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The Pangihan cave according to one guide was once a fortress or hide out of the people in time immemorial especially during world war 2. That is why here you can still see the debris or marks and some graffiti which reminds of the past life.
One of the major reasons why people are fascinated by caves in the presence of cave formation or speleothems. These come in many different shapes but are all formed by mineral deposited in water. The common speleothems are stalactites and stalagmites grow up from the floor.
The phrase, ” Stalactite” “hang tight” and “Stalagmites” grow might” or you may help remember it where each one of these forms, by its word stalagmites grew from the ground, while stalactites grew from the ceiling.
Once stalactites and stalagmites meet, a column is formed. Columns can continue to grow even after they formed, becoming larger and larger in diameter. Some columns are large enough for new stalactites to sprout from its sides. Another typical speleothem is a drapery. Draperies are formed in much the same way as stalactites except that the drops of water flow down an incline from the ceiling rather fall directly from the ceiling. Draperies are thin and usually wavy much like the curtains that people hang on picture windows. Helictites, on the other hand, are small, twisted deposits of minerals ( usually calcite) that grow and formed by seeping water that is water that hasn’t formed drops and doesn’t flow which keeps their size relatively small and seemingly permits them to defy gravity.
Caves are unique natural wonder and must not be defaced. Writing graffiti on the walls or removing caves formations ( including the nests of the swiftlet used in bird’s nest soup) are frowned upon by every cave in the world. In most countries, it is against the law. Cave life lives a precarious existence and it should not be disturbed or collected. Caving can be the very enjoyable experience but it is not to be taken lightly nor done by the inexperienced or unprepared. It provides an unforgettable experience in an underground world, True from the stresses of city life we, however, must always remember that everything brought into a cavern must be taken back out.
So whether you are a nature lover like me or a newbie in caving there are enough caves to explore with varying degrees of difficulty. But what is more important is the conservation of these natural wonders. These caves are formed by the natural hands of nature as old as the earth itself and with the careless hands of an irresponsible man could destroy them in an instant. Hence do your part to conserve them as I am doing mine.
This is just a reminder, During stopovers, you need to turn your lights off to save up energy and afford you to feel what is like to be enveloped in total darkness.
Simply put caving is the exploration of caves. It may not be the first a cave has been entered but it might be an exploration on a personal level by someone who has not been in that particular cave before. Caving is different from speleology, which is the study of caves. This was further confused by a third term_ spelunking. Which was coined in the first half of 1900 to describe? Visiting cave for recreational purposes. For a long time thus spelunking and caving became pretty much synonymous.
Caves- Are also called caverns, are naturally hollow areas in the earth that are large enough for a person to enter.
Stalactites carved by time at the aperture, cast shadows on the walls that seem to conjure images of deities perpetually etched in stones.
Longest cave ever explored is the mammoth flint ridge cave system in Kentucky USA. ( 550 km)