Kabardino-Balkaria, is an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation, located in the northern Caucasus and bordering Georgia to the south. The region is mainly known for the Elbrus peak, which, depending on the accepted border between Asia and Europe, is classified as the highest peak of the old continent.
This time Kabaro-Balkaria is on the cover not because of the beautiful Caucasus mountains, but because of the secrets hidden by Sukhoi Lake, described as the most inaccessible lake in the area. While diving in this mountainous body of water, a team of divers discovered the existence of an unknown cave.
A group of divers from Voronezh also made photo and video documentation during their dives, showing the discovered karst cave to the whole world for the first time. According to available information, the cave is supposed to connect two mountainous bodies of water.
However, it turns out that the exploration of the lake and cave itself was not the most difficult part. The most difficult part was getting to the edge of the reservoir, which is in a very inaccessible place. For this, four divers had to undergo mountaineering training.
Interestingly, when going to the mountains, the expedition members knew little about the lake itself. According to the available knowledge, its depth was supposed to be about 5 metres. However, as it turned out, the reservoir is more than twice as deep.
Underwater, divers found a huge number of crustaceans from the Fang group (Gammarus), and after descending to the bottom, the entrance to a karst cave. According to the account given, it was extremely dangerous to explore the cave due to the potential possibility of heart attacks. Nevertheless, it was possible to record some exceptional shots.
No one previously knew of the existence of this cave. It was also possible to confirm the information that Sukhoye Lake is connected underground with the neighbouring Lower Lake.
Czarnoglowy quarry is another unusual Polish diving site worth visiting. You will read more about this water area in the 13th issue. DIVERS24 quarterly! The digital version of the magazine is available free of charge, while the printed version can be purchased from our online shop.
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