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England’s deepest cave unearthed

The Guardian via Yahoo! News
spelunkers.jpg Potholers [spelunkers, Yank] have discovered the country’s deepest cave beneath a hillside in central England, using an account by an 18th-century underground explorer, which only recently resurfaced. The spectacular hole — named Titan by those who found it — is some 140 metres (460 feet) deep, stretching further underground than the height of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

“It’s like the inside of a cathedral — just magnificently beautiful,” said Morland Sanders, who was the first non-potholer to abseil down the shaft. “It’s an incredible place, awesome,” he told The Guardian newspaper Tuesday.

Local potholer Dave Nixon found an underground entrance into the cavern, in the Peak District in Derbyshire, after discovering an account by an obscure 18th-century academic in the University of Cambridge library. In a paper written in 1793, James Plumtree described a network of caves found after descending into a lead mine near a local fissure known for centuries as the Devil’s Arsehole.

But a rockfall had apparently blocked access to the caverns, and it took potholers three years to hack their way through.

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November 7, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

2 Comments

  1. Did they notice any marking’s like Saknussemm’s?

    Comment by Ray | November 11, 2006

  2. I don’t believe they went quite that deep. 😉

    Comment by oldstersview | November 11, 2006


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