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In a cave, through a series of openings, beams of light fall inside. so that the darkness is punctuated with beams of light like so :

Light filtering through trees

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Forest-sun_01.JPG.

What is another name for this collection ?

Sample Sentence - Sunlight fell in beams through the holes, drilled into the sides of the cavern, at intervals so that it appeared to be a "??" collection of dark interspersed with beams of light.

Note: I have seen this question and while it talks about the name for the phenomenon, I'm talking about describing the effect.

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  • A Grand Central Station?
    – Dan Bron
    May 6, 2016 at 12:58
  • It seems you're not asking for a name for the collection of light beams, you're asking for a name for the total effect of the beams penetrating the darkness. Anyway, if you collect a number of light beams, you end up with just one..
    – frank
    May 6, 2016 at 14:25
  • Also related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/166430/… which gives an answer (it's a sheaf of rays).
    – Andrew Leach
    May 6, 2016 at 15:23

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You could call it an array of light beams.

http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/array

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Technically speaking, the phenomenom you're witnessing are crepuscular rays, but we know them by more colloquial terms:

  • Sunbeams
  • Sun rays
  • Rays of sunshine

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crepuscular_rays https://www.google.com/#q=Crepuscular+rays+cave

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