Mites & Tites

Mike Harding sends me the following: “As a caver geology, especially of karst limestone, may be of special interest to you. The magazine Earth Heritage has just published issue 35, which is to be the last hard copy issue. In future it goes digital only so register FREE for future issues at Issue 35 features an article on p.4&5 of a Geological Conservation Review project to produce 45 books, of which 36 have been published to date. Volume 12 ‘Karst and Caves of Great Britain’, originally published in hardback by Chapman and Hall in 1997 is one of the more obvious volumes of interest to cavers, as are Volume 29 on Lower Carbonidferous Stratigraphy and Volume 11 on the Upper Carboniferous. Some volumes are already freely available as an on-line resource at, including Vol.12.” I’ve checked the GCR site and it works! - excellent.

Now that James Cameron (Sanctum) and Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) have done it, can it be long before Sid Perou ventures into 3D?

Now, one area of the country about which Karst and Caves of Great Britain has absolutely nothing to say is Hampshire. But all that may be about to change, with the recent discovery of the Basingstoke Master Cave. Matthew Wire will soon, I am reliably informed, be providing guided tours of this hitherto little-known site, for a suitable fee.

The Prague Daily Monitor recently reported the appearance of a hole in the road at Rudice, South Moravia which, when the repair team arrived, revealed a four square metre cavern under the road. It seems that this is immediately above an aven in a known cave system and which will now probably turn out to be the deepest dry shaft in the Czech Republic, at 185-200 metres deep. This new shaft, Tumberek, is located a few hundred metres from the previous deepest, The Rudice Abyss.The Mayor of Rudice, Roman Sebela, is quoted as saying “Unlike the well-known Macocha Abyss, Tumberek does not offer any magnificent view as there is only a manhole cover in the road on the spot.”

In case you were wondering why this issue of Pelobates is not only somewhat belated but also a litttle on the slim side, I dare say it is because you accidentally forgot to post that promised article, or perhaps have not yet quite got around to writing up that new discovery. Never mind, the editor informs me that he is always ready to welcome any contributions, great or small and, the sooner he gets them the sooner they will be published. Pelobates 90 may yet appear before the dawn of the next ice age, with your help.