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The entrance to Green Cave in the Southern Hills with G. Api in the background

The entrance to Green Cave in the Southern Hills with G. Api in the background

Subject to a successful permit application the Mulu Caves Project hopes to return to Mulu in May 2010.  The focus of this expedition will be to consolidate previous work at the southern end of the park.  Unlike recent trips the team will be based at National Park HQ and work in the Southern Hills and the southern end of G. Api.  The team are likely to visit Deer Cave, Green Cave, Stone Horse Cave, Daniels Cave, Nasib Bagus, Drunken Forest Cave and Clearwater Cave to name but a few.

Expedition objectives include;  Modern photography of known caves.  Underground and surface survey work to fill in gaps in the data base.  Continuation of the scientific research into the speleogenesis of the caves including cosmogenic, uranium lead and paleomagnetic dating studies.  Exploration of Clearwater’s highest levels to determine whether this level is isolated or is likely to continue north to the Melinau Gorge.  The project team will assist Park Management with promotional and educational display material whenever requested.

Tim Allen will again lead the eight person team and welcomes the return of Professor P L Smart who will assist Dr G E Moseley with the programme.  Prof. Smart has wide experience of Mulu and was involved in a number of research projects within the National Park between 1980 and 1996.