The scientific future of cave diving.

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Title: The scientific future of cave diving.
Author: Skiles, WC
Abstract: Cave diving developed initially as a sport; however, as the level of participation and interest grew, divers began to think about, study, and map the fragile, unusual environment they were privileged to visit. In the past five years, cave divers have participated in substantial research related to biological, hydrological. and geological studies. In an effort to fully explore these sciences associated with underwater caves, new techniques and strategies must be developed to allow for more efficient exploration to take place. Solving problems such as air and bottom time restrictions, hazards of decompression. and dealing unfavorable environmental conditions will allow the cave diver to play a crucial role as a gatherer of important research data. As the present technical hurdles are overcome the sport and sciences associated with cave diving will excel.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (
Date: 1987

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