Scientists Say: Speleology
Speleology (noun, “spee-lee-AWL-oh-gee”)
This is the scientific study of caves. The word speleology comes from the Latin word “speleum” and the Greek word “spelaion,” both of which mean “cave.” The ending, “ology,” means “the study of.”
Someone who studies caves is called a speleologist (spee-lee-AWL-oh-gist). A speleologist might study the rock that caves are made of or how caves form and why. They can also study the organisms that live in those caves. Some even study caves to find out more about the history of the Earth.
In a sentence
Some scientists in the field of speleology study organisms in caves, which might give clues about how life could survive on Mars.
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Mars The fourth planet from the sun, just one planet out from Earth. Like Earth, it has seasons and moisture. But its diameter is only about half as big as Earth’s.
organism Any living thing, from elephants and plants to bacteria and other types of single-celled life.
speleology The scientific study or exploration of caves. Someone who studies or explores caves is called a speleologist.