35 new caves explored in Jaintia Hills

35 new caves explored in Jaintia Hills

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SHILLONG: Informing media on Thursday, Meghalaya Adventures Association (MAA) general secretary Brian D Kharpran Daly said that a total of 35 new caves have been explored and mapped in Jaintia Hills during the Abode of the Clouds Expedition, 2015. The expedition that was held between February 2 to 26, explored and mapped 15.3 km of new cave passage. The Abode of the Clouds Expedition Team comprised of 32 cavers drawn from Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Switzerland, USA and UK, besides the members of the Meghalaya Adventurers' Association. The team visited Jaintia Hills district in order to continue the ongoing exploration in the Umkrypong area and to undertake new exploration in the Lakadong area of East Jaintia Hills. Kharpran informed that the 25-day exploration period in the Jaintia Hills was divided into two phases with the first being a week (2nd to 8th Feb) in the Umkrypong Area where out of eight new caves six were fully explored and mapped. "In addition to this the expedition team was also accompanied by five scientists from India, Switzerland and the UK who conducted bio-speleological studies of the areas," he added. The second phase (9th to 26th Feb) focused on exploration in Lakadong area where preliminary exploration was undertaken in 2014 whereby 4 existing and partially explored caves and 35 new caves were explored and mapped.

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