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By James M. Tabor

The inner most cave on the earth used to be a prize that had remained unclaimed for hundreds of years, lengthy after some other final discovery have been made: either poles via 1912, Everest in 1958, the Challenger Deep in 1961. In 1969 we even walked at the moon. And but as overdue as 2000, the earth’s private cave—the supercave—remained undiscovered. this can be the tale of the lads and ladies who risked every thing to discover it, incomes their position in background beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong.
In 2004, nice scientist-explorers try to discover the ground of the realm. daring, heroic American invoice Stone is devoted to the tremendous Cheve Cave, positioned in southern Mexico and lethal even by means of supercave criteria. at the different facet of the globe, mythical Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk—Stone’s polar contrary in temperament and magnificence, yet every piece his equivalent in clinical services, actual bravery, and sheer determination—has exact Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave within the Republic of Georgia, the place underground risks are compounded through the horrors of separatist conflict during this former Soviet republic.

Blind Descent explores either the brightest and darkest facets of the undying human urge to discover—to be first. it's also an exhilarating epic a couple of pursuit that makes even severe climbing and ocean exploration light through comparability. those supercavers spent months in a number of camps virtually vertical miles deep and plenty of extra miles from their caves’ exits. that they had to deal with thousand-foot drops, lethal flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, sizeable waterfalls, mile-long abdominal crawls, and lots more and plenty extra. even perhaps worse have been the mental horrors produced by means of weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, past all wish of rescue, together with a very insidious derangement referred to as The Rapture.

James M. Tabor was once granted unheard of entry to logs, journals, photos, and video photos of those expeditions, in addition to many hours of private interviews with surviving contributors. Blind Descent is an unforgettable addition to the vintage literature of discovery and event. it's also a testomony to human survival and endurance—and to 2 impressive males whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither may have imagined.

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THE MEDITERRANEAN Royal Navy submarines were also sent to the Mediterranean, to work with the French against the Austro-Hungarian Navy. The Germans had also sent U-boats to work with their allies, and a joint base was 33 BAPTISM OF FIRE set up at Cattaro (Kotor). Italy joined the Allies in May 1915, but declared war only on the AustroHungarian Empire. 21, under K/Lt Otto Hersing was sent from Cattaro to Constantinople to set up a half-flotilla with five UB-boats. He made the risky passage of the Dardanelles safely, but only four of the smaller boats made it.

L), had many problems and never went to sea, but valuable lessons were learned. She ended her troubled days as a generating station in Chatham Dockyard. /9kn. (surfaced/submerged) Armament: five 45cm (18in) torpedo tubes, one 57mm gun (temporary) Crew: 31 36 able diesels. I. Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, the Commander-inChief of the Grand Fleet was obsessed with the belief that the High Seas Fleet were going to sea accompanied by fast (22-knot) U-boats, and kept nagging for an equivalent. To meet this requirement a new 'fleet' submarine, the T type was ordered in January 1915.

These bald statistics conceal the slaughter of seamen, both Allied and neutral, who were drowned, burned or died of exposure. At this distance in time it is difficult to understand how such a position was allowed to develop. The British war leaders in particular must bear some of the blame for trying to pretend that it was 'business as usual', and the general optimism exemplified by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, that it would be a short war. Virtually all construction of merchant ships had stopped by the end of 1914, to allow yards to build warships.

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