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halogen
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Hobby Shops
Early 90's industrial music
Farming
Teaching
Classic video game systems
Pizza Hut
Traveling on Greyhound
Bulletin Board Systems, MOOs
Freezing cold weather
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Bent Tree
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Advanced

Fine dining(all customs of service)
Botany
Animal husbandry
Agriculture
Nutrition
Food and culinary history

Intermediate

Aquaculture
Astronomy(with emphasis on the moon)
ASL
Biology
Primitive camping

Interests

Insanity
Anthropology
writing sci-fi(all-consuming hobby)

Weaknesses
Physics
Math
grammar!
mechanics/engineering


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djvdakota
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I'm only going to put down my unique qualities, as we've already had plenty of pianists and photographers on the list:

*homeschooling (semi-pro)
*natural childbirth (pro)
*black and white photography, including early methods (advanced amateur-ish--own a BFA in photog.)
*stay-at-home mom (pro)
*drove tourist carriages for a couple of years


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Igwiz
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Professional:

Public Policy Analysis and Development
Environmental Policy Assessment
Environmental Behavioral and Psychology
Evaluation Design and Planning
Constitutional History and Administrative Law

Personal/Amateur:

Gardening/Landscaping
Glassblowing
West African history/culture/food


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Professional

Zoo Keeper: Colchester Zoo, UK. 77-81
Lion Country Safari, Irvine CA. 81-84
Journeyman Plumber: Orange County, CA. 84-86
Construction Management: Project Superintendent, CA. 84-91
Irrigation systems specialist: Self-employed, CA. 91-present


Interests.

Audio-file equipment/listening (bankrupting hobby)
Computers
Bibles. Translations vs. Versions, etc
Sci-Fi, reading, writing.
Wife husbandry.
Parenting.
Impossible to predict dynamics of “Survivor”


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ArachneWeave
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I'm not an expert in any area except passing out advice based on lots of input and a little imagination. Taking that into account my unique areas of experience:

JAPANESE (conversational)--Fluent
I can also pick out the better word to use from a dictionary, if you want help with something more technical

JAPAN'S CULTURE--rural day-to-day stuff. Lived in a city amid an agricultural area with its own dialect.

AMATEUR ANTHRO with the angle of pre-adult culture shock and the resulting bi-cultural perspective.

YA Fantasy I'm quickly covering like few others, I think. ^_^


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Christian
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Skill----------------------Level
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Computer Programming (Professional)
Consulting (Professional)
Military Life (Army) (Professional)
College Life (Professional)
College Drinking (Professional)
Drinking (Professional)
Hangovers (Professional)
Comics (Professional Fan)
Influencing People (Professional)
Current Tech Products (Semi-Pro)
American Idol (Professional Fan)
Heroes (Professional Fan)

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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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Christian you in the army?

what mos?

and where are you staitined.

RFW2nd


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Christian
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Hi Rommer,
I'm not in any more. I was a 98G (Russian Linguist). I was stationed in California (1yr), Texas (3 Mos), and Hawaii (2.6 years).

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Doc Brown
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Professional:
Distance Learning
Industrial Engineering
Plastics molding and extrusion


Hobby:
DeLoreans
Cave exploration
Throwing parties
Automobiles made in Cleveland from 1897 through 1929.
Writing prose


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gobi13x
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I guess for myself most knowledgeable about:
Knowledge of things related to the undead
biochemistry
dancing
Armour crafting (mostly chain)

Others:
Wasting time
Russian
Medical things
Melee combat


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Lynda
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Professional:

Internationlly collected, multiple award-winning Sculptor (in plastilene [oil based clay]) producing bronze, resins and papercastings, as well as jewelry. One of my bronzes is a world-championship trophy as well as being in a coffee table book.

Trade show vendor (for my art and books)

Lecturer on sculpting and equine photography

Writer (non-fiction how-to book on sculpting just sold out its first edition; novel is on Amazon)

Owner of a small business (Whimsy Hill Studio LLC) for over 10 years.

Singer (many years in the past - 7 years operatic training, but again, many years in the past)

Mother of a multiple-mentally-handicapped child (ADHD, PDD, OCD, ODD, etc., Tourettes, Bi-polar, you name it)

Horse show mother to a now-adult rider who's working her way up to the Pan Am Games and Olympics (eventually) in dressage - but she started out in 4-H, then Pony Club, so we've seen the whole spectrum.

