Month in Review: December 2012’s Must Read News

December 30, 2012
Ash Cave at Ohio's Hocking Hills State Park

Ash Cave at Ohio’s Hocking Hills State Park. Photo by ungard/flickr

Nearing the end of December, it’s now time for a review of the ten most popular news items published on Caving News in the last 30 days.

Bumped from its usual spot on the last day of the month by tomorrows upcoming look back on the top caving news of 2012, this monthly recap gives you, our valued reader, a chance to see what other readers found interesting, and to allow you to catch anything important you may have missed.

And now, here are December 2012’s most popular articles of caving news, ordered by the number of views.

December 2012’s Top 10 News Items

  1. Kiwi Cavers Discover New Cave with Magnificent Entrance
    Cavers exploring in New Zealand’s Kahurangi National Park have discovered a new cave with what discoverers are calling most impressive entrance in the country.
  2. Top Bulgarian Court Confirms Filming in Devetashka Cave Illegal
    Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld an earlier ruling that found scenes filmed in that Bulgaria’s Devetashka cave for the movie “The Expendables 2“ were in breach of environmental regulations.
  3. Compete in the 2012 Speleo Photo of the Year Contest
    The seventh annual Speleo Photo of the Year cave photography contest has begun.
  4. New Version of Therion Released: 5.3.11
    Therion, the popular open source cave survey processing software has just reached version 5.3.11.
  5. Fall Seriously Injures Novice French Caver
    A novice caver was taken to hospital after a 5 meter (16 foot) fall while on an introductory caving trip in the ancient water system of the city of Nancy.
  6. Proposed Iron Mine Threatens to Destroy Historic Caves
    A planned expansion of one of the world’s largest iron-ore mining complexes is threatening to destroy dozens of archaeologically significant caves in the Amazon.
  7. Watch the Spread of White-nose Syndrome with New Story Map
    A new story map showing the rapid spread of White-nose Syndrome was released by Bat Conservation International.
  8. Cave May Have Inspired Greek Myth of Hades
    Researchers believe that a cave discovered on the southern coast of Greece may have been inspiration for the ancient Greek underworld.
  9. Tennessee’s Experimental Artificial Bat Cave Remains Empty
    An artificial bat cave in Clarksville, Tennessee has yet to receive any visitors this winter.
  10. New Simulations Predict Future Spread of WNS
    Scientists researching the spatial spread pattern of white-nose syndrome have discovered that bats that hibernate in caves in areas with cold winters are more vulnerable to the disease.
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