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The Chickasaw were one of the "Five Civilized Tribes" who adopted practices of European Americans but were then forcibly removed to the Indian Territory during the era of Indian Removal (read more)
The cave was first explored on December 18, 1994 by a trio of amateur speleologists: Eliette Brunel Deschamps, Christian Hillaire, and Jean-Marie Chauvet, for whom it was named. Entering the cave they found numerous well-preserved paintings and other human evidence as well as fossilized remains, prints, and markings from a variety of animals, some of which are now extinct. Further study by French archaeologist Jean Clottes has revealed much about the site and its importance. Although the dating has been the matter of some dispute, the paintings in the Chauvet Cave are believed to date from as far back as 30,000 years ago making them some of the oldest discovered cave art. Additionally, their content and style indicate that the images were not primarily created during rituals involved in hunting, as has been suggested for other cave paintings, but they may have been produced for artistic purposes.
Snow can act as an insulator that conserves the heat of the Earth, protecting crops from sub-freezing weather. On the other hand, substantial snowfall can disrupt infrastructure and services.