Postojna Cave extended once again

Published: 26.5.2017

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Postojna Cave extended once again

Pivka Cave, the first siphon, the second siphon, an air pocket, the third siphon, Magdalena Cave!” This is the cave explorers' historic dive and the recently discovered new connection within the Postojna Cave system described in a few words.

Postojna Cave extended once again

Postojna Cave, which is known for its unique forms of stalactites and stalagmites, is one of the most diverse cave systems in the world. It is the most visited attraction in Slovenia, wowing visitors with the beauty and magnificence of its underground halls and the extent of its tunnels for two centuries.

In August 2016, Postojna Cave delighted the world with the information that its divers had discovered new underground tunnels, which extended the cave system by 3.5 kilometres. The Cave is once again updating the map of the 24,120-metre-long cave system and marking the missing parts on the map of the subterranean course of the River Pivka. After each new discovery, the scientists and the general public can easily understand the magic of the karst underworld and the achievements of the cavers. Due to their efforts the Postojna Cave system is even longer, following the waterways that are otherwise known only to the cave-dwelling olms.

After a two-hour swim, two cave-divers, Igor Vrhovec and Sebastjan Gantar, emerged from the River Pivka with the news of the discovery that had been waiting to be explored for 45 years. With the dive (and the measurements they carried out), the two divers connected two caves of the Postojna Cave system, Pivka Cave and Magdalena Cave, which had previously been connected only through an artificial tunnel through the Black Cave.

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