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Cave diving in the modern world.

Author:  Jill Heinerth

Published in 'The Essentials of Cave Diving' Chapter 1

A pock-marked, turquoise van hobbles over the dirt road, throwing up a film of limestone dust, making the pines look like Christmas trees. 27-year old Agnes Milowka is relieved to stop, since the clanging tanks and shifting equipment have been ringing in her ears for what seems an eternity. She heaves the cumbersome side door open to reveal a mountain of gear; tanks on top of scooters, on top of yesterday’s take-out and next week’s laundry. She’s been making this drive every night after work for months, punching the clock, dealing with life’s necessities and then hitting the spring for a solitary swim through cathedrals of rock. Often surfacing well after midnight, she packs up the van and does it all again the following day. She both fascinates and frightens cave diving pioneers like Wes Skiles who discloses, “She reminds me of myself.”  /.../

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Blue Holes Project.

Photographs published by 'National Geographic' August 2010

Submerged caves found both on land and in the sea are among the least studied and most threatened habitats on Earth. These systems, which hold the drinking water for many of the world’s inhabitants and influence the health of nearby marine ecosystems, also boast a unique biodiversity of microbial and multicellular life /.../

Blue Holes ProjectRead about the Blue Holes Project on National Geographic, Submerged Caves - photo by AM .
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Author:  Leigh Bishop

Published in 'Sport Diving' April-May 2010 Vol 139, p.47-50, Australia

Agnes Milowka and Ken Smith were back at Toad Hall to video Rick's comments on his push dive, before exiting themselves with a haul of cylinders which began the big 'afterpush clean up. I’d waited in darkness at the Rock Pile for Rick for five hours, providing radio updates on the hour to the surface. /.../

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Beyond Toad Hall.

Author:  Leigh Bishop

Published in 'Diver Magazine' February-March 2010 Vol 35 Number 7, USA

In 1982 three Australian cave divers surfaced in a huge subterranean lake after an exploratory penetration 2.5 miles (4km) into the Cocklebiddy cave system deep beneatah the country's Nullarbor desert. Their bold discovery - then a world record for its length - revealed a cavern 33 feet (10m) high and over 800 feet (250m) long, linked in a series of dry rock chambers the likes of which had never before been seen in the land down under.   /.../

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CEGSA Newsletter

Past Trips from February General Meeting.


Published in 'Newsletter' Nr 2 (218), May 2010, by Cave Exploration Group (South Australia) Inc., Australia

In November 2009 Ken Smith took part in an 18 hour expedition in the Elk River streamway in the Murrindal Potholes Reserve at Buchan in Victoria. Ken Smith (CEGSA) and Mike Collins (SUSS) provided assistance to the push divers Jim Arundale and Agnes Milowka (both VSA) in pushing the upstream and downstream limits of the streamway. /.../

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