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That Sinking Feeling
Photograph by Stephen L. Alvarez

Screw up on the edge of Tawi Attair, and it's a long way down—and getting longer all the time. Almost 690 feet (210 meters) deep, Tawi Attair is a sinkhole, which means caves directly beneath the floor of this pit keep collapsing, deepening the hole—and raising the risks. "When you climb here," says Louise Hose (above) "you have to watch for loose rocks falling on your head."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS 1
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/4

Weather Conditions: Foggy and rainy
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Natural light



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