Record Broken in "Everest of Caves"

International group descends 7205 feet below earth's surface

Cavers from the cave research unit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem returned last month from exploring the deepest cave in the world. The cave, known as Krubera-Voronya, is considered the "Everest of the caves" and is in Abkhazia in the south of Russia near the Black Sea.

The cavers, Boaz Langford, Leonid Fagin, Vladimir Buslov and Yuval Elmaliach, went on the exploration mission as part of an international delegation organized by the Ukrainian Speleological Association. Cave explorers from nine countries were part of the mission, including those from Russia, Spain, Britain and Lebanon.

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Prof. Amos Frumkin of the Department of Geography at the Hebrew University, who heads the university's cave research unit, said the purpose of the project was to break the world record for cave exploration – an achievement reached when a Ukrainian researcher descended to a depth of 7,205 feet (2,196 meters) beneath the earth's surface, five meters deeper than the previous record.

The Israeli explorers worked at depths of from 1,640 to 6,824 feet (500 to 2,080 meters) beneath the earth's surface. 

"One has to remember that caves are the last place in the world where it is still possible to be the first human to tread on unexplored territory," Frumkin said.

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