Édouard-Alfred Martel started the Société de Spéléologie in 1895.
He published many books and articles on speleology.
Being trapped in a mine can lead to claustrophobia
(fear of being enclosed in a small space),
which would be an impediment to enjoying the study of caves.
Even though we have large rooms in our cave systems,
getting there often involves squeezing through narrow passageways.
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