(a) "Cave" means any naturally occurring subterranean cavity. The word "cave" includes or is synonymous with cavern, pit, pothole, well, sinkhole and grotto.
(b) "Commercial cave" means any cave with improved trails and lighting utilized by the owner for the purpose of exhibition to the general public as a profit or nonprofit enterprise, wherein a fee is collected for entry.
(c) "Gate" means any structure or device located to limit or prohibit access or entry to any cave.
(d) "Person or persons" means any individual, partnership, firm, association, trust or corporation.
(e) "Speleothem" means a natural mineral formation or deposit occurring in a cave. This includes or is synonymous with stalagmites, stalactites, helictites, anthodites, gypsum flowers, needles, angel's hair, soda straws, draperies, bacon, cave pearls, popcorn (coral), rimstone dams, columns, palettes, flowstone, et cetera. Speleothems are commonly composed of calcite, epsomite, gypsum, aragonite, celestite and other similar minerals.
(f) "Owner" means a person who owns title to land where a cave is located, including a person who owns title to a leasehold estate in such land.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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