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            新概念英語聽力mp3下載第三冊lesson 42

            Source: 恒星英語學習網  Onion  2007-03-21  我要投稿   論壇   Favorite  
            Cave exploration, or potholing, as it has
            come to be known, is a relatively new
            sport. Perhaps it is the desire for solitude
            or the chance of making an unexpected
            discovery that lures men down to the
            depths of the earth. It is impossible to
            give a satisfactory explanation for a pot-
            holer's motives. For him, caves have the
            same peculiar fascination which high
            mountains have for the climber. They
            arouse instincts which can only be dimly
            understood.
            Exploring really deep caves is not a
            task for the Sunday afternoon rambler.
            Such undertakings require the precise
            planning and foresight of military opera-
            tions. It can take as long as eight days to rig up rope ladders and to establish
            supply bases before a descent can be made into a very deep cave. Precautions of
            this sort are necessary, for it is impossible to foretell the exact nature of the
            difficulties which will confront the potholer. The deepest known cave in the
            world is the Gouffre Berger near Grenoble. It extends to a depth of 3723 feet.
            This immense chasm has been f.mp3ed by an underground stream which has
            tunnelled a course through a flaw in the rocks. The entrance to the cave is on a
            plateau in the Dauphine Alps. As it is only six feet across, it is barely noticeable.
            The cave might never have been discovered had not the entrance been spotted
            by the distinguished French potholer, Berger. Since its discovery, it has become
            a sort of potholers' Everest. Though a number of descents have been made,
            much of it still remains to be explored.
            A team of potholers recently went down the Gouffre Berger. After entering
            the narrow gap on the plateau, they climbed down the steep sides of the cave
            until they came to a narrow corridor. They had to edge their way along this,
            sometimes wading across shallow streams, or swimming across deep pools.
            Suddenly they came to a waterfall which dropped into an underground lake at
            the bottom of the cave. They plunged into the lake, and after loading their gear
            on an inflatable rubber dinghy, let the current carry them to the other side. To
            protect themselves from the icy water, they had to wear special rubber suits.
            At the far end of the lake, they came to huge piles of rubble which had been
            washed up by the water. In this part of the cave, they could hear an insistent
            booming sound which they found was caused by a small water-spout shooting
            down into a pool from the roof of the cave. Squeezing through a cleft in the
            rocks, the potholers arrived at an en.mp3ous cavern, the size of a huge concert
            hall. After switching on powerful arc lights, they saw great stalagmites--some
            of them over forty feet high--rising up like tree-trunks to meet the stalactites
            suspended from the roof. Round about, piles of lime-stone glistened in all the
            colours of the rainbow. In the eerie silence of the cavern, the only sound that
            could be heard was made by water which dripped continuously from the high
            dome above them.
             


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