Hidden passage leads explorers to deepest cave Down Under

Explorers abseiled, squeezed and crawled their way through Australia’s deepest cave system on July 30, boldly going where no cavers had gone before and setting a new cave depth record.

Cavers from the Southern Tasmanian Caverns, a speleological organization based in Hobart, Australia, made it through the 1,316-foot-deep (401 meters) cave in Tasmania, an island south of mainland Australia. Stephen Fordyce, who first discovered the cave and organized the expedition, named the cave “Delta Variant” after the varying delta of COVID-19 to remind future cavers of current events, according to a statement released by Southern Tasmanian Caverneers.

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