Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Speleology: the scientific study of caves, their structure, physical properties, history, life forms and the processes by which they form (speleogenesis) and change over time (speleomorphology). The term is also used for the recreational activity of exploring caves, also more commonly known as caving, spelunking, or potholing.
I've already written a lot about the grottoes in and around Naples. Even more fascinating are the 700+ cavities under the city, most of which remain unexplored. But since the 1970's a large number of novices and experts alike have made urban speleology a popular study in Naples. Tomorrow I'll start my tour of this parallel city. For any aspiring speleologists, here is a link to more information in English about urban speleology in Naples .