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Why do the Blind Cave Fish have to live in limestone caves? What makes the limestones better than other rock?

Caves form in limestone rocks because of the physical and chemical nature of the rock; streams and pools sometimes form from the water that helps create the caves. Therefore cave fish and other animals live in limestone caves. "Caves" in sandstone are generally only shallow shelters without water, small caves formed in lava flows are also almost always dry.

J. Elliott

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