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Howe Caverns

Listed under Caves & Caving in US East Coast, United States.

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Formed 6 million years ago, Howe Caverns is among the small number of mineral caves in the world. The walls are made up of two different kinds of limestone: Coeymans and Manlius. Because of this, there are many sections of flat ceilings throughout the cave. The caverns were discovered in 1842 by Lester Howe, a farmer who noticed his that cows were always hanging around the same area. Howe realized that cool air was coming up from the ground and accidentally stumbled upon the cave’s hidden entrance. Today, Howe Caverns is a popular tourist attraction in Schoharie County, a rural area of upstate New York. Tours are conducted everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The traditional tour takes about 80 minutes and includes a boat ride on the Underground Lake of Venus. There are also lantern and adventure tours which must be booked in advance. The cave is a constant 52 degrees Fahrenheit so it is advisable to bring a jacket or sweater. Proper shoes are also recommended.

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