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Video: Speleo 73 Trou du Four, France

Discovery Questions:
Where are some of the most famous caves in the World?
Who were some famous cavers?
What are some famous milestones in the history of the sport?
What are some types of caving?
How are caves classified?
What physical factors contribute to making a cave?
What types of bacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals can be found in caves?
What are some types of accidents experienced by cavers?
What are some common climate conditions found in caves?
What gear is commonly taken while caving?
From what materials are the gear made?
From what chemical compounds are these materials made?
What are some common caving maneuvers in the sport?
What schools are available to teach the sport?
What records are held in the sport and by whom?
What are some personality characteristics of cavers?
What are some of the dangers that occur during caving?
What is the role of fear in learning the sport?
What slang used in the sport?
What effects does caving have on the environments in which it is practiced?

Types of Caving:
  • caving
  • cave diving

Types of Caves:

Major Cave Systems in US:

Major Cave Systems around the World:
  • Cave of Swallows, Mexico
  • Soring Dragon Cave, China

Caving Equipment:

Technology Issues:
caving equipment, cave mapping

Environmental Issues:
Aquifers, Cave Climate, Cave Formation Process, Cave Community Structure and Biodiversity, Earthquakes and Cave-Ins, Hydrologic Cycle, Minerals, Rocks (sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic), and the Rock Cycle, Groundwater (springs, wells, movement, contamination), National Parks, No-Trace Exploration, and Sustaining Cave Biodiversity

Health Concerns:
broken bones, hypothermia, suffocation