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

March 31, 2013
Formations inside Spain's Cuevas del Drach.

Formations inside Spain’s Cuevas del Drach. Photo by No Frills Excursions/flickr

With March almost over and spring finally on its way, it’s once again time to recap of the ten most popular titbits of caving news published on Caving News.

This monthly review 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 per usual, we continue to have excellent response to our “Ask Cavers” questions. This month cavers shared some awesome cave names, their favourite cave songs, and their underground love stories.

White-nose syndrome continued it’s path of destruction with news that it had now spread to South Carolina and Georgia, prompting Florida Fish and Wildlife to issue notices to cavers to decontaminate. Later in the month, results of a February survey to West Virgina’s Hellhole cave found the bat population devastated, meanwhile researchers develop a test to allow earlier identification of WNS and the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region introduced measures that will enable the reopening of its caves.

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

March 2013’s Top 10 News Items

  1. Video Compares Cave Features in Infrared and Visible Light
    A video testing whether an infrared camera can detect cave entrances and blowholes has recently been uploaded to YouTube.
  2. Early ’90s Yorkshire Cave Rescue Organisation Video Surfaces
    A 1994 documentary featuring Yorkshire’s Cave Rescue Organisation has recently surfaced on YouTube.
  3. Indian Man Rescued From Cave After Three-Day Ordeal
    After a three-day long rescue effort, a man trapped in an Indian cave has been saved.
  4. Petzl Video Features 2012 Wowo Expedition to Papua New Guinea
    A new Petzl video features the 2012 Wowo expedition to the Nakanai Mountains of Papua New Guinea.
  5. Woman Rescued From Tennessee’s Fox Hole Cave
    A woman was rescued from Tennessee’s Fox Hole Cave after falling and becoming trapped about 300 meters (1000 feet) into the cave.
  6. Video: Cavers Pressure Wash Belgium’s Saint-Anne Cave
    A new video showing the intense effort that went into cleaning Belgium’s Saint-Anne Cave last fall has been recently put online.
  7. Cave Explorer Celebrates St. Patricks Day Trapped On a Cliff
    A man was rescued from a cliff on after spending three hours trapped on a ledge.
  8. Sinkhole Swallows Golfer in Illinois
    A golfer had a surprise when a sinkhole opened beneath his feet.
  9. Cave Radio Test Extends Range to One Mile
    A radio test conducted during the recent NSS Volunteer weekend at Mammoth Cave National Park has extended the range of UHF communications to nearly a mile (1.6 kilometers) underground.
  10. Sinkhole Swallows Florida Man Sleeping In Bed
    A 36-year-old Florida man is presumed dead after a sinkhole opened up under his bed as he slept.
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