But these caves aren’t just great opportunities for exploration—they are portals into our geologic past. Beneath the Earth’s surface, these cavernous environments offer insight into sociology and history. They also have incredibly unique ecosystems that support a diverse array of organisms. And caves are a source of fresh drinking water for a quarter of the world.
This November, the Science Friday team went on the road to Louisville, Kentucky, and it rocked (both figuratively and literally). When Western Kentucky University cave scientist Jason Polk, graduate student Fernando Hernandez, and graduate student James Shelley invited the team to visit Crumps Cave, a research cave in southern Kentucky, we jumped at the chance.
Grab your helmets—we’re going caving. Listen to our trip and see some pictures below.