reply to post by Skyfloating
Each of the 151 Caves has it's own section with details of the height above sea lavel of the entrance, which country it is in, the type of cave (i.e
wet, dry, ice cave, shaft, etc), a rating from 0 to 4 regarding length (0 is unknown, 1 is 5 to 50m, 2 is 50 to 500m, 3 is 500 to 5000m and 4 is over
5000m). They also have an indiaction of the state of the exploration, for example, not explored at all, fully explored and measured, only breifly
explored and not measured, partially eplored and measured). The book then goes on to examine each cave in more detail, giving the total length,
horizontal distance, total difference (i.e up or down) in level from the entrance, when the cave was first explored or recorded, and a description of
the cave (from the entrance inwards). This includes a description of where to locate the cave entrance. Many of the more explored caves also have plan
and section sketched of the cave layout, made at the time of exploration.
There is far, far too much information for me to post everything about all of the caves, but i will try and answer any questions about specific caves
if you have some.
We should remember, that although we are probably interested in depths here, we should not forget lengths also. A cave could be 2km long, but only
deviate 10m in level from the entrance (although over the 2km it may rise and fall hundred of metres, of course).
The very deep cave that was mentioned earlier (with the lake underground) is, i think, not detailed in the book. Unfortunately the data is from 1975
Each group of mountains in the region has it's own "Kataster nummer" or land registry number - Untersberg is 1339. So, for example, number one in
the list, the Kolowratshoehle is identified by the unique number "1339/1".
In terms of "Grosshoehlen", or the caves categorised as being 3 or 4 in terms of size (as described above, 500m + length), the five listed are:
20. Grosser Eiskeller (length 1350m, horizontal 230m, diff 90m)
112. Kargrabenhoehle (length 1036m, horizontal 544m, diff -446.5m
26. Schellenberger Eiskeller (length approx 1000m, horizontal 150m, difff
2. Gamsloecher-Barenhorst (length 800m, horizontal 210m, diff 100m)
111. Schwiegmuehlhoehle (length 646m, horizontal approx 200m, diff -150m)
53. Suelzenkarhoehle (length 580m, horizontal 120m, diff 100m)
There really is w wealth of information, and if anyone is in a position to buy the book, i would recopmmend it (€44 or so!).