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Cavers discover miles of passageways under southern Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Cavers discover miles of passageways leading to a whole new river system under southern Indiana and they say it could lead to much more.

"A lot of people think of Indiana and think cornfields and soybeans and flat lands," said Gary Robertson, owner of Indiana Caverns.

But there's an underground oasis waiting to be discovered.

"It's quiet, it's serene, it's beautiful, breathtaking actually," said Rand Heazlitt, a local caver.

People travel the world looking to experience this unique beauty.

"It's almost a spiritual experience in the sense that you're walking in a place that's almost like sacred halls that nobody's ever been before," said Heazlitt.

In the past five years, cavers have crawled through water and walked through mud, nearly doubling the length of the Binkley Cave.

Heazlett said, "As nice and as big as this map is, it's already obsolete we're way down over here now."

The cave system spans 41 miles across Southern Indiana. Explorers recently discovered a whole new river system to the south one of the largest in the cave.

"I think that there's in excess of 100 miles of cave to be found throughout the whole system," said Heazlitt.

Robertson said, "We're growing rapidly and we're expanding into a big new area and we think this is going to be one of the biggest caves in the world."

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