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American surveyor
« p: 31.05.2007 15:33 »
"Cave exploration is not for everyone, in fact it is for very few. Just reading about it can make a claustrophobe cringe. But for those few  those strong, fit, physically narrow and psychologically hardy few an entrance to an immense world, almost a different planet, is available in Central Kentucky. The massive limestone stratum that underlies that region has been carved by the waters of the Green River Basin, and the mapped stretches of labyrinth in what is now known officially as the Mammoth Cave System total more than 360 miles, making it the world's longest by a factor of three. It is a wonder of the world as impressive as any mountain, glacier, or ocean, but photographs can only capture slices of it and few humans will ever grasp it as anything like a whole."

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"When I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape."
W.H. Auden, "In Praise of Limestone"