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From Thai heroes to diggers to tiny stalactites – the best of Hidden Earth 2018

Darkness Below's roving reporter Peter Burgess provides a flavour of the busy weekend at the 2018 Hidden Earth conference which boasted a wide range of ...
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Hidden Earth 2018 video salon

Making videos underground is becoming easier with very compact and versatile equipment within many cavers' budgets, but making GOOD videos is still as much a ...
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How to piss off the French in one easy lesson – and why voles are important

Linda Wilson picked up some intriguing tips at the British Cave Research Association's 29th cave science symposium as well as drinking plenty of tea ...
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News: J’Rat 10th anniversary digging award 2018

31st August 2018 is the tenth anniversary of Tony Jarratt’s death and we would like to calculate how much new cave passage has been found in ...
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News: Descent 264 Now Available

Descent 264 is now available! If a copy hasn’t arrived with you, it’s time to head over to Wildplaces Publishing to subscribe now or if ...
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News: Repairs to the Hunter’s Lodge Inn Sink vandalism

Following the horrific vandalism in Mendip's Hunter's Lodge Inn Sink two years ago, cavers have worked hard to repair as much of the damage as ...
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Book Review: The Archaeology of Darkness

By way of preface to Archaeology of the Caves of Ireland in 2012, archaeologists Marion Dowd and Robert Hensey brought together a number of specialists ...
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Book Review: The Anomaly

TV archaeologist Nolan Moore is in search of a mysterious cavern in the Grand Canyon, discovered in 1909 by Kincaid, a man who returned with ...
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From foot fungus to explosions under the stairs

Compare that with a Go Pro. The biggest Housing with one loading gave 5 minutes of film. With Guy Meauxsoone in Greece ( 1983) fiiming "Drowned river of Daracos". In fact Paul Atkinson did the cave diving filming as both Guy and I were novice divers.
Camera expert Sid Perou looks back over a career of often dramatic and sometimes risky filming adventures, including the risk of foot fungus, and explosions under ...
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Appeal: South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team seeks £1,000
Following the amazing success of the recent Tham Luang cave in Thailand, one of the British cave rescue teams, responsible for getting some of the ...
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With the Thailand cave rescue operations now completed with the 100 % successful evacuation of all casualties and rescue divers, Darkness Below presents some reflections ...
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Photo courtesy of Chris Jewell
We can now confirm that all twelve of the boys and their coach have been successfully rescued from the cave. As well as one of ...
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It has now been confirmed that the seventh boy is out of the cave and the eighth is nearly out. If the rescue controllers have ...
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Creswell Crags is an Site of Special Scientific Interest on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. The beautiful limestone gorge cuts through an area of ...
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Various contradictory reports are circulating regarding the emergence of two of the boys. Reuters, citing a local official, says that the first two members of ...
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Photo courtesy of Chris Jewell
Overnight an international team of  divers entered the cave, beginning the operation to bring the trapped boys and their coach out of the cave. At ...
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Former Thai navy SEAL Saman Kunan
Tragic news came from Thailand today of the death of retired Thai Navy Seal Saman Kunan who ran out of air on a dive to ...
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Photo courtesy of Chris Jewell Two more British cave divers, Chris Jewell and Jason Mallinson are joining the ongoing rescue effort in Thailand, along with ...
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Attached below is the latest update regarding the British involvement in the Thaiand Cave Rescue. Any press enquiries shoud be directed as detailed in the ...
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It's probably fair to say that people across the world, not just cavers, are breathing one the largest collective sighs of relief for many years ...
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Breaking news: All 12 boys and their football coach have been found alive after nine days missing in caves in Thailand, the regional governor says ...
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In a race against the clock three British cave rescue divers and their equipment left Heathrow just after 9pm last night on a flight to Thailand ...
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In January 2018, we reported that the Wealden Cave and Mine Society had been awarded the opportunity to get free radiocarbon dating work performed on ...
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The 2018 annual conference of the National Association of Mining History Organisations was hosted jointly by Gloucester Speleological Society, Royal Forest of Dean Caving Club, ...
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The Romanian Speleological Federation is organising the 12th Annual Balkan Cavers' Camp which is being held between the 2nd to the 8th of July 2018 ...
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Descent 262 should have landed on your mats and in the shops by now! If you’re not a subscriber, we hope this short round up ...
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Dr Gina Moseley from the Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group will receive one of this year's prestigious Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) START prizes. The START programme ...
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