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||grades 4 to 6
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||albino, critter, critters, decompression, penetration, reliance, scifi, speleologists, troglobites, trogs, wetsuits, pigment, rashes, entrances, unique, equipment
||North America, Yucatan Peninsula, Ice Age, Taj Mahal
By Colleen Messina
1 If you don't mind being underground and underwater at the same time, there is a unique extreme sport for you. Cave diving is when a person uses SCUBA equipment to explore underwater caves. It is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, but people who love it say that the underwater views are spectacular.
2 Why might a person like this extreme sport? Cave diving can lead to exploring caves that may have never been explored before. The diver can see amazing stalactites and stalagmites. Stalactites point down from the top of the cave. Stalagmites point up from the bottom of the cave. Cave diving is a great challenge for people who like to explore and study caves. People who like to study caves are called speleologists.
3 Cave divers can find many unusual plants and animals while they pursue their sport. Some animals that live in caves can't survive anywhere else. They are called troglobites, or trogs for short. These creatures look like something out of a scifi movie. Most of these creatures are arthropods. They have segmented bodies and jointed legs. They usually don't have eyes. They hunt prey and stay away from their enemies by being aware of smells and movement.
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