How Do Caves Form?


Caves are formed by the erosive action of water. Over long periods of time, underground water sources dissolve chemicals in the ground or rock, thus creating a hole. When the water levels decrease, we are left with a cave.
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There are several factors. You have acidic water flowing, wind and natural earth settling all involved in the formation of caves and how they form.
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