Booming Ice Chasm

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Booming Ice Chasm
Map showing the location of Booming Ice Chasm
Map showing the location of Booming Ice Chasm
Location Crows Nest Pass, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 49°37′N 114°41′W / 49.617°N 114.683°W / 49.617; -114.683Coordinates: 49°37′N 114°41′W / 49.617°N 114.683°W / 49.617; -114.683
Depth 140 metres (460 ft)
Length 704 metres (2,310 ft)
Discovery 2008[1]
Geology shale and limestone
Entrances 1
Hazards Acoustics, smooth ice
Features Ice falls

Booming Ice Chasm is an ice cave in the Crowsnest Pass area of the Canadian Rockies. It is a cold-trap cave, where cold air enters the cave and is unable to leave, resulting in the entrance pitch and floor being covered in several metres of clear, smooth ice.[2] The name derives from the acoustics of the cave.[3] It was discovered, explored and mapped in 2008 by the Alberta Speleological Society.[1] An expedition led by Nicholaus Vieira was filmed by François-Xavier de Ruydts and became a 19-minute documentary, which takes the viewer inside the cave.[2][4] The coordinates provided here and on other websites are incorrect. We had two GPS units and search the area within a 100 to 300m radius of the coordinates, but did not find the entrance.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chas Yonge (December 2008). Ian McKenzie, ed. "Booming Ice Chasm". The Canadian Caver (69). 
  2. ^ a b Carolyn Jarvis, "Mapping the Underworld," Global Television, Shaw Media Inc., September 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Prigg, Mark (10 December 2012). "Inside the glacier-cave: Amazing underground chamber with giant ice slides that never melt". MailOnline. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Leslie Young, Carmen Chai, Andrew Russell How to pull off an underground film shoot. Global Television, Shaw Media Inc., 28 September 2013, retrieved 17 January 2016

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