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Cavern Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    cavern n
  1. any large dark enclosed space; "his eyes were dark caverns"
  2. a large cave or a large chamber in a cave v : hollow out as if making a cavern [syn: cavern out]
Cavern Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Cavern \Cav"ern\, n. [L. caverna, fr. cavus hollow: cf. F. caverne.] A large, deep, hollow place in the earth; a large cave.
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A cave or cavern is a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. Some people suggest that the term cave should only apply to natural cavities some part of which is in total darkness; however, in popular usage, the term includes smaller spaces like sea caves, rock shelters, and grottos.

Speleology is the science of exploration and study of all aspects of caves and the environment which surrounds the caves. Exploring a cave for recreation or science may be called caving, potholing, or, in Canada and the United States, spelunking (see Caving).

The formation and development of caves is known as speleogenesis. Caves are formed by various geologic processes. These may involve a combination of chemical processes, erosion from water, tectonic forces, microorganisms, pressure, atmospheric influences, and even digging.

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