In a search for the route to the 2000 meters depth: The deepest cave in the World in the Arabika Massif, Western Caucasus

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The BASK and Alpindustria companies based in Moscow donated some equipment to the winter expedition. The Canon representative office in Moscow sponsored us with video and photo cameras. We sincerely thank them for this help.


Kiknadze, T.Z. 1972. Karst of the Arabika massif. Tbilisi: Metzniereba. 245 pp. (in russian).

Klimchouk, A.B. 1984. On impact of the late Quaternary glaciations on the karst development of the Arabika massif (Caucasus). Izvestia VGO (Leningrad), 116 (2). 165-170. (in russian).

Klimchouk, A.B. 1990. Karst circulation systems of the Arabika massif. Peschery (Caves), inter-university scientific transactions, Perm: Perm University. 6-16. (in russian).

Klimchouk, A. 1991. Le grotte del massiccio di Arabika. La Rivista del CAI, 112 (1). 37-47.

Kruber, A. A. 1911. Karabi-Yuajla and the Arabika massif. Zemlevedenie (Moscow), 18 (3). (in russian).

Kruber, A.A. 1912a. The voyage to Arabika. Estestviznanie i geografia. (in russian).

Kruber, A.A. 1912b. From observations of karst in the vicinity of Gagra and Karabi-Yuajla. Zemlevedenie (Moscow), 19 (1-2). (in russian).

Martel, E.A. 1909. La Cote dAzur Russe (Riviera du Caucase). Ch. XVI: La massif de l'Arabika. Paris.

Maruashvili, L.I., Tintilozov, Z.K. and Changashvili, G.Z. 1961. The results of speleological explorations carried out in 1960 on the Arabika limestone massif. Izvestia AN GSSR (Tbilisi), XXVI (5). (in russian).

Maruashvili, L.I., Tintilozov, Z.K. and Changashvili, G.Z. 1962. Karst and ancient glaciation in Arabika. Abstracts of papers of the 2nd scientific session of speleologists. Tbilisi: AN GSSR. (in russian).

Maruashvili, L.I. and Tintilozov, Z.K. 1963. The results of the recent speleological explorations in the karstic belt of the Western Georgia in 1957-1960. Zemlevedenie (Moscow), nov. ser. VI. (in russian).

1 This pit was named after Kim Cunningham, well-known American cave scientist, an explorer of Lechuguilla cave and a good friend of the Ukrainian speleologists, who died about a week before the start of this expedition.

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