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speleology

(spē′lē-ŏl′ə-jē)
n.
1. The scientific study of caves.
2. Exploration of caves.

spe′le·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
spe′le·ol′o·gist n.
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What is merely a small crack to a speleologist is a network of immense galleries to most troglobionts.
Just as mountaineers aspire to reach the world's highest peaks, speleologists compete to see who can go deepest.
To date, speleologists have identified nineteen entrances, although only two have been developed for public access.
Once he has re-emerged, Cipriano is all too eager to erase this oneiric and yet all too real experience, in the same way as is reported as happening to speleologists who have visited the 'foibe'.
Scientists who study this fascinating underground world, and the organisms that live there, are called speleologists (spee-lee-ahl-ehjests) after the study of caves - speleology.
Jenkins and Burkhead (1994) discussed the absence of cave fishes in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia and noted that some speleologists have specifically looked for cave fishes in the region.
Four speleologists (specialists in caves) worked with them for the first week to investigate accusations of mass burials in the many caves of Rwanda.
The speleologists of this underground slaughter wander from one room to another, each time finding the same spectacle.
Speleologists are also captivated by this extraordinary work of nature considering that numerous caves have also been found along the canyon, some of which are up to six million years old.
The seven people entered the cave at about 8 pm Friday night; they are known to be speleologists.
Ever since the first Royal Geographical Society expedition in 1978, when a team of scientists and speleologists descended on Mulu's forest-covered landscape, cavers have been returning to the park every two or three years.
A similar illness had been described in other speleologists in Arkansas and Venezuela.