Professor Makes Case for Protecting Caves

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Wednesday, March 07 2007 Mar 7, 2007 Wednesday, March 07, 2007 5:45:11 PM CST March 07, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - Missouri is often called the Cave State, but a Washington University professor warns the state is losing too many of its caves to development. Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor Robert Criss says he'd like to see more attention given to protecting caves. He and three others recently published a paper about the more than 100 known caves of St. Louis County. They documented caves and updated old records. But they also found that more than ten percent have been altered or obliterated by suburban expansion over time. Many of Missouri's best-known caves are protected, but Criss says hundreds of others are in jeopardy.

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