National Science Foundation-funded anthropologists and paleontologists uncovered what could be the largest single collection of lemur remains ever found. What’s more, they found it in a most unusual place–hidden in a series of underwater caves in a remote desert region of Madagascar. . .
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Featured image: Hand Carved Cave for sale. CREDIT: Artist Ra Paulette has spent the last 25 years carving a network of 14 caves beneath the desert of Northern New Mexico. SOURCE: Web Urbinist (Fair Use)
If you’ve always dreamed about having your very own network of cathedral-like hand-carved caves (who hasn’t?) you’re in luck – such a dreamscape can be yours for less than the average cost of a single-family home in San Francisco. Artist Ra Paulette has spent the last 25 years carving a network of 14 caves beneath the desert of Northern New Mexico with little more than a pick axe and a wheelbarrow, and one of the most impressive of them is now on the market. . . . Read Complete Report
Subterranean Researchers NOTE: Astronauts Emerge from Cave After Underground Spaceflight Training (With Video)
Now here is something that needs looking into. . . EDITOR
Featured Image: Taken in the ‘Cave With no Name’, Hill Country, Texas. CREDIT: Dennis Crenshaw. Permission to use with link back to this page.
From Space.com By Elizabeth Howell SPACE.com Contributor October 05, 2013 08:00am ET
Six astronauts have emerged from an Italian cave after nearly a week underground to get a taste of the isolation and danger that will confront them on a space mission. . . . Read Complete Report with/photo
Published on Sept 18, 2012
ESA CAVES course designer Loredana Bessone and the astronauts that took part in CAVES 2012 recount their experiences this year. From preparatory training and exploration through to mission reporting.
CAVES, an abbreviation of Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills, prepares astronauts to work safely and effectively and solve problems as a multicultural team while exploring uncharted areas following space procedures.
Credits: ESA–V. Crobu and S. Sech . . . Description published with video.
Watch the whole series: ESA CAVES by European Space Agency, ESA
Dig a LITTLE DEEPER ~ THEI Archive: “Hollow Earth/Subterranean Worlds”
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Featured Image: Mayan piramid clip art. CREDIT: aztec baktun (science) SOURCE: www.baktun.org (Public Domain0.
Published on Aug 8, 2013
Altar, worship house and sacred sundial—to ancient Maya, natural wells called cenotes were all these and more. Diving in a cenote near Chichén Itzá, photographer Paul Nicklen snaps pictures of National Geographic Emerging Explorer and underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda as he explores an otherworld strewn with Maya offerings, from pottery to human bones.
Learn more about de Anda and his discoveries in National Geographic Magazine:
Dig a LITTLE DEEPER ~ THEI Archive: “Mayan”
Featured Image: Snail. SOURCE: Clker.com
Published on Sep 16, 2013
Scientists have discovered a new species of snail living all by its lonesome in a cave. It has a clear shell, because it lives in a cave and has no one to impress.
Published on Apr 16, 2013
Wingsuit / BASE-jump athlete Alexander Polli does the never before done—a tactical flight through a narrow cave on a rugged mountainside. . . . From description posted with video on
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The Cave of Crystals discovered 1,000 ft below a Mexican desert
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Until you notice the orange-suited men clambering around, it’s hard to grasp the extraordinary scale of this underground crystal forest.
Nearly 1,000ft below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, this cave was discovered by two brothers drilling in the Naica lead and silver mine. It is an eerie sight.
Up to 170 giant, luminous obelisks – the biggest is 37.4ft long and the equivalent height of six men – jut across the grotto like tangled pillars of light; and the damp rock of their walls is covered with yet more flawless clusters of blade-sharp crystal. . . . Read Complete Report w/National Geographic photos
from National Geographic
Cavern of Crystal Giants
In a nearly empty cantina in a dark desert town, the short, drunk man makes his pitch. Beside him on the billiards table sits a chunk of rock the size of home plate. Dozens of purple and white crystals push up from it like shards of glass. “Yours for $300,” he says. “No? One hundred. A steal!” The three or four other patrons glance past their beers, thinking it over: Should they offer their crystals too? Rock dust on the green felt, cowboy ballads on the jukebox. Above the bar, a sign reads, “Happy Hour: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.” . . . Read Complete Report w/ photos
Into The Lost Crystal Caves (Full)
Published on May 31, 2012
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Caves of the World #1 – Israeli Cave Explorers Return from Record-Breaking Expedition in Abkhazia of ‘Everest of the Caves’ (w/video)
from Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Sep. 3, 2012) — Cavers from the cave research unit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have just returned 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. . . . Read complete Report
Krubera Voronya cave: dive through Kvitochka
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Documentary footage of 3 Lithuanian speleologists (Saulė Pankienė, Gintautas Švedas, Aidas Gudaitis) and 1 cave diver (Vytis Vilkas) diving through “Kvitochka” siphon and getting to siphon “Dva Kapitana” in Krubera Voronya cave, 2010 August. Dive through siphon takes about 4 minutes, but it’s cropped as it’s not very informative due to poor visibility.
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Photo: Detail of Hatshepsut, Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt, c. 1473-1458 B.C. Indurated limestone sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Hatshepsut is depicted in the clothing of a male king though with a feminine form. Inscriptions on the statue call her “Daughter of en:Re” and “Lady of the Two Lands.” Most of the statue’s fragments were excavated in 1929, by the Museum’s Egyptian Expedition, near Hatshepsut’s funerary temple at Deir el-Bahri in Thebes. The lower part of the statue was acquired by Karl Richard Lepsius and taken to Berlin in 1845. The head, left forearm, and parts of the throne were excavated by the Museum, 1926-27 season and acquired in the division of finds. The Berlin fragment was acquired by the Museum in an exchange in 1929. SOURCE Wikipedia Public Domain
from Discover Magazine
by Andrew Curry
From the June 2011 issue; published online September 6, 2011
An ancient harbor on the Red Sea proves ancient Egyptians mastered oceangoing technology and launched a series of ambitious expeditions to far-off lands.
The scenes carved into a wall of the ancient Egyptian temple at Deir el-Bahri tell of a remarkable sea voyage. A fleet of cargo ships bearing exotic plants, animals, and precious incense navigates through high-crested waves on a journey from a mysterious land known as Punt or “the Land of God.” The carvings were commissioned by Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s greatest female pharaoh, who controlled Egypt for more than two decades in the 15th century B.C. She ruled some 2 million people and oversaw one of most powerful empires of the ancient world. . . . Read Complete Report