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There are more than 5,000 caves on Crete. They are a unique and vulnerable part
of our natural history heritage and perform a fascination to human since ever.
Significant archives of the history of Earth lie down where present and past meet.
Caves contain valuable information about the development of human cultures and the
wildlife as well as provide information about the creation of the landscape and the
effects of climate and environmental changes.
Openings in untouched caves are narrow and close. They are not isolated entities but almost part of a large karst system, involved in a total cycle.
The figure shows “active” stalactites in the Gerani cave. A stalactite is a limestone, hanging from the cave ceiling. His counterpart is the stalagmite, “growing” from the ground. Both words derive from the Greek στάλαγ μα (same as σταλαγμό ς, drop). Picture: Maria Eleftheria.
010-04/E - Excursion to Zoniana Cave
013-04/E - Excursion to the Labyrinth Cave
014-04/E - Excursion to the Eileithyia Cave
015-04/E - Excursion to the Cave of Gernai
016-04/E - Excursion to the Trapéza Cave
017-04/E - Excursion to the Idaean Cave
018-04/E - Excursion to the Vreiko Cave
019-04/E - Excursion to the Caves
107-05/E - Karst cave at Plaka
108-05/E - Agia Foteini Cave
115-05/E - Small dripstone cave between Amnatos and Arkadi
120-05/E - "Cult"-Cave at Xerókambos / Southeast Crete
124-05/E - Souré-Cave
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