Incredible Caves Around the World to Explore
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For millennia, caves have provided shelter and served as habitats for billions of creatures on Earth, including early humans. Many caves hold entire ecosystems within their vast, dark depths that scientists are only beginning to uncover and understand. Today, caves of ice, rock, crystals, and minerals, each filled with its own ethereal beauty and mystery, lure visitors from all over the world. Inside these often damp and cool enclaves, pictographs share glimpses of ancient civilizations, stalactites hang like spear-shaped chandeliers, and massive gemstones glisten like treasure buried miles inside the earth. Here are 16 of the most striking cavernous sites to visit around the world.