A New Element in Exploration
Ever found Vanilla Minecraft’s caves unfathomably boring? Ever wished there were more rewards for exploration in the game? Do you, on a nightly basis, sit in your bed and softly pray that one day people will stop starting overviews with a series of questions that you have no way of responding to, as you shed a single tear for the deplorable soup of un-creativity that internet literature has fallen into? Well, if you answered yes to those first two questions and tl;dr’d the third one, this is quite possibly the mod for you!
Elemental Caves adds a series of "underground biomes" to the game; caves made of different stone types, containing various new blocks, items, and resources. Each cave is themed around a certain "element" ? the current three being Forest, Ice, and Fire ? and generates in biomes with corresponding climates. In addition to making exploration more interesting, the caves also feature a variety of useful resources, such as powerful new tools and armor, as well as transformative Crystals, which can be used to terraform the very earth around them.
Due to some of the caves being more difficult to traverse than others, it may be difficult to explore certain types of caves early-game. If you are playing survival, it is HIGHLY recommended that you visit at least one normal cave before visiting any of the elemental ones, and then progress from there to the Forest cave, then to the Ice caves, and finally to the Fire caves. However, if you think you’re pro enough to brave the dangers of the Fire caves before harnessing the freezing powers of the Ice caves, power to you. (You’re probably going to die).
Visit the original mod thread here for all info.