Caves are invaluable scientific resources, containing unique geology, biology, mineralogy, and even significant archaeologic finds. Cave mapping and research helps cavers and scientists alike to understand caves, their relationship to the surrounding environs, and the significance of what is found within them.

A member of SoCal Grotto supervises survey in virgin cave passage in the Phillippines
A newly discovered river cave in the Philippines.


Members of the Southern California Grotto regularly travel to caves around the world to assist in large team projects and explore places no human has been before.