Why do volcanoes exist? How do earthquakes happen? What “connects” the continents? Who lives underground? Geology is the study of the composition, structure and development of planet Earth. Geologists search for and find evidence of evolution and the movement of tectonic plates. Their work is very significant for the study of underground mineral beds, ores and water. The results of this work are everywhere around us. Most of the objects we use every day are tied to geological discoveries. Oil makes cars run, the glasses we drink from are made from quartz sand, the filaments in our electric light bulbs need tungsten to shine. And – oh yeah! – diamonds…
Biospeleology is the study of animal species inhabiting caves, as well as subterranean waters and spaces. According to the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, there are almost 800 species of animals living in the caves in Bulgaria, while every year several new species previously unknown to scientists are discovered. There are nearly 5,200 caves whose fauna has not yet been studied at all.
There are important scientific discoveries under our feet – literally. And many more mysteries still waiting to be revealed.
Together with Muzeiko and his young friends, you can “move” the earth’s tectonic plates, make a volcano erupt, see some of the strangest creatures discovered in caves, and learn how to flawlessly tell apart stalactites from stalagmites. Finally!