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Caving in Papua New Guinea
SEPTEMBER 2006
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Untamed Rivers
Photograph by Stephen L. Alvarez

Dense, untrammeled vegetation lends a prehistoric feel to the interior of the enormous Kavakuna Doline, one of ten or so large sinkholes in this part of New Britain. After exploring Ora, Robbie Shone, left, Dave Nixon, second from left, and two local porters trek through river mist to approach the bottom of Kavakuna. Near the end of the expedition, the team spotted a previously unknown doline from the air, a river visible deep within it. "You cannot really get much better than this," says expedition leader David Gill. "It's an incredibly exotic, beautiful, untouched area."
Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Format: Digital
Lens: 16-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/16 @ f/2.8
Weather Conditions: Misty
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: Helicopter
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