Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/31/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Currently believed to be same height as six-and-a-half Eiffel Towers stacked on top of the other

A bottomless cave believed to be as deep as six-and-a-half Eiffel Towers stacked one on top of the other, the Krubera Cave is being called the Earth's deepest cave. Explorers have charted every known cranny of the terrifying cave that measures 7,208 feet deep.

The cave is called 'Voronya' in Russia, which means 'crow's cave.' Kiev cavers gave it that nickname during the Eighties due to the number of crows nesting in the entrance pit.

The cave is called "Voronya" in Russia, which means "crow's cave." Kiev cavers gave it that nickname during the Eighties due to the number of crows nesting in the entrance pit.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/31/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Green

Keywords: Krubera Cave Georgia, Ukraine, explorers


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Annually, divers plunge to new depths never visited by humans to extend the cave's reach into the Earth. The Krubera Cave is located in the Arabika Massif of the Gagrinsky Range in Abkhazia. It is the only cave on Earth deeper than 6,561 feet.

The cave is called "Voronya" in Russia, which means "crow's cave." Kiev cavers gave it that nickname during the Eighties due to the number of crows nesting in the entrance pit.

No child need ever go to bed hungry -- go here!


The Arabika Massif is one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in the Western Caucasus, which is an area of southern Russia. Composed of Lower Cretaceous and Upper Jurassic lime stones, these outcroppings dip continuously southwest to the Black Sea and then plunge below the modern sea level.

It is a kaist, which means it is formed from the dissolution of soluble rock - in this case, limestone.

It extends for 8,346 miles and since 1956 when French explorers first descended below 3,281 feet cavers have dreamed of exploring deeper.

According to Ukrainian caver Alexander Klimchouk, the "trail" is formed of a chain of pits, cascades and pitches, some of which are over 300 feet deep and connected by very narrow passages.

One 300 foot long passage is nicknamed "Way to the Dream" although for people who suffer from claustrophobia, such a narrow channel might seem more of a nightmare.
 
Named after the Russian geologist Alexander Krubera, the cave is the only chasm on Earth that is known to be deeper than 6,561 feet.

A Ukrainian diver called Gennadiv Samokhin in 2007 extended the map of the abyss by diving in "the terminal sump." He increased the cave's known depth by 150 feet in 2007 and 170 feet in 2012, Gizmodo reported. His fearless endeavor earned him world records on both occasions.

Klimchouk explained in an article for National Geographic that cavers use dye traces to record where they have been. He organized a series of expeditions in 2005 and his team of 56 carried some five tons of equipment into the chasm.

Much like scaling a mountain, the team had to cover certain distances so they could set up camp at depths of 2,300, 3,986, 4,630, and 5,380 feet.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Green

Antarctic ice reaches record level, but is global warming to blame? Watch

Image of Ice is expanding, but scientists warn it is a sign of global warming.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Antarctic ice sheets have spread farther than any other time in modern, recorded history, according to scientists monitoring their spread. Scientists are unsure of exactly why the sheets are growing but that global warming likely has a role. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Where's the global warming? Tempratures remain flat Watch

Image of Global warming? Really Mr. Connolly?

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

According to climate change skeptics, the Earth's temperature has "plateaued" and global warming has taken a hiatus. Virtually all records seem to agree with this assessment, so what gives? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Is the sky falling or not? From the looks ... continue reading


Holy Bat Cave Batman: Miao Room cavern in China, world's largest could accommodate jumbo jet Watch

Image of The cave would comfortably fit a Boeing 747, if you could get one in there - and is located about 325 feet underground. The cave also contains stalagmites as tall as 148 feet, which are among the world's biggest.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The huge Miao Room cavern have been declared by a wide margin as the world's largest cave. Measuring 380.7 million cubic feet in volume, the cave achieved recognitions as the world's largest thanks to British explorers. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


Stanford scientists link California drought to global warming, NASA says 'not so fast' Watch

Image of California's farmers are asking people to pray for rain.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Stanford scientists say they have linked California's epic drought to global warming, although NASA scientists say they disagree. Regardless, the Golden State faces the most intense drought in recorded history with vast impacts on the state's residents. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Half the world's animals went extinct over past 40 years Watch

Image of Northern lapwings, pictured, an once-familiar sight on British farmlands have fallen 60 percent and grey partridges have halved in number.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The news for the Animal Kingdom is uniformly grim: Half of the world's animals went extinct over the past 40 years, all of it due to the fault of humanity. D4estruction of habitat, unlawful hunting and the destruction of the environment has sent countless ... continue reading


A new weapon in the war against Climate Change. How moderates and radicals are joining forces Watch

Image of More militant environmentalism is being fazed out as radicals and moderates band together and turn to civil disobedience as an effective weapon.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New York saw the largest climate-related march ever, where hundreds of thousands participated before the United Nations held a summit on climate change. The next day, hundreds were arrested in Manhattan as part of a demonstration against Wall Street, which blames ... continue reading


New hope for Monarch butterfly migration: butterflies seen entering Mexico Watch

Image of Butterflies have been sighted in the northern border state of Coahuila. This is slightly earlier than their usual arrival time when they come back in October from the United States and Canada, where they spend the summer.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Much dismay surrounded the scarcity of Monarch butterflies last year. The colorful black-and-orange creatures had dropped to their lowest level in 2013. There is new hope, Monarch butterflies have been seen entering Mexico earlier than usual, which foretells ... continue reading


Mystery video: Remains of an ancient lizard - or just a rock? Watch

Image of Several professors and experts in paleontology have expressed their skepticism that the find is genuine, and say it might be a hoax.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Experts are still unable to identify exactly what the mystery crocodile-style object found buried in a Siberian river after a week of speculation. Fishermen supposedly bumped into the head of the "rock" last week. It has been confirmed by scientists to be the ... continue reading


Greenhouse gas emissions predicted to hit historic highs Watch

Image of Smog in China, a nation which produces more than 10 billion tons of greenhouse gas, more than that of the U.S. and Europe combined.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A recently released study shows that greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil-fuel fuels and cement production will reach a record high this year, fueled primarily by rapid growth in Chinese industries. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Global ... continue reading


100,000 march to stop climate change in New York Watch

Image of A woman protests the development of the tar sands pipeline through the United States.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Tens of thousands gathered in the streets of New York on September 22, as part of an international day of protest on climate change, and event organizers predicted it was the largest protest about the issue in five years. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


All Green News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 2:12-22
12 do not forget, I say, that you were at that time ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:35-38
35 'See that you have your belts done up and your ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 21st, 2014 Image

St. Hilarion
October 21: Abbot and disciple of St. Anthony the Great, companion of St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter