Question: How old can cave paintings be?

The oldest known cave painting is a red hand stencil in Maltravieso cave, Cáceres, Spain. It has been dated using the uranium-thorium method to older than 64,000 years and was made by a Neanderthal.

How old can a cave be?

When sediments are buried beyond the effect of the cosmic rays (for example, in caves deeper than 30 m), the cosmogenic isotopes begin to decay and it is possible to determine, in a way similar to the U/Th method, the moment of burial, i.e. the age of the deposit, for dates varying between 100,000 to 5 million years.

Can you breathe in a cave?

Hence the air inside a cave is continually mixed and there is never the problem of a lack of air or oxygen. Apart from these particular cases, however, in caves the air is adequate for breathing and oxygen bottles and gas masks are unnecessary.

Could a human survive in a cave?

Despite the name, only a small portion of humanity has ever dwelt in caves: caves are rare across most of the world; most caves are dark, cold, and damp; and other cave inhabitants, such as bears and cave bears, cave lions, and cave hyenas, often made caves inhospitable for people.

How long can a human survive in a cave?

However, a human being in good health can survive weeks, or even months, without any food, Rinaldi said. Thats just as well, because there is no food for humans in a cave, he said. Though many caves are filled with bats, and sometimes birds and fish, the animals are all extremely difficult to capture, he said.

How deep can humans go underground?

Humans have drilled over 12 kilometers (7.67 miles) in the Sakhalin-I. In terms of depth below the surface, the Kola Superdeep Borehole SG-3 retains the world record at 12,262 metres (40,230 ft) in 1989 and still is the deepest artificial point on Earth.

What is the oldest cave in the US?

Grand Caverns Grand Caverns, formerly known as Weyers Cave, is located in the central Shenandoah Valley in the town of Grottoes, Virginia, United States. A limestone cavern, it claims the distinction of being Americas oldest show cave, in operation since 1806.

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