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Cave Diving

OPB | Feb. 1, 2002 7:30 p.m.

Cave Diving is the most dangerous type of diving there is. Meet a team of researchers who take the risk to explore parts of an Oregon cave that have never been seen before. The cave is a restricted site located in the lava lands near the Idaho border and is believed to be the only divable freshwater cave in the Pacific Northwest. The divers use kayaks, flashlights, and scuba gear to explore the thermally heated lava cave.

First Broadcast: 2002
Producer: Jim Newman

Producer Jim Newman joins a team of divers to explore a cave and underground lake in a remote area of Oregon. They are searching for mysterious creatures that thrive in the eternal night and for the cave’s outlet and main water source. The expedition, with its team of surface support people and equipment, takes on the feel of a space launch.


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