Jaskinia Mała w Mułowej -361 m
In July 2002 cavers from Nowy Sacz commenced exploration of Jaskinia Mała w Mułowej (the Western Tatra Mts.). This small, 11 m deep cave has been known since the sixties of the 20th century. The explorers went through the squeeze at the cave bottom and discovered new extensive series. There is a big pitch about 90 m deep and a huge chamber in the new series. Exploration stopped at the depth of - 361 m.
Back to Hagengebirge
In the end of July and in August 2002, after several years of absence, Polish cavers came back to the Hagengebirge massif (the Northern Calcareous Alps). A 16-man team led by Marek Wierzbowski carried out exploration in the north-
western part of the massif. A cave called Alvermannschacht, which was explored by an Italian expedition, was the main aim of the Poles. They passed through squeezes at the cave bottom (the depth of about - 400 m). Unfortunately, after
several meters they stopped near a sump that completely blocked the passage. A few small caves, up to several meters deep, were discovered too. The most interesting turned out to be the cave called Kasztanowa (Chestnut tree), whose entrance series has been known earlier. The present exploration stopped at the depth of about -180 m. The cave is now about 400 m long and is still going.
Tennengebirge not always gracious
A team from Zagan at the turn of July and August carried out its habitual exploration in the western part of the Tennegebirge massif (the Northern Calcareous Alps). The team consisted of 12 cavers. Marcin Furtak was the leader. They tried to check some old —problemslr in Eishöhle, pitch Hades and cave P-48. Unfortunately, the high level of snow and ice in caves made the exploration impossible. Some new, mainly small, caves were also explored. Jaskinia pod Złobkiem (Cave under the karren), -114 m deep, is the most interesting one.
Tjoarvekrajgge - the longest cave in Norway
Four cavers from STJ KW-Kraków, led by Marcel Nawrot, took part in a speleo camp organized by Norwegian and Swedish cavers at the turn of July and August 2002. They explored Tjoarvekrajgge, the longest Norwegian cave. It is located about 120 km north of the town of Bodo. The cave, with total length of about 15 km, is developed in a marble lens. During the camp the Poles visited also cave Steinaksla and explored several new passages there. Later they also went through the Ragge Javre Raige - the deepest cave in Norway.
Leoganger Steinberge 2002
As usual, a Polish team went to the Leoganger Steinberge massif. Andrzej Ciszewski, as almost always in the past, was the team leader. Exploration was carried out in CL-3 cave. New passages with total length of about 800 m were
explored. Cave L-13, situated several meters westward from CL-3, was also explored. It ends at the depth of -50 m in a narrow fissure. Very heavy rain made any activity in the mountains impossible between the 5th and 14th of August.
Moreover, it completely damaged the expedition's upper camp.
Slovacka Jama deepened
Cavers from Gorzów Wielkopolski went to Croatia to take part in a Croatian expedition led by Darko Baksie. Slovacka Jama was the main aim. The Croatian cavers explored a new series near the cave bottom and deepened the cave to
-1320 m. Several small caves were explored also, but no connection with Slovacka Jama was found.
Some news from the Beskid Sadecki Mts.
The author sums up recent caving activities in the Beskid Sadecki Mts. There are 77 known caves with the total length of 1316 m in the range. All caves are in flysch rocks and are of non-karst origin.
Searching for caves by means of georadar
Cavers from Kraków, together with a geologist from the University of Mining and Metallurgy, carried out a survey of a Zakrzówek Horst by means of georadar. They used RAMAC.GPR equipment, a product of Mala GeoScience, with 200 MHz antenna. The obtained results well reflect the distribution of known caves within the horst. The authors conclude that georadar is useful for locating caves and they show locations of some hitherto unknown caves in the studied area.
Janusz Baryła, Michał Gradziński, Jakub Nowak, Mariusz Szelerewicz
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