Botovskaya

Siberia, Russia

Jarda Kadlec

February 9 - 21, 2004

Botovskaya Cave is an outstanding example of a maze cave developed in 6 to 12 m thick bed of Ordovician limestone confined in sandstones. The cave is located in the Verkholenskoye Plateau, about 400 km north from Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. So far, the total length of explored underground passages reached more than 60 km. The Botovskaya Cave is the longest cave in the territory of Russian Federation.

Irkutsk, February 2004
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A vertical base (former waterworks) of the Irkutsk speleological club Arabika
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Planning of final details before start of expedition
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Shopping of necessary valenky
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Last technical tuning before start of journey
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Almost done
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100 km long icy road along the frozen Lena River
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Early morning arrival to the former Boty village
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Not easy winter driving in taiga
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No obstacle will stop us
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Finally at the field base
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Preparation for two week stay in taiga
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Field kitchen and 3 stoves need a lot of wood
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Base kitchen
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Keep smiling
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Preparation of icy %22swimming pool%22 and a hole for water supply
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Final brushstrokes already at dark
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Joint dinner after a hard day
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Highly responsible organizing work by the head of expedition
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Evening relaxing
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Prediction of future scientific results
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Visit of a local taiga hunter
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Trail to the Botovskaya Cave
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Preparation of the upper base at the cave entrance
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Wood bar construction for the temporary roof
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Social live in the upper base
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Eager speleologists at the upper base
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The Medeo entrance to the Botovskaya Cave
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Last preparations before a penetration into the cave
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Typical cave passage in the %22Old World%22 inside the Botovskaya Cave
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First visit to the cave
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Intersection of phreatic and vadose passages
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Documentation in a test hole at the point PK 0122
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A detail of laminated silts exposed in the section
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Erosional borders inside the laminated sits
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Alternating of corroded Ordovician limestones and horizontally or diagonally bedded sandstones
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Conduit filled with sandy silt and clay
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A fresh gravitational fissure
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Underground lunch
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Sleeping cave friends
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Landscape morphology visible from the upper base, horizontal snow line represents a limestone bed
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A still life from Verkholenskoye plateau
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So long, Botovskaya Cave
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