World’s Deepest Cave Becomes Slightly Deeper

August 14, 2012 / Abkhazia, Asia
Arabika Massif in the Western Caucasus

Photo via “The Call of the Abyss” Project

An expedition inside Krubera-Voronja, the world’s deepest cave, has increased the depth by another 5 meters (16 feet).

According to initial reports, on August 10th Ukrainian cave diver, Gennady Samokhin, extended the depth to -2196 meters (-7205 feet) during a 50.5 meter (166 foot) dive in terminal sifon in the cave’s main branch.

The previous world depth record was set on a Ukrainian Speleological Association expedition in 2009, when Gennady Samokhin reached a depth of -2191 meters (-7188 feet) during a 46 meter (151 foot) dive in the sifon.

The record was achieved despite some difficulties last week after continuous rains increased water flow rates and complicated working conditions in the deeper parts of the cave.

Located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagrinsky Range of the Western Caucasus, in the Gagra district of Abkhazia, Krubera-Voronja has been the subject of an ongoing international expedition since 2000, which includes more than 50 members from 11 nations.

The deepest cave in the world (Krubera Cave) became 6 m deeper [Speleogenesis]

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