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Foreign Cave Systems
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The Caves of Siberia
Ordinskaya Cave
Grigory Chentsov, Aleksander Khalturin and Dmitry Osipov use their new skills as underwater grips, lighting the cave for underwater photography and videography. (© Jill Heinerth / IntoThePlanet.com)

As Cold As It Gets: Cave Diving in Siberia in February

Ordinskaya Cave is located near the southwest edge of the village of Orda in the Perm Region of Russia. The opening to the cave is located in the Kazakovskaya Mountain Massif, which overlooks the Kungur River. Karst sinkholes dot the surface of the massif and large springs bubble out of ferocious sand boils in the river below. The linear direction of flow from the cave is unloading its forces towards Arsenovskiy Spring approximately 2000 feet east of the cave entrance. This spring discharges significant volumes (300 l/sec.) of water but has not been connected through exploration at this juncture.

A map showing the Kungur River in Siberia.
The river is in blue and the cave conduits of Ordinskaya Cave in white. (Jill Heinerth)

SOURCE: http://www.diverite.com/divelog/adventures/ambassadors/jillheinerth/siberia/

Hall of the Mountains Kings
Ogof Craig a Ffynnon, South Wales
Photo by Bryce Linford, son of pope gregory the Ninth, who has released the 
     image under the GNU FDL. Subject in the photo is the submitter.

The Caves of Slovenia
Karst Caverns
Krizna Jama
Krizna jama (subterranean river isle) Photo: Boštjan Burger

SOURCE: Krizna Jama Site

Krizna Jama Cave System

The Caves of Sarawak
  Clearwater Cave & Wind Cave
Kuching, Sarawak
Clearwater Cave is Asia's longest cave, measuring some 107 km. It has a subterranean river, part of which is navigable by boat.

Caves of Sarawak:

SOURCE: http://www.forestry.sarawak.gov.my/forweb/np/np/mulupic/clwtwind.

Wookey Hole Caves
     Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset, England

Wookey Hole Caves is a show cave and tourist attraction in the village of Wookey Hole on the southern edge of the Mendip Hills near Wells in Somerset, England.

Wookey Hole cave was formed by the action of the River Axe on the limestone hills. Before emerging at Wookey Hole the water enters underground streams and passes through other caves such as Swildon's Hole and St Cuthbert's Swallet. After resurging, the waters of the River Axe are used in a handmade paper mill, the oldest extant in Britain, which began operations circa 1610, although a corn grinding mill operated there as early as 1086.[1]

Nearby is the limestone Ebbor Gorge, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a more tranquil spot than the busy Wookey Hole.

The cave is noted for the Witch of Wookey Hole – a roughly human shaped rock outcrop, reputedly turned to stone by a monk from Glastonbury. It is also the site of the first cave dives in Britain.

The caves, at a constant temperature of 11 °C (52 °F), have been used by humans for around 50,000 years. The low temperature means that the caves can be used for maturing locally produced Cheddar cheese.

Source: Wikipedi Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves Home Page

Subterranean Lake at Wookey Hole Copyright Pam Brophy 
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