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Subject: Re: Maximum Caves
From: email@example.com (Gavin Lowe)
Date: 14 Jun 1996 09:32:37 GMT
Organization: Oxford University Computing Laboratory
In article <31BFCF2A.4AD0@aol.com>, bonnie crystal <BXTAL1@aol.com> wrote:
>Here's a couple of topics I've often wondered about...
>Also, a Figure of Merit for another category of "Maximum Caves" might be
>Depth X Length...
Interesting question. The following data is taken from Eric Madelaine's World
Cave Database (http://www.inria.fr/agos-sophia/sis/DB/database.html).
depth length product
1. Sieben Hengste-hohgant Hohlensystem -1324m, 135000m, 178.7Mm^2
2. Holloch - 872m, 165500m, 144.3Mm^2
3. Reseau de la Coumo d'Hyouernedo -1018m, 94843m, 96.6Mm^2
4. Sistema Huautla -1475m, 56700m, 83.3Mm^2
5. Hirlatzhohle -1041m, 79000m, 82.2Mm^2
6. Sistema Purificacion - 956m, 84992m, 81.3Mm^2
7. La Pierre Saint Martin / Piedra San Martin -1342m, 53800m, 72.2Mm^2
8. Lechuguilla Cave - 490m, 141680m, 69.4Mm^2
9. Kazumura - Olaa Cave System -1100m, 60000m, 66.0Mm^2
10. Mammoth Cave System - 116m, 563270m, 65.3Mm^2
>I would guess that Lech would probably rank high in this category.
>Would any of the deep European caves or Mexican caves make the top 10?
All the top 7 are European or Mexican.
All the above caves are in the top 30 in the world length list; on the other
hand, Mammoth is nowhere to be seen in the world depth list; this is probably
because of the fact that there is a lot more variability between the lengths
of the longest caves than there is between the depths of the deepest caves.
Gavin Lowe, Oxford University Cave Club, UK
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