Former riding instructor (forward seat, then hunt seat and western). Still ride, English and western on a Quarter Horse. Used to ride hunter/jumpers in my youth. Know a bit about driving horses too. Also bred horses for a while.

Amateur:

Award-winning photographer (film camera - digitals came in when I got bifocals, so I'm not as good as I once was - and I never developed my own film)

Numerous crafts, including stained glass, macrame, counted cross stitch, needlepoint - all long in my past, but I sold a lot of them when I was doing them.


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Wordmerchant
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Professional
All topics related to miniature wargaming, many of them adaptable to movie SFX, including miniature painting, miniature terrain construction.
Treatment of adolescent sex offenders.
Addiction treatment.
Writer of MH/MR training materials.
Published writer of Role Playing game materials.
Published award winning poet.


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Nova1021
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Astronomy (professional)
Planetary Science (professional) - Includes physics, math, programming, geology, etc.
Space Exploration (professional)

Other stuff that I may know something about:
Dinosaurs
Evolution
Video Games

FYI if you are looking for answers to astronomy questions, check out this site (which I contribute to): http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/


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skadder
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Anyone speak fluent german?
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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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trivling through space is easy.
getting to your destantion is the hard part.
once you get there getting permission to land is even harder.
if permission is denied, nuke the planet from ordet.
key points to my empires space fleet.

RFW2nd


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MorwenElda
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I don't really feel comfortable saying I'm a professional at anything, but I'll contribute what I can.

Serious Hobbies (Advanced Amateur)
Belly Dancing
Metaphysical Beliefs with emphasis on Divination (most specifically tarot)
Writing and Reading (who here doesn't have those as hobbies though?)

Other Areas of Interest
Psychology
Pathophysiology
Philosophy
Charity Organizations
Astronomy


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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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Ok I found it, if any one is looking for a Rolls-Royce Merlin

This place might help you

http://www.vintagev12s.com/home.htm

Your welcome

RFW2nd


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Professional only - I'm not sure I'm qualified to give advice on hobbies.

Computer graphics
Animated film production
Fine art


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micmcd
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Programming (professional)
Mathematics (former professional)
- Academic life/graduate school/grad school malaise (note, i'm programmer now)
Beer (studied amateur, including brewing techniques, ingredients, some history)
Football (decently well-studied fan)

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Merlion-Emrys
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Hmmm I wouldnt go so far as to call myself an expert in anything, but there are some things I know a good deal about, through various means.

Lets see..


The "Homeschooling/Unschooling" movement: I was "homeschooled" my entire life, and my family was very active in various homeschooling groups in South Florida when I was younger.

Homebirth/Midwifery: My brother and I were both born at home, and my mother was for some time considering becoming a midwife's assistant.

Breastfeeding.

Anti-immunization issues

I have the personal experience of growing up/living gay in America, including growing up gay in a predominantly Christian household.

I have family members with severe OCD, and have lived with a person diagnosed/in treatment for social anxiety disorder and previously depression.

My father is a musician, and I have considerable knowledge of the music and artists of the 60s and 70s.

Considerable knowledge/trivia as far as movies and television in the fantasy/horror/sci fi genres. Also know a lot about Anime, and a good bit of Japanese culture/religion/mythology/non anime cinema.

In particular I'm extensively familiar with the works/fictional worlds/lives of various writers and shows/series/movies: Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Ursula LeGuin, Babylon 5, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel Comics, etc.

Tarot

Some Kabbalah, occultism in general.

Some astrology

Paranormal/cryptozoological/Fortean studies.

Bit of religion and philosophy, and of course mythology/legends/folklore/fairy tales from all over the world, especially European.


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EP Kaplan
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History (seriously, I think everyone on here does history, at least a bit)
German Language
Judaism and Jewish studies, Kabbalah
Cooking, food, nutrition (Professional)
Latin
Roman culture
Mythology, particularly Greco-Roman and Norse
Filmmaking/Production
New Jersey
Music (60s-90s), rock and garage, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, New Wave
Ceramics (semi-pro)
Metalworking
Art/art materials/art history
Dadaism
Siege warfare
Poetry (semi-pro)
Quebecois, which isn't "real" French
Russia and Russian History, Russian Language
Hockey
Hebrew
Cold Weather/Winter Survival

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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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Who here knows how and or why when I downloaded Quick Time Player it was all in French? And how do I complain to Apple Computer about this? I got so frustrated about this I uninstalled it and downloaded it again and yet again it was in French when the sight was in English?

