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Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« on: September 05, 2012, 03:47:55 pm »
Cheddar Caves Press Release.


The "Tuesday Diggers" have found their way into the  BIGGEST  UNDERGROUND
CHAMBER  yet discovered underneath the Mendip Hills. Called "The Frozen
Deep" by the discoverers, this chamber contains some of the most stunning
calcite formations ever found in Underground Mendip, including two 5m tall
pure white columns of calcite surrounded by pure white flowstone covering
the walls and floor.

The six triumphant "diggers", who are well known in the world of Mendip
Caving, include Martin Grass, Alison Moody, a retired teacher, two retired
GPs, Dr. Pete Granvill and Dr. Tony Boycott, Nigel Cox and Nick Chipchase,
who celebrates his 65th birthday tomorrow.

The six of them have had exclusive access for the last 4 years from Longleat
Estate to dig the "gated" Reservoir Hole, which Dr. Willy Stanton, as Lord
Bath's Consultant Geologist, had previously looked after for Longleat Estate
for many years. It lies 150m east of The Pinnacles in Cheddar Gorge and has
a large main rift, which was discovered and named "Golgotha" by Dr. Stanton
in 1969. Further major "finds" were made in 1970 and 1973, but progress
thereafter was more limited.

Dr. Stanton, before his death, had suggested that the "diggers" concentrate
on exploring a side passage, and eventually they broke through into a 20m
long parallel rift, which they named "Great Expectations". Removing a large
slab enabled them to crawl a further 15m into another chamber, 25m high and
20m long, which they named "Resurrection ". Yesterday this led them
to a loose boulder slope, which ended in a 12m vertical pitch.

Returning today, Tuesday 04 September, with rope and tackle, they descended
the pitch into the largest chamber yet discovered under the Mendip Hills,
being 50m to 60m in diameter and up to 30m in height and containing the most
stunning calcite formations to be found in recent times in any Mendip cave.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 03:56:40 pm »
Brilliant news - looking forward to the photographs. Well done to all the diggers.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 03:57:05 pm »
Cracking work, guys. Well done.
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2012, 03:59:59 pm »
" The Frozen Deep" could be 200 ft long, 100 ft high and 120 ft across making it, by total floor area, on of the UK's biggest caverns. It probably has the widest natural arch in the UK.




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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2012, 04:32:47 pm »
WOW!  :thumbsup:

Yeah, can't wait to see some photos.

Well done all.  :clap2:

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2012, 04:35:04 pm »
Well done Nick, and the rest of the digging team - an excellent result for all your efforts and one which must make you deservedly very proud and satisfied that all that hard work has paid off so handsomely; fabulous work and hats off to you all - Willie Stanton would be chuffed, I reckon!

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2012, 04:38:22 pm »
I have a few edited photos now but ruddy Photobucket wont work at present. Will get back later.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 04:39:28 pm »
Brilliant find guys, well done on all your hard work.  :beer2: ;D :clap2:
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2012, 04:44:04 pm »
Just heard about this on fb.  Congratulations - fantastic find!    :beer2:

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2012, 04:59:33 pm »
Wow, excellent news! The stuff of dreams!  :beer2:

What direction is it heading in? Close to Goughs?

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2012, 05:07:16 pm »
Congratulations on all your hard work getting rewarded at last.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2012, 05:08:54 pm »
Well done!  What an amazing find, just shows that perseverance pays off.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2012, 05:11:46 pm »
Just a little bit gob-smacked! 

Well done.  :clap2:  :clap2:  :clap2:
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2012, 05:12:46 pm »
Wonderful news! Many congratulations to the hardy diggers - amazing determination they've shown in overcoming so many obstacles but they've got their just rewards. Just super!!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2012, 05:20:38 pm »
You'll be able to stand up and stretch then, after all that burrowing in constricted spaces under huge slabs...

Well done!   :thumbsup:
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2012, 05:33:10 pm »
wow well done to all involved a huge achievement.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2012, 05:43:12 pm »
Didn't really think things like this were still unknown in Britain!  :beer2:

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2012, 06:02:23 pm »
Excellent news. Congratulations and well done! Looking forward to the photos.
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2012, 06:16:59 pm »
Thanks everybody. Nick is now pleased  I saved him from a watery grave in exchange for a bouldery tomb :lol: Seriously we have a lot to do to get the place tidied up let alone surveyed and photographed over the next few months. We hope by the beginning of the next caving tourist season that  parties will be able  to visit on the  same basis as before but we need to establish decent paths and check out possible leads. There are some photos on Facebook I believe.  I will be submitting a short report for the next issue of Descent with a fuller story for the December issue. And, Yes, we are extremely chuffed especially as the average age of the digging team is 60 ie we have been working a long time to get to this point.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #19 on: September 05, 2012, 06:24:29 pm »
" The Frozen Deep" could be 200 ft long, 100 ft high and 120 ft across making it, by total floor area, on of the UK's biggest caverns. It probably has the widest natural arch in the UK.

Great news guys

How do you define "widest natural arch" out of interest...?

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #20 on: September 05, 2012, 06:27:55 pm »
Well done everyone.

Thanks for sharing your discovery so soon after it was discovered, much better than chinese whispers.

Looking forward to the pics.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #21 on: September 05, 2012, 06:54:22 pm »
Please note that the Press release at the top of this thread was just something that was quickly done for Cheddar Caves. The final chamber is 30m high at one point and is certainly very big, but we now need time to survey the whole extension to get an accurate length and also to determine the size of the chamber. Pete will be producing a full detailed write-up and description in due course.

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #22 on: September 05, 2012, 07:12:45 pm »
Is it really bigger than GB main chamber  :lol: Fab work  :bow:

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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #23 on: September 05, 2012, 07:42:22 pm »
Hats off, absolutely fantastic achievement.
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Re: Reservoir Hole stuff, and boy there's a lot of it
« Reply #24 on: September 05, 2012, 08:15:19 pm »
A strange but true fact about this discovery was that "old ruminator" predicted this last year. With evidence to prove it.
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and... spoiler alert till Nick gets his photobucket in action


« Last Edit: September 05, 2012, 08:36:06 pm by menacer »
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