 09:53:02

PARIS (AP) - Cave drawings thought to be older than those in the famed caves of Lascaux have been discovered in a grotto in western France, officials from the Charente region said Sunday. A first analysis by officials from the office of cultural affairs suggests the drawings were made some 25,000 years ago, Henri de Marcellus, mayor of the town of Vilhonneur where the cave is located, told France-Info radio. He said, however, that the date could only be confirmed by further investigations....

2005-09-07 18:40:58

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Cave crickets travel farther from their homes to forage -- by about double -- than their previously reported range, researchers have discovered. In Texas, that means protective buffer areas around caves may need to be extended to protect endangered invertebrate species that live inside and depend on the crickets. Reporting in the journal American Midland Naturalist, a team of researchers led by Steven J. Taylor, an entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey and...


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Border Cave
2012-07-31 11:49:04

Border Cave is a rock shelter on the western slope of the Lebombo Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal near the border of South Africa and Swaziland. The west-facing cave is located about 330 feet below the crest of Lebombo range and offers a wide and long-range view of the Swazi countryside below. It is a semi-circular cave with a long horizontal opening, measuring some 133 feet across. It was formed from the Jurassic lavas as a result of differential weathering. Border Cave has a long...

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