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GUIDE Exploring Underground Caves have fascinated people since ancient times . In prehistoric times , people lived in caves for protection from the weather and wild animals . Early American Indians buried their dead deep in caves . They decorated the cave walls with beautiful paintings that showed their way of life . Ancient tribes in many parts of the world also explored caves looking for precious metals . Caves were also used as a place to hide by people who were trying to avoid the law . For instance , in the 19 th century , the American robber Jesse James hid in caves from lawmen . Pirates in the Caribbean Islands hid stolen treasures in caves . Then , about a hundred years ago , people began to explore caves for fun and because they were curious to see what they could find . This activity has become so popular that there are caving organizations on every continent . Caving is as adventurous as you want it to be . The challenges involved in caving depend on the cave that is being visited . Tourist caves like Mammoth Cave in the U . S . or the Cango Caves in South Africa offer many different activities . Families with children can take a short guided tour that follows a regular walking path . More adventurous visitors , who want to feel like “ real ” explorers , can take longer tours that require climbing and crawling through caves . For those people who like the idea of crawling through caves or climbing ropes , there are “ wild” caves . These caves have no facilities , which makes exploring the caves more challenging but also more exciting . Imagine discovering underground waterfalls , colorful rocks and unusual creatures like orange spiders that glow in the dark . As one experienced explorer says , “ You never know what you’ll find , but that’s what makes caving so exciting . ” 1 buried 2 lawmen 3 facilities

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