RFW2nd


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This is interesting!

Professional:

mother (eleven years)

I can teach:

sharing
self-control
kind words
time out
and rage management

*I'm also a professional artist (pencil is my preferred medium)


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Robert Nowall
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If my recent foray into downloading a bunch of stuff to update my iTunes and reset my iPod is any guide...and if I recall right...at some point, you actually have to select which country you're in and which language you want. And if you wander onto the wrong website / wrong page, you might wind up with something else even if it's a language you can read. Make sure it's something on the order of "United States" and "English"
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Gardener
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To make money I'm a bookkeeper and I'm good with spreadsheets and business stuff.

I'm a watercolor artist, mostly landscapes. Haven't shown/sold in awhile. (I'm writing more than painting these days)

Organic gardens, herbs, veggies, nutrition, dabbled in Macrobiotics.

Theatre - mostly scenic art, a smidge of costumes.


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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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But nothing about language came up. It was just in French.
Maybe the alcohol in my system will help me remember the 2 years of French I took. Lol

RFW2nd


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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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I am looking for some one who knows about leather clothing.

How to make, where to get, authentic replicas, etc.

I am looking for a pair of new WWII A-3 leather bomber pants, and A-9 bomber flight gloves.

To complete my MAD BOMBER PILOT look. And to wear when I move to Alaska during the winter.

RFW2nd

just hit me up on e-mail

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Professional:

Mining engineering
History
Education and Educational theory

Hobbies:
Model building
chess (both North American and shogi)
geology

Languages spoke:
English
Japanese


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LAJD
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Vocations:
Molecular Biology
Biotechnology tools development
Human diagnostic assay development (gene based tests)
Bioinformatics
Innovation and futures management for biotechnology and biocomputation

Avocations:
Airstream trailers
Land Rovers
classic british cars
modern home remodeling
social networks


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mikemunsil
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Professional:

Geology
Environmental Science
Consulting Project Management

Experienced/Advanced:

Jungle Warfare
Jungle Survival
Latin America
Spanish
Horses (Paso Fino)
Knife Throwing
Technical Writing
Raising Bi-polar Children
Sailing Small Craft
Panama Canal Zone
Offshore Oil Drilling
Broken Bones (34 at last count)


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J
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Mike, you are a flat-out dangerous individual. Why doesn't that surprise me?
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mikemunsil
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dunno, is it the poetry thing?
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it's your rhythm stick.
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satate
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Professional
music teacher main instruments - piano and flute, though i can teach the basics of any of them, amature vocalist
child development
elementary education
public school system
full time mother

Hobbies?
this is my hobby, writing and reading


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MartinV
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Physics (student)
Swordfighting (french style canne de combat)
Ancient history and mythology (just a love for it)

Languages: Slovenian

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cklabyrinth
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Any of you physics/chemistry guys still active?
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J
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Yes.
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JeanneT
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Anyone know anything about caving (spelunking)?
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RobertB
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Did a bit, years ago. I still know a couple of guys who do it. What do you want to know?
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If you were caving and an unexpected severe storm hit what would that be like? I understand threats of flooding would be a concern. But how deep would you know that something was going on outside? Assuming hurricane type conditions outside, what would probably happen inside? And how would experienced cavers react?


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Things I know lots about:
the English/British monarchy
the Hundred Years War
archaeology of buildings (maybe not lots, but I think I'm pretty good at dating buildings)
Discworld novels
being a secretary
being a Third Culture Kid (and travelling)
the city of York

Things I think I know lots about but probably don't:
castles & their architecture
medieval costume (made/designed a few things)
medieval art and stained glass
horse riding (did for 8 years, sadly don't any more)
pets, especially cats and fish

Hobbies and interests (other than writing):
singing (classical, folk songs, all sorts)
cooking, especially baking
greeting card-making
pencil drawing & Photoshop
classical guitar
history of medicine
archery
cartography

Languages:
English
French (fluent - so if you need any help, Rommel...)
Spanish (un poco)
Medieval Latin (patchy)
Scottish Gaelic (just started teaching myself)
I'm also very interested in etymology and conlanging. If anyone else builds languages I'd be happy to chat about it, just drop me an email.


