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5 World’s Deepest Caves

“We are not afraid of the dark, we are afraid of what’s in it.” If you’ll ask me Nyctophobia is not actually legit. Why? Because we are not actually afraid of the darkness, but we fear the unknown that lurks in the dark or what it hides. Our imaginations make up for our lack of ability to see through the shadows. Well, some say being rationally afraid of the dark is a severe disorder rooted from childhood experience and it’s cured by therapy.
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Another fear we’ll be experiencing in this article is Bathophobia that came from the Greek word “Bathos” which means deep or depth. To sum it up, it is the fear of depth. Now, after my initial warning to readers who suffer from Nyctophobia or Bathophobia, let me introduce the 5 World’s Deepest Caves.

1. Sistema Huautla
Sistema Huautla

First in our list goes to Mexico with the record of 1,545 m (5,068 feet) deep. The name of the cave was originated from the town and municipality where it is located, Huautla de Jiménez.The cave expedition at Sistema Huautla started in 2014 and has been annually being explored to reach the goal of 1,610 m depth vertical mile by 2023. The expedition was by two non-profit organizations namely: The National Speleological Society and The US Deep Caving Team. The aim is to explore, survey, and conduct a comprehensive speleological study about the cave.

2. Torca del Cerro del Cuevón
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This cave is located at the northwest part of Spain in Asturias. The entrance has an elevation of 2,019 meters above sea level. The entire tour to the bottom takes three days to lower to its record of 1,589 meters (5,213 feet) deep. Inside is an underground stream called Marbregalo river. Torca del Cerro del Cuevón was considered by many to be one of the most technically challenging descents on the entire planet.  For any adventurer looking for a tough and harrowing journey downward into the earth then you are at the right cave.

3. Lamprechtsofen-Vogelschacht
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The limestone karst river is located in Austria particularly in Salzburg with the record of 1,632 m (5,354 feet) deep. It was once known for being the deepest cave in the world, prior to the discovered Krubera Cave. It is only open for visit to the public at a depth of 2300 feet. The name of the cave was originated from a well-known knight “Lamprecht. The cave was discovered way back the 17th century and since then, the cave has been intruded by treasure hunters. Skeletons are found during explorations and are believed to belong to illegal visitors seeking the treasure of the knight.

4. Gouffre Mirolda
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The deepest cave in Europe located in the municipality of Samoëns in Haute-Savoie (France). In 2003, an expedition had proved that Gouffre Mirolda was connected to the Lucien Coudlier measuring to a record of 1,733 m (5,685 feet) deep. By then the cave was known as the world’s deepest cave and also the first which was explored more than a kilometer down. However, the cave doesn’t hold either record anymore but is still considered as one of the deepest caves in the world.

5. Krubera-Voronja Cave
5 World’s Deepest Caves-Krubera-Voronja Cave

Our record holder for the deepest known cave is in the Arabika Massif of the Gagra Range of the Western Caucasus in Abkhazia (a breakaway region of Georgia). Voronya/Voronja in Russia means “crow’s cave” in English. The cave extends for 8,346miles (13,432km) and in 1956, French explorers first descended below 1 km (3,281 feet), since then cavers have dreamed of exploring deeper and had reached up to 2,191 km (7,188 feet) down on September 7, 2014. The Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, deepest terrestrial animal, was found living 6,500 feet below this cave.

As for reference, the Statue of Liberty is at 46 m (151 feet), while the Eiffel Tower stands at at 300 m (984 feet) tall. Being on the top to one of these world renowned landmarks will make you feel nausea. Just imagine how 1,545 m, 1,589 m, 1,632 m, 1,733 m and 2,191 m will be?

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Lauda Air Reviews

In this review, we’ll be talking about Lauda Air. This charter airline that operated from the biggest airport of Austria and also once had rocked our aviation world. Join me as we discover why this leisure airline of Niki Lauda had ceased operations in 2013. But before the ending, let’s first talk about how it all started.

The Rise and Fall of Lauda Air

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Niki Lauda

It is not that obvious, but just to state a fact, Lauda Air ‘s name was derived from the founder’s last name, Mr. Niki Lauda, a former Grand Prix driver and three-time F1 world champion. Well, that doesn’t have nothing to do with airlines. Though, this F1 racer took a different curve on his career when he established Lauda Air. From cars to planes, not a bad idea. Lauda Air was originally founded in 1979, but commenced operations in 1985 initially as a charter and air taxi service.

In the long run, Lauda Air was world renowned for its charter and leisure as an Austrian airline and was acquired by Austrian Airlines in 2000. By then Lauda Air had changed its fleet to all-Boeing models, which affected the performance of the prestigious airline of the 20th century and led them to withdraw from long-haul routes in 2008.
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However, in 2012 the merger of Austrian Airlines and Lauda Air was official. All the aircraft of Lauda Air were transferred to Austrian Airlines that rebranded to Austrian myHoliday, which now operates to sell the airline’s leisure offers. Lauda Air used to operate 59 domestic and international destinations and follow the frequent flyer program Miles & More since Austrian Airlines by then joined Miles & More in 2000.

How it was to fly with Lauda Air?
Lauda Air Reviews-on board

Lauda Air was once the most favored airline of tourists, since the on board experience is extraordinary or more like exclusive. As noticed, their flight attendants’ uniform are inspired from F1 racing theme, to be exact, crew are just wearing a usual jeans-and-sensible-shoes as their uniform. One reviewer before even mentioned that “If you are lucky enough to be on Lauda Air, you will get one of the best services around”. As stated as well on past Lauda Air reviews, crew have always been unfailingly friendly and helpful while serving passengers with meals and drinks. As expected from the airline that says “Service is our success.”

Official Website and Mobile App

Unfortunately, the page doesn’t operate anymore. We weren’t able to find a source to provide a screenshot of the website. Lauda Air never had a mobile version of their services.

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Conclusion

If you’ll recall, in 1976 when Niki Lauda had an accident during his second lap on a German Grand Prix, his Ferrari swerved off the track, hit an embankment, burst into flames. He was trapped in the wreckage; before the rescuers were able to pull Lauda from his car, he already suffered severe burns to his head even if he was wearing a helmet. The burns lead to his losing most of his right ear as well as the hair on the right side of his head, his eyebrows and his eyelids. This pretty much explains why you see him lately wearing a cap.

Getting to the point, it takes a lot of disasters and unwanted happenings before we discover greater things. Niki Lauda’s aviation business never stopped at Lauda Air, but continued with Niki (Airlines). This only proves he’s a natural born racer who keeps going and reaching his goal.