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Descent (277), December 2020
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Descent (277), December 2020

With eight extra pages

It’s BIG ... for Stoney

Cussey Pot was only discovered this year – not even Covid-19 restrictions could slow down its exploration, which has opened up a massive extension.

Drain That Cave

Tham Luang in Thailand, site of the daring rescue in 2018, has yielded more of its secrets to a 3D laser scan. But what was it like to visit in person?

Land of Hope and Glory

Not only has an extension been made to Wookey Hole, an incredibly significant connection has been dug.

In a League of his Own

Pavel Demidov lost his life to a boulder collapse in Integral cave in Georgia. Robbie Shone pays tribute to the achievements of this astounding caver.

The Sound of the Sea

Exploring the coast of West Wales by kayak reveals a new cave for the registry, and it’s superbly decorated too.

Cryptic Caver

To help while away minutes or hours, we have a cryptic caving crossword with which you can flex your mental muscles.

Download a copy of the crossword grid to avoid writing on your copy of Descent (opens in a new window: right-click to save, or print from your browser).

Lech: 150

It’s time for a celebration: the survey of Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico has passed the 150 mile mark.

Swildon’s in Flood

In the aftermath of Storm Alex, going caving in Swildon’s Hole seemed an exciting idea.

Cover: Dylan Kocher in the recently discovered Timewarp Aven, Cussey Pot. Photo: Rob Eavis

Back cover: Elemental sulphur in the latest extensions in Lechuguilla Cave, USA . Photo: Max Wisshak

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