I will admit to having a complete fascination with the cave, even though I’ve never seen it. The French government has a website that will take you on a virtual tour of the cave, since it is closed to the public. You can read the story of the cave and see the paintings. You can also read about the project to build a replica of the cave so that tourists will once again be able to view, if not the original, at least a close facsimile.
I didn’t know why the cave had been closed in the first place, but it appears that it has a lot to do with the fact that the tourists have to breathe! The carbon dioxide levels are a great deal of the problem, since cave air doesn’t circulate as well as that above ground.
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