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Know It All
March 01, 2014, 05:00 AM

Speleology is the exploration and study of caves. The goal of the National Speleological Society, headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., is to protect caves from damage and promote safe spelunking.

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Stalagmites are cone shaped mineral deposit that form on the floor of a cave. Stalactites hang from the roof.

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Do you know which country has the largest population?

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From April to October over 400,000 Mexican free-tailed bats live in Carlsbad Cavern in New Mexico. Tourists gather every evening to watch the bats fly out of the caves to eat insects.

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Floyd Collins (1887-1925) is sometimes called the “greatest cave explorer ever known.” In 1925, Collins became trapped by a fallen rock inside Sand Cave, part of Mammoth Caves, Ky. The rescue effort gained nationwide attention because of regular news bulletins on the relatively new medium of radio.

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Captain Caveman was a Hanna Barbera cartoon character that had super powers. He was an unfrozen caveman, befriended by three teenage girls. Cavey carried a magic club that made him fly.

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The Chauvet cave in France, discovered by spelunkers in 1994, contains cave drawings that are thought to be 32,000 years old. The rock art is the oldest human art in existence.

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Missouri is nicknamed the “Cave State” because it has more recorded caves than any other state.

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Answer: China, with a population of 1.2 billion people. India is the second most populous country with 1 billion people.

Know It All is by Kerry McArdle. It runs in the weekend and Wednesday editions of the Daily Journal. Questions? Comments? Email knowitall@smdailyjournal.com or call 344-5200 ext. 114.

 

 

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