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SPELEOLOGY EXPLORES CAVES

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Speleology is the scientific study of caves, including discovery, exploration and knowledge of cave deposits.

The first speleological society was founded in France in 1895, and major advances in the study of caves have been made since the 1930s.The world's best-known cave area is in the Alps of central and southern Europe, from France through Switzerland and Austria to Yugoslavia.

In the United States, Kentucky, Missouri and New Mexico are the best known cave areas.