Jaskinie - The Caves, issue 15

Jaskinie - The Caves, issue 31 (2/2003)


Madre de Dios - the island of dreams - Andrzej Ciszewski

Camp ship, ph. Ewa Wójcik
After a few years of preparation Andrzej Ciszewski organized an expedition to the island of Madre de Dios. The island is located in Chilean Patagonia about 500 km
north of Magellan Straits. The island is mainly built of non-karst crysalline rocks and some clastic rocks. Marbles occur only sporadically. They cover about 2000 km2 in
the whole archipelago located offshore the the south-west part of South America. The highest peak on the island reaches 755 m. a.s.l. Very copious rainfall (about 8 000 mm per year) is noted in this area. The lower parts of the island are covered by dense forest with antarctic beech and some coniferous trees. Lapiez, with only small patches of vegetation, occupies the upper parts of the island, higher than 300 m a.s.l. The expedition was preceded by a five-man reconnaissance in 2001, which penetrated the neighbouring island named Diego de Almagro. The expedition consisted of 10 men lead by Andrzej Ciszewski. They started from Poland on 9 of February and came back on 14 of March 2003. The island was reached by the small ship rented in Puerto Natales after a cruise 350 km long. Exploration on the island lasted 12 days. The very harsh and inhospitable climate made the activity difficult. The expedition discovered 35 caves several dozen meters deep, with total length of about 1000 m. The Poles intended to continue exploration in this area.

Madre del Dios, ph. Ewa Wójcik

Geographical characteristics and karst features of the Madre de Dios island - Ireneusz Sobota

The author describes the karst relief of the Madre de Dios island. He classifies the surface forms such as karren, corrosional pits and pans on the carbonate pavement. The karst dolines with diameter of more than 10 m are also described.

One of the cave entrances on Madre del Dios, ph. Ewa Wójcik

Feichtnerschacht 2003, to everyone his bottom - Jakub Nowak

Feitchnerschacht, near The Fifth
Bottom on -1000

At the turn of March and April, the cave Feitnerschahthohle (the Hohe Tauern, Austria) was explored. As usual, Andrzej Ciszewski was the expedition leader. The
team consisted of 15 Polish, one Austrian, 3 French and one German cavers. The vertical section, where in 2002 exploration stopped at the level of 992 m, was deepened to -1032 m. The section ends with a sump. The sections named "Kaskady z Usmiechem" still goes down. Now the cave is about 4.3 km long.

Kanin 2002 - Tomasz Tomaszek

In August a fourth expedition organised by STJ KW-Krakow carried out exploration in the Kanin massif (Slovenia). Tomasz Tomaszek was the team leader. Eight cavers took part in the expedition. A cave labelled KR-18 was discovered and explored to the depth of -163 m. A narrow fissure at the termination of the cave BC-1 was successfully passed through. A vertical series, with a 140 m - deep pitch was discovered. A boulder-chock at the pitch bottom prevented further exploration.

Camp in Canin, ph. Tomasz Tomaszek

Cueva Cheve - Marcin Gala

After shopping in a village near Cueva Charco, ph. Kasia Bernacka

Five Polish cavers from Warsaw took part in an American expedition to Mexican caves lead by Bill Stone in the beginning of 2003. The Cueva Cheve and Cueva Charco were the main goals. The Poles explored some chimney series and took part in transport of diving equipment to the sump. During the expedition two British divers deepened the cave to -1484 m.

In Slovenian and Croatian resurgences - Włodzimierz Szymanowski

Wlodzimierz Szymanowski and Andrzej Szerszen dived in several resurgences in Slovenia and Croatia in the turn of April and May. They visited Jama Suhodolca, Veselova Jama, Jama Bilbaand Dive Jezero in Slovenija as well as Izvor Cetina and Majerovo Vrelo in Croatia.

Resurgerence under sea level in Egg Bay on Madre del Dios, ph/. Henryk Nowacki

News from Poland

Pod Wanta

Cavers from Gorzow and Krakow explored some vertical chimneys in Pod Wanta cave (the Western Tatra Mts.). Those from Gorzow explored the series 87 m long, with vertical extent of 34 m.

Forms in Crystal Gallery in Feitchnerschacht

-59 m in Szeroki Awen

A new series was discovered in the cave Szeroki Awen (Polish Jura) in spring 2003. After widening the narrow squeeze, the cavers went into a high but rather narrow fissure with the total vertical extent of about 50 m and the length of 70 m. Thus, the new depth of Szeroki Awen is 59 m and the new length is 270 m.

New caves in Bieszczady Mts.

Cavers from Debica surveyed five non-karstic caves in the Bieszczady Mts. (southeastern Poland). The caves formed in flysch rocks. Dydiowska Jama (26 m long and 15 m deep) is the largest of them.

Diego de Almagro Island landscape, ph. Andrzej Ciszewski

Janusz baryła, Michał Gradziński, Jakub Nowak, Mariusz Szelerewicz
Andrzej Ciszewski, Marcin Furtak, Agnieszka Gajewska, Paulina Szelerewicz, Wojciech W. Wi¶niewski, Andrzej Wojtoń
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