When Experts Descended 700 Feet Into An Unexplored Cave, They Were Met With An Otherworldly Sight

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It’s October 2019, and a group led by Max Wisshak make their way along an unexplored cave passageway. They’re in New Mexico’s Lechuguilla Cave, discovered in 1986 and located in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In the years since Lechuguilla’s discovery, cavers have surveyed many miles of the underground labyrinth. But what Wisshak and his colleagues now find in this previously unseen section surprises and delights them.