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Expedition to the heart of Russia’s deepest Palaeozoic cave

By Olga Gertcyk
06 May 2016

Sixty researchers will spend ten days inside Kek-Tash Cave in the Altai mountains.

The scientific team will map the cave and study its climate, as well as its underwater world. Picture: AltaiRegion22

It is the largest scientific expedition organised by the Russian Geographic Society over the past 20 years by the number of participants.

Speleologists, geologists and bio-speleologists from all around Russia will go down the cave at the request of Sergei Shoigu, the head of Russian Geographic Society. He is also the Russian Defence Minister. 

The Kek-Tash cave, also known as Evening Promenade or Ecological - is 350 metres deep and 2,300m long. It is located in the east of north-western Altai, in Kamyshlinsky carst area of Seminsky mountain range. It was discovered in 1983 and was never thoroughly studied. The cave is made of a complex labyrinth of chambers, platforms and corridors. The largest 'room' is 200 square meters and is called Mrachnaya (‘Gloomy’).

Expedition to the heart of Russia’s deepest Palaeozoic cave


Expedition to the heart of Russia’s deepest Palaeozoic cave


Expedition to the heart of Russia’s deepest Palaeozoic cave
Expedition to the heart of Russia's deepest Palaeozoic cave in Siberia. Pictures: SibNet


The entrance to the cave is only half a meter big and can hardly be seen from outside. 

There are numerous wells, lakes and waterfalls inside the cave. The scientific team will map the cave and study its climate, as well as its underwater world.  

The expedition will leave Novosibirsk end the end of June, and will aim to shoot a documentary to capture the secrets of the Altai carst caves.

Comments (5)

Beware of the Morlocks!
Art Vandelay, Dubai
09/05/2016 18:06
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Will be interested in seeing such documentary.
Abbass, Perth, Western Australia
08/05/2016 19:25
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Wonderful ! I hope the documentary will be shared online so we all can see it! Please?
Erica Stewart, San Francisco, USA
08/05/2016 03:24
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I agree with Marilyn and I hope you meet a few bats and other living cave dwellers along the way. Safe travels and good luck on your underground journey.
Pamela Tetarenko, League City, USA
07/05/2016 17:47
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This is very exciting! I am looking forward to seeing what is learned through this exploration. So much of our planet is still unknown to us.
Marilyn Sloper, Royalston, Massachusetts, USA
07/05/2016 10:07
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