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Explorers descend into the depths of Fort Stanton Cave to map Snowy River

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Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014 9:00 pm

In 2001, a team of cavers following a small flow of air hand-dug a narrow passage through a dirt wall deep in the Fort Stanton Cave in south-central New Mexico. When they finally squirmed through the cramped tunnel, they popped out into a new passage carpeted with a brilliant white river of minerals. They named the passage Snowy River.

“It was astounding,” Albuquerque building contractor and dig team leader Lloyd Swartz said four years after the find. “We weren’t expecting it. We sat on a slope nearby and just stared at it for about five minutes.”

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