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Wowo 2012
National expedition of the Fédération Française de Spéléologie. Massif des Nakanai, New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

This extremely isolated region is full of cavities that are "other-worldly". In the heart of a tropical forest inhabited by the Papou people, can be found huge, aquatic underground networks that are very rich in formations. Two expeditions in 2010 and 2012 again undertook explorations begun in 1980. The junction between several networks was reached, and from there explorations pushed in all directions, for a total of 20 km. Wowo thus became the longest network known today in New Britain. With 660 m of depth, it is also the second deepest in Papua.