7. International Conference on Biosystems Engineering, Tartu, Estonia, 12 - 13 May 2016, pp.33
Storage is one of the most important elements that provide the consumption continuation throughout the year for various products. Nevşehir, the center of Cappadocia, is the candidate for being 8th wonder of the world, presents visual feast to World Tourism by its marvelous geography and its natural formations. Most of us don’t know there is another side of this geography and nature secret underground. The biggest natural underground stores of the world which someone seen doesn't believe in his eyes and someone seen can never imagine take place in Cappadocia. Unlike the modern storage facilities in the world, underground storage facilities have been built in the layers of volcanic tufa in the Cappadocia region to store potato, apple, citrus and onion. These storages do not require any cooling equipment and use only the cooling impact of natural tufa. There is no need for heating and cooling in these storages, thus the investment costs are quite lower than the conventional storages. The volcanic tuff storages used for storage in the region are formed by tunnel boring machines easily. In this study, general characteristics of these natural storages used to store agricultural products were provided and their advantages over conventional storages were pointed out.