Skip to content

Krubera Cave hailed as world's deepest cave at 7,200 feet

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/31/2014 (3 years 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 (3 years 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.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Green

How old is the longest living vertebrate on Earth? Much older than you know Watch

Image of The Greenland shark may hold the secret to a much longer life, but we will never know if we don't take better care of the oceans.

As humans, we live longer lives than most creatures on Earth. Tortoises and trees can live much longer than we can, but we are among the ... continue reading


Scientists in the dark about Yellowstone supervolcano, as activity increases Watch

Image of Volcanic activity is responsible for the beautiful sights around the park.

As the Yellowstone supervolcano shows evidence it remains active and is building towards eruption, scientists have confessed they have no ... continue reading


A Caribbean island is being devoured by plastic trash, and nobody knows what to do Watch

Image of The beaches of Roatan, Honduras are covered with trash following the rainy season.

In a series of shocking images, a Honduran island is besieged by plastic pollution, and nobody is sure what to do about the problem.  ... continue reading


Will the Big One hit California in 2018? A new study suggests it is possible Watch

Image of Scientists predict a major quake will hit California soon, but soon could mean in thirty years, or it could mean...today.

Californians have been warned to expect a major quake soon. But how soon is unclear, since the event is forecast between now and the next ... continue reading


Has Pope Francis violated the 8th Commandment, speaking out against climate skeptics? Watch

Image of Pope Francis has made clear that care for creation is a major concern of the Church and humanity.

Pope Francis has issued a stinging rebuke against those who deny that human-caused global warming is real. He called the notion a "perverse ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

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

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.