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A cave, or cavern, is a hollow passage underground, usually with an opening to the surface. They are found on planets throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.
Caves could make excellent hiding locations, as the rocks and ores in the walls could stop sensors from penetrating them. They also made excellent shelters from the outside environments. For example, Data, Riker, and Doctor Crusher led the colonists on Melona IV to shelter in caves to escape the destruction of the Crystalline Entity. (VOY: "Parturition", "Friendship One"; DS9: "Melora"; TNG: "Angel One", "Silicon Avatar")
They were also useful hiding places. After the Vaadwaur homeworld was bombarded from orbit in the 15th century, one battalion managed to survive in an underground cavern. (VOY: "Dragon's Teeth") The unification movement on Romulus made use of a cave as a base of operation. (TNG: "Unification II") In 2371, a cave system on Avery III hid a Vidiian base. (VOY: "Faces")
While exploring Archer IV in 2151, a cavern was found. This turned out to be fortunate, as a storm stranded several Enterprise NX-01 crew members who then sought shelter there. (ENT: "Strange New World")
In 2285, it was revealed that the Starfleet Corps of Engineers had spent ten months excavating a massive cave system on Regula, while a matrix to terraform the caves needed only a day. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
Caves of noteEdit
- Carlsbad Caverns
- Cavern of Despair (mythological)
- Caves of Boreth
- Caves of Mak'ala
- Caves of No'Mat
- Caves of Touth
- Ceremonial chamber
- Fire Caves
- Genesis cave
- No'Mat lava caves
- Osana caverns