Mexico: Divers discover the biggest underwater cave-system on the planet

18.01.2018 17:56
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Crystal clear water & 347 kilometers in length - history included
Cave divers have discovered and explored a 216 miles (347 kilometer) underwater cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula. It is probably the longest underwater cave system in the world.

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After months full of exploration work and literally hundreds of dives near the coastline and the city of Tulum, divers have discovered that the two caves Sac Actun and Dos Ojos are connected. This is reported by the organization Gran Acuífero Maya, dedicated to the protection and research of the Mayan heritage in the Cenotes and underwater caves.

The dives took place under the leadership of the German scientist Robert Schmittner, who had long suspected that there had to be a connection between the two caves. "Our discovery is the result of more than 20 years of work, of which I have dedicated 14 years to this really huge Sac Actun system," says Schmittmer.

"These hundreds of kilometres of underground passageways are real tunnels of time – time machines, being the most important archaeological underwater site in the world with hundreds of sites," says Guillermo de Anda, director of Gran Acuífero Maya.

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Now it's all about preserving and protecting the cave system and finding more connections between the underwater caves. Among other things, the divers and researchers now want to investigate whether there is a connection between the cave Sac Actun, in whose name now the rules of caving the smaller cave Dos Ojos rises, and three other underwater caves in the vicinity. In addition, the flora and fauna of the gigantic cave system will be explored.

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