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Roger Weller, geology instructor regional geology planetary gems
What to Look For in Caves
Okay, kids, so before we go on the field trip to a cave we have to make sure that we talk about things to look out for in a cave. There are many things that live in caves such as bats, insects, and cave-adapted animals. For these living creatures, a cave is their home just like you and your home. For example:
house had to be made by a builder using supplies and materials.
When a cave is being created its building supplies and materials are water. They have little holes going to the outside of them that if it rains the water can leak into the cave forming different structures.
lights that hang from your ceiling.
Even though they do not give
off light in a cave, they have things that hang from the ceiling that are called
stalactites that are made of material in dripping water. Now, we can remember
these because stalactites have to hold on tight to the ceiling.
also have formations-large objects- that stand on the floor that are called
Just like how your parents go shopping and bring food home for you to eat in your house. They have little holes going to the outside of them. If it rains, the water can carry food into the caves so that the living, can eat without going outside of the cave.
and girls, now that we know a little about what to look for in caves we are
ready to go on our field trip. If we have any more questions during our field
trip we can talk about it as a class and if we still cannot figure it out we can
ask our tour guide.