Month in Review: August’s Must Read News

September 2, 2012
Pha Thai Cave in Tham Pha Thai National Park

Photo by hko_s/flickr

The end of summer August means that it’s time for a review of the top ten most popular news items on Caving News in the past month.

This look back gives you a chance to see what other readers found interesting, and to allow you to catch anything you may have missed.

August was a great month, with all sorts of interesting news and a some great comments and feedback in the new “Ask Cavers” posts. If you haven’t already, check out the excellent ideas for caving snacks, from when we asked cavers, what is the best caving snack.

Now, without further ado, here are the ten most popular articles that appeared on caving news in August 2012, ordered by the number of views.

August’s Top 10 News Items

  1. World’s Deepest Cave Becomes Slightly Deeper
    An expedition inside Krubera-Voronja, the world’s deepest cave, has increased the depth by another 6 meters (20 feet).
  2. Russian Cave Diver Drowns During Expedition in Abkhazia
    A cave diver drowned on August 20th while on expedition in Ilyukhinskaya cave in the Republic of Abkhazia.
  3. Eyeless Giant Crab Spider Discovered in Laos
    A arachnologist from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt has discovered the first eyeless giant crab spider ever recorded in a cave in Laos.
  4. Geocachers Rescued After Becoming Trapped in Flooding Cave
    A family of geocachers were rescued after becoming trapped in a cave along the Genesee River in Rochester, New York.
  5. Deep Sinkhole Opens Next to Tennessee Elementary School
    Classes were cancelled at a Tennessee elementary school after a large sinkhole opened up only 9 meters (30 feet) away from the building.
  6. Going Underground to Reach for the Skies
    This September the European Space Agency (ESA) will be holding the CAVES 2012 training course at Supramonte in Sardinia.
  7. Petzl’s Tips for Protecting Your Equipment
    In order to help you prolong the life of your important caving gear, Petzl recently released an informative PDF.
  8. Cavers Push World’s Second Deepest Cave Even Further
    Cavers on expedition at Sarma Cave in the Arabika Massif of Abkhazia, have pushed it some 70 meters (230 feet) beyond the previous deepest point of -1760 meters (-5774 feet).
  9. Rocky Mountain Region Extends Cave Closures; Acknowledges Cavers
    The emergency order to restrict access to all caves and abandoned mines on National Forests and Grasslands in the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region was extended another 12 months.
  10. The 2012 Swazi-Swedish Caving Expedition to Gobholo Cave
    The results of one of the first caving expeditions to the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa.
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