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speleology

(spē′lē-ŏl′ə-jē)
n.
1. The scientific study of caves.
2. Exploration of caves.

spe′le·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
spe′le·ol′o·gist n.
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220 The magnificent Diamond Cave in Phra Nang Krabi (Thailand) is one of the thousands of caves that have been explored by speleologists. Speleological exploration, which began in central Europe in the 17th century and several centuries before in China, has shown the surprisingly large area and extent of the subterranean world.
Fogarty is a speleologist with years of experience mapping and exploring Maya caves.
Research is complicated because moving around inside the cave is difficult and dangerous," said Juraj Halama, speleologist from Speleoclub Trnava, as quoted by the SITA newswire.Re-discoveredThe cave has a vertical character and less experienced climbers can get in using rope.
Much of Sbordoni's work has been done in Mexico's state of Chiapas, where the caves and sotanos can reach depths of 350 metres and only expert speleologists can survive in them.
Next year, world-renowned French speleologist, Jean-Francois Pernette and his team of 20, intend to explore this region and open it up for future study.
The four other laureates in this year's awards were: Canadian biologist Dr Amanda Vincent, recognised for her innovative seahorse conservation project in the central Philippines; French speleologist Jean-Francois Pernette, who plans to return to the almost inaccessible limestone islands off Chile's Patagonian coast; Bolivian social psychologist, Cristina Bubba Zamora, who is working with the Andean community of Coroma to recover and prevent the further export of sacred weavings; and general surgeon Dr Wijaya Godakumbura, who has designed a safe bottle lamp to replace those used widely in Sri Lankan homes.
He is the world's foremost speleologist and has spent 30 of his 44 years exploring more than 100 great caves in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Since winning his Rolex award in 1996, Gilli, a 40-year old geology lecturer at Nice University, speleologist and director of the private Centre of Karstic Studies also based in Nice, has been working on a number of cave expeditions in Costa Rica, Kobe in Japan and Los Angeles, all areas of high seismic activity, to compare cave damage with earthquakes of known date and intensity.
A group of speleologists has discovered three new caves in North Sharqiyah and Dakhliyah, adding to the number of new caves discovered in the recent past.
In a statement to SANA, Roula Nou'ma, from the tourism Center in al-Mashta, said that al-Dawayat Cave is considered the oldest cave in Syria and it was first discovered by a shepherd in 1914, adding that in 1956, a team of scientists and speleologists conducted an exploratory visit to the site.
She is one of a group of hobby divers and speleologists, wearing dry suits and carrying double cylinders of compressed gas on their backs, who then descend into the gloomy waters, the light from their torches gradually fading out of view.