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Dear John

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephanta_Caves
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caving
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speleology
http://www.uis-speleo.org
http://www.caves.org/
http://www.nsscds.org/?q=taxonomy/term/47
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/559211/speleology

Are Caves always Closed Structures ?. i.e. The Entry and Exit Points are always the same. There can be multiple entry points to enter the cave structure but the entry points will be always the exit points ?. Exit point i mean is coming out of the cave structure. For example in a Theater hall the entry (To enter the Cinema Hall) and exit (To exit the Cinema Hall) points may be different.

Will there be any specific advantages if exit points are created /constructed (only if exit points do not exist) within the cave
structures ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Dear Prashant
In common English usage, the term "cave" encompasses both structures with a single entrance as well as multiple entrances.
There are some more specialized terms, though, such as rockshelter (for a shallow cave), tunnel (deep cave with two entrances).
French, in contrast makes a distinction between shallow caves (abri -"shelter") and deeper caves with either one multiple entrances (grotte = cave).
Cheers,
John Shea

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