Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Under World’s Deepest Cave, These Divers Found Something Even Greater…

Intricate Detailed Work

Intricate Detailed Work

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De Anda knew the diving team had put a lot of effort in the work, and that included Schmittner. "He didn’t rest for 14 years until he found the interconnection. Every day very early, filling and loading oxygen tanks, suiting up, finding a new entrance, making a new map,” he recognized. Fortunately, the hard work produced results.

Switching Up The Model

Switching Up The Model

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The Ox Bel Ha system in south of Tulum, was known as the largest underwater cave because it had a length of 270 km (168 miles). To the northeast was the Sac Actun system with a length of 264 km (163 miles), which was in 2nd place. The Kook Baal system was in 3rd place with 93 km (58 miles), and Dos Ojos took up the rear with 83 km (52 miles. But on January 10, everything changed.

Their Goal Was In Reach

Their Goal Was In Reach

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De Anda and his team were able to find the juncture between Dos Ojos and Sac Actun using the diagrams they mapped during each dive. In total, the caves measured 347 km (216 miles) long and 20 meters (66 ft) in depth, which made it the world's largest underwater cave. But there's something more important about this cave, and it has nothing to do with its size.

Journey Through Time

Journey Through Time

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It was the “most important submerged archeological site in the world,” according to De Anda, who compared the cenotes in the Sac Actun-Dos Ojos cave to time tunnels because the archeological finds had remained well preserved. GAM explorers found vestiges of the Mayan civilization, as well as the remains of prehistoric humans and ancient animals.

Discovery With Every Finding

Discovery With Every Finding

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The GAM's exploration team found ruins dating all the way back to the days of the Mayan, which included human remains, walls, stairways, rock paintings, and even ceramics. These discoveries were part of a puzzle that would help humanity get a clearer image of what this civilization was like ages ago. But the team found something that went further in time.

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