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In Search of the Northeast’s Mysterious Marble Caves

In February 2007, Michael Telladira was hiking through the woods in Columbia County, N.Y., when he saw two plumes of steam rising from a melted spot in the snow, as if from the nostrils of a dragon buried beneath the frozen earth. To a cave hunter like Telladira, it was a telltale sign. Warm air rising up from underground, he’s learned over the years, often means there’s a cave hidden under the surface. He made note of the location and returned a few weeks later to dig and shift some boulders, revealing the entrance to a narrow stone passage that arched steeply down into the hillside. Read more about mysterious marble caves in the Berkshires >>