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Jul 10–Jul 16, 2017
Chernobyl by Day, Kyiv by Night
Sep 08–Sep 14, 2017
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Sep 28–Oct 06, 2017
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Lincoln Memorial Undercroft
A cavernous three-story, 43,800-square-foot basement that was forgotten about for 60 years.
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Las Salinas of Puerto de Mazarrón
Abandoned tunnels dug for the once-thriving sea salt industry on the coast of southern Spain.
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A natural wonder that drops 16 stories straight down through rare flora and streaming waterfalls.
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Caverns of Sonora
A Texas cave network is home to some of the world's most spectacular-looking and bizarrely named mineral formations.
Added by Steve S
Found: Snakes That Hunt in Packs
Cuban boas coordinate their strikes from cave ceilings.
May 24, 2017
Found: Earliest Evidence of Humans Living on the Australian Coast
An island cave held artifacts from 50,000 years ago.
May 19, 2017
La Cueva de las Manos (Cave of Hands)
Stenciled handprints and wall paintings dating back 10,000 years, some of the earliest forms of cave art.
Added by tr8lina
New Haven, Connecticut
The cave where two British judges hid in exile after sentencing the king to death.
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In Kansas City, One Stubborn Cave Won't Give Up Its Secrets
Is Roanoke Park Cave mysterious—or just boring?
May 05, 2017
Sassi di Matera
People have been living in the cave houses on this Italian hillside since the Neolithic era.
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The abandoned mine where American troops discovered a treasure trove of art and artifacts hidden by the Nazis.
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Tambon Rong Kwang, Thailand
Pha Nang Khoi Cave
The long underground cave's curiously shaped stalagmites have inspired many legends.
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The Missouri Orchid Farmer Who Ditched His Greenhouse for a Cave
Turns out there are plenty of upsides to growing delicate flowers underground.
April 11, 2017
The Crypt of the Original Sin
A cave in southern Italy adorned with thousand-year-old Biblical frescoes existed in obscurity until fairly recently.
Added by pn161220
St. Govan's Chapel
A hermit's tiny cell built into the cliffside that saved him in South Pembrokeshire.
Added by jemm501
Vĩnh Thạch, Vietnam
Vịnh Mốc Tunnel Complex
This network of tunnels housed an entire village for years, and even had a hall for screening movies.
Added by Capos
A 19th century subterranean reservoir repurposed as a contemporary art cave.
Added by Imeka
Brooklyn, New York
Crown Finish Caves
Underground vaults of a former brewery beneath Brooklyn's Crown Heights are now used to ripen cheese.
Added by AaronNetsky
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