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Cavers from Ajdovščina discovered the entrance into the Macola-Jarak-Huevos cave, located between Laška planja and Visoki Kanin, back in 2012. Photo: Bogomir Remškar

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A half-kilometre deep vertical drop discovered on Kanin Plateau

The deepest vertical shaft in Slovenia, at over 1,500 metres, is Čehi 2.
9. August 2017 ob 12:09
Bovec - MMC RTV SLO

According to new discoveries, the Macola-Jarak-Huevos cave, located on the western side of Kaninski podi, is more than 1,000m deep. Its most interesting feature is a 500m vertical drop.

Cavers from Ajdovščina discovered the entrance into the Macola-Jarak-Huevos cave, located between Laška planja and Visoki Kanin, back in 2012. But cavers from all over Slovenia needed several years to reach its depths, says Božo Remškar from the Caving Club Ajdovščina. "The cave was narrow at the beginning. This year, we had a major breakthrough when we reached the depth of 500m and came upon a larger cave hall."

That was where they noticed a deep vertical shaft. After the summer caving camp was over, these new discoveries continued to bug them, so three cavers again descended into the cave yesterday. "We know that the entire abyss is deeper than 1,000 metres and the vertical drop is 500m deep. Which means it is the third or fourth deepest pit in the world. This means that, if you throw a stone from the top, it will fall to a depth of 480m. This is impressive, because its diameter is 30-40 metres and you can see clearly to the other side."

They are hoping to reach the bottom of the vertical drop today and they also wish to find a continuation of the cave there. The deepest vertical drop in Slovenia, over 1,500m, is Čehi 2, which is located at the neighbouring Rombonski podi. It is also the world's seventh deepest cave. At almost 2,200m, the world record holder is still the Krubera cave in Georgia.

Mariša Bizjak, Radio Koper; translated by A. L.

Mariša Bizjak, Radio Koper; translated by A. L.