30 Sep '16, 9pm

World's deepest underwater cave still has no bottom

World's deepest underwater cave still has no bottom

As of this week, the title of world's deepest underwater cave now belongs to the Hranice Abyss in the Czech Republic. An expedition team led by Polish explorer Krzysztof Starnawski used a custom-designed underwater vehicle to descend to a record-breaking 1,325 feet into the murky depths. And then they ran out of line. “It [the robot] was as deep as its rope could go, but the bottom was still nowhere in sight,” the Czech Speleological Society said in a statement. Starnawski first started scuba diving the abyss in 1999, reaching in 2014 what he assumed was bottom at a depth of 656 feet. While exploring, he came across a gap that led to yet another deep shaft. A survey of this discovery with a weighted cable ran out of line at 1,260 feet. Returning in 2015, Starnawski found that the gap had widened and he was able to squeeze through, descending to a dizzying depth of 869 feet...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blo...

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