Month in Review: February 2013’s Must Read Caving News

February 28, 2013
Inside Puerto Rico's Rio Camuy Caves.

Inside Puerto Rico’s Rio Camuy Caves. Photo by tylersmiller_/flickr

It’s time for a review of the ten most popular titbits of caving news published on Caving News in the last 28 days.

This monthly recap gives you, our valued reader, a chance to see what other folks found interesting, and to allow you to catch anything important you may have missed.

As usual we had some great responses to our “Ask Cavers” posts, including some excellent survey tips and some stories of peoples reactions when they found out our readers were cavers.

February also saw continued reports of new White-nose syndrome infections with bats at Kentucky’s Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Carter Caves State Resort Park and Kingdom Come State Park, four Illinois counties as well as in the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island being confirmed for the disease.

Now, without further ado, we count down February 2013’s most popular articles of caving news, ordered by the number of views.

February 2013’s Top 10 News Items

  1. New York Cavers Rescue Cat Trapped Between Buildings
    Cavers from New York City’s Met Grotto recently came to the rescue of a house cat who had been trapped for nearly a week between two buildings.
  2. Attend an Online Tour of West Virginia’s Caves and Karst
    One of latest topics in the NSS webinar series featured a tour of West Virginia’s caves and karst.
  3. Disputed Cave May Have Been Stop on the Underground Railroad
    A cave which has been holding up plans to build a coal ash landfill in Kentucky is now thought to have once been used as a hiding place for the Underground Railroad.
  4. Missing Men Found in West Virginia’s Bone-Norman Cave System
    Two men spent the night in a cave after they failed to return from a trip in West Virginia’s Bone-Norman cave system.
  5. Walls Cave Survey Tool Releases Build 2013-01-29
    Walls, the popular cave survey data management tool, saw its first update in almost two years.
  6. Man Rescued After Fall in Southern Tennessee Cave
    A 21-year-old man is in hospital with several broken bones after he fell into a hole while exploring caves in southern Tennessee.
  7. White-Nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocol Research Released
    A paper detailing the research that led to the development of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service White-nose Syndrome Decontamination Protocols has been released.
  8. 2012 Speleo Photo of the Year Winners Announced
    The votes have been counted and the jury has made their decision. The 2012 Speleo Photo of the Year has been chosen.
  9. World’s Longest Sea Caves Surveyed in New Zealand
    Recent surveys of New Zealand’s Matainaka Cave have confirmed it, as of October 2012, as the world’s longest sea cave.
  10. Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave Hits 400 Miles
    Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, the longest cave in the world, has now been surveyed to an amazing 400 miles (643 kilometers).
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