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The Alfredo Jahn Cave Natural Monument protects a geologic formation that is the largest cave in Central Venezuela and sixth largest in the entire country. There are 4,292 meters (4,694 yards) of horizontal galleries which reach a depth of 67 meters (220 feet), as well as 15 entrances, or mouths, in the cave. The two villages situated within the protected area, as well as the various agricultural practices in the surrounding hydrologic basin, pose a threat to continued integrity of the geologic processes of the cave. Thus, this natural monument is categorized as threatened. The proposed expansion of the boundaries of El Ávila National Park would allow a broader legal protection of those areas adjacent to the monument, although increased land use regulation will still be necessary.


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