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Rommel Fenrir Wolf II
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I took 2 years of French and the only thing I remember is how to say “What would you do for a Klondike Bar.” Saying not spelling. I had gotten so frustrated by quick time player that I removed it from my computer. I don’t like not being able to read what it is trying to tell me.

Thanks anyway.

RFW2nd


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RobertB
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<<If you were caving and an unexpected severe storm hit what would that be like? I understand threats of flooding would be a concern. But how deep would you know that something was going on outside? Assuming hurricane type conditions outside, what would probably happen inside? And how would experienced cavers react?>>
(Jeanne T)

That would depend entirely on the cave system. If it was a dry system (ie no running water), the storm would make no difference whatsoever, and the cave would be a safe refuge if you needed one.

Caves are formed by running water, though, and many of them do have streamways within them. These are often liable to flash floods. If you've got half the sense you were born with, you don't go near a system like that in bad weather! People do, though. Sometimes they get cut off for a couple of days before the water goes down and people can get to them. Other times they aren't so lucky.

The last time I went caving with the university Caving Club there were some guys trying to show off what hard cavers they were. They'd been at it for some time, and everyone was sick of them and their silly clique. They were in a stream passage when three feet of water suddenly came down, and were lucky to get out. I had a quick look on Amazon, and there are loads of caving books there; a bit of reading would soon show you what I'm getting at.


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quote:
If you've got half the sense you were born with, you don't go near a system like that in bad weather! People do, though.

That's the point though, Robert. This bad weather was totally unexpected. That IS what I said. I mean do you usually expect the end of the world?

These are mature, responsible cavers who expected good weather. Something cateclysmic happens while they're down there.

And unless I have to I frankly don't want to have to read half a dozen books on the subject looking for the right information for something that only involves the first chapter. Of course, there are books on Amazon. But wasn't that the point of this expert thread? But thanks anyway.

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You don't need to read half a dozen books; what you could do is look around, find a similar case somewhere, and base your story on that. That way it would come over as a lot more real.
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Rather than a hurricane, why not an earthquake? Totally unexpected, and can easily open up one cavern (wet cave) to another (dry cave), resulting in a flood.

I suspect that the cavers' response would be based upon how much room they had to maneuver. Some caves I have been in leave absolutely no room for maneuver or the unexpected. In that case you cannot do anything about it. On the other hand, some rooms are large enough to let you scramble about.


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quote:
That's the point though, Robert. This bad weather was totally unexpected. That IS what I said. I mean do you usually expect the end of the world?

However, you did not place the 'unexpected weather' in context. Rather than coming across as notably exasperated at RobertB's answer, you could have responded in more detail (hence, providing context) or been appreciative of RobertB's attempt to help.

This brings up a good point, I think, that we can all keep in mind when dealing with 'experts'. We should expect to provide sufficient information to give the expert a reasonable chance to answer, or not ask.


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Because an earthquake is not a worldwide cataclysm which is what causes the severe weather, Mike. I didn't say it was a hurricane but used that as a comparison. It caused hurricane-like weather -- that is devastating winds, wind-driven rain, and severe flooding among other things.

However, the cause of the severe weather didn't make any difference in what happened while they were in the cave.

I wasn't "notably exasperated." I thanked Robert although he wasn't able to help. I'm sure he would have if he could have. That is the point of this thread, after all.

I simply wanted to know how deep in the cave they would have known something was going on outside and if rain water would flood cave passages as well as what the reaction of the cavers would be other than "none of the weather reports said this would happen." None of the books I glanced at on caving had a thing about extreme weather so I think it would taking a lot of looking to find that. I doubt that's a common occurance or I certainly hope not. I'll make my best guess and get blasted by cavers when I get it wrong. Such is life. The majority of us who think going around in dark caves is a bit insane won't notice.

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the anwer to the first questiomn is a few yards. As for the underground flooding, it really does depend. This sort of situation happens regularly, and it wouldn't be hard to find enough information to avoid annoying every caver who picks up the book! Here's an account of one unfortunate incident: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/what-lies-beneath-mossdale-caving-disaster-794268.html?r=RSS . It doesn't give enough for any real description of what holing is like though.
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