Career of the Month: An Interview with Deep-Cave Explorer Barbara Anne am Ende

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Barbara Anne am Ende first learned about the wonders of caving during a simple visit to a commercial cave at the age of 14. Shortly thereafter she took a spelunking tour (studying caves and their contents) and was hooked; she joined the National Speleological Society (NSS) to foster her interest. As a member, she did some tourist caving (looking around well-know systems) and visited wild caves (undeveloped without paths or lights). Am Ende longed to find a passage no person had ever seen before, a virgin cave. She got her wish—one of her most memorable explorations, the 1994 Huautla Expedition, is depicted in her book, Beyond the Deep.

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A selection from The Science Teacher—September 2004

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  • on Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:30 AM

Spelunking is not a well paying job so you need a ‘day job’ to provide for living expenses. The caver described in this article works for a company that using remote sensing and knowledge of geology to explore the Earth. However, exploring and mapping caves is her love. In this article she explains what you need to be able to do to be a caver and she also talks about her most exciting experience.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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