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Vernon Unsworth, a British insurance consultant and hobbyist spelunker, has made a obsession of the Tham Luang cave system.
They were joined by scores of spelunkers who flocked to Mae Sai within days of the news that the soccer team was trapped by floods.
The appeal of discovering new, hidden worlds is a big part of why spelunkers are drawn to cave exploring.
Here are a few tales of cave rescues that worked: A cry for help, in a box In 1983, eight amateur spelunkers were trapped in a Kentucky cave after a rainstorm caused a stream to rise, sealing their only escape route.
But fear not, urban spelunkers and cavern connoisseurs: Bagley said the city hopes to offer more tours, perhaps in October, to commemorate Massachusetts Archaeology Month.
Teams can either tackle the courses physically, or design a simulated spelunker.
The spelunkers of The Descent are stuck in utter darkness below the Appalachian mountains even without cannibal troglodytes; to be left alone out in the Atlantic Ocean, as in Open Water, is awful enough without sharks.
Sadly for would-be spelunkers, the hole in the road will be given a permanent seal.
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Did You Know?
Spelunker sounds like the noise a pebble makes when you drop it down a deep hole and into dark, hidden water far below. But there's nothing dark or obscure about the etymology of the term. We borrowed "spelunker" from Latin spelunca, which in turn derives from Greek spelynx. When you get to the bottom of things, you find that both the Latin and Greek words mean "cave." Although "spelunker" might sound neat, be careful: some cave-exploring enthusiasts prefer the term "caver."
Origin and Etymology of spelunker
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Definition of spelunker for English Language Learners
: a person who explores and studies caves as a hobby
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