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Jewel Cave Passes 175th Mile

Jewel Cave is now 175 miles long. The new mile marker was reached this past weekend. Jewel remains the third longest cave in the world.

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Jewel Cave explorer Dan Austin coming through a crawl way

Six cave explorers mapped the 175th mile near a room called the “Crushing Deep”  during a four day trip into newly discovered areas. On Valentine’s Day, team members named one the of the new passageways they found "The Heartland Express." The next day they pushed into a previously unexplored area in the far southwest corner of the cave and mapped a new deepest point at 677 feet below the surface.

A day after that, Charles Michael Ray was at the top of the elevator when the cave explorers emerged to a surprise party celebrating the mapping of the 175th mile. 

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