Published on : Monday, November 13, 2017
Al-Shanty said that in a speech of the first Saudi Antiquities Forum, many of the desert caves are familiar to the local people, who use them as sources of shelter and water.
He indicated that experts from the Saudi Geological Survey had discovered more cavities and streams in sedimentary rocks in previously discovered caves, as well as finding new caves in many regions.
He said studies in a region of 89,000 sq km in a volcanic lava field have shown that the region consists of many lava tube caves.
In some of these caves bones, antiquities and even new living creatures were discovered that will interest archaeologists, biologists and paleontologists.
It was also found that the structure of caves and cavities holds important information for climate scientists about weather patterns in the Arabian Peninsula and the process of desertification.
Al-Shanty said the scientific studies on Saudi caves have shown that when the caves are prepared and opened for tourists, they will have a great impact on the economy.
A master plan is going to arrange the several caves has been developed in cooperation with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
Dr. Daniel Fisher, from the University of Michigan in the United States, said that the modern techniques were used in discovering the biological history of elephants found on the Arabian Peninsula.
Dr. Iyad Zalmout of the Saudi Geological Survey revealed that he and his team collected around 62 samples from An-Nafud desert, which revealed that the information about the prevailing atmosphere in ancient times.