Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

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

Going Back To Jurassic Times

Going Back To Jurassic Times

Gran Acuifero Maya

Studying the geological features of the cave could help them understand how life began in this part of the world approximately 30 to 40 thousand years ago, according to De Anda. The remains of ancient megafauna, sabertooth tigers, ancient cougars, bears, elephants, and giant sloths were found, along with early humans, believed to be the peninsula's first settlers. But his team's geological work is far from over.

Analyzing Everything

Analyzing Everything

Gran Acuifero Maya

Archaeometric analysis will begin on the fossils and the other objects that were found by the GAM team in order to determine the approximate age of the materials. But Schmittner's crew will not be staying on land. The divers believe the cave might also connect to other tunnel systems and they want to continue to explore the caves.

The Continuous Labyrinth

The Continuous Labyrinth

Gran Acuifero Maya

Their exploration paid off as the diving team found another tunneling system which they called "the mother of all cenotes." The system is 18 km in length (11 miles) and 20 meters deep, and is located north of Sac-Actun-Dos Ojos, and they believe it's part of the vast sea cave. But exploration alone is not the endgame of this project.

Seeing The Bigger Picture

Seeing The Bigger Picture

Gran Acuifero Maya

The Gam team will start analyzing the Sac Actun-Dos Ojos system's water quality, while studying the cave's biodiversity and interdependence. The animals, the jungle, the coral reefs, and the mangrove rely on the overall health of this aquifer. However, De Anda fears that it might be in danger because of the quickly growing level of human development that is concentrated in this area.

Reducing Humanity's Impact

Reducing Humanity's Impact

Karen Fuentes

De Anda stated: “The biggest dangers are unplanned urban developments, pollutants, garbage, human interactions in general, uncontrolled pesticides. We are contributing with our work, with the information we gathered to provide to authorities and even make recommendations for public policy based on scientific data…The notoriety of this finding should serve to achieve adequate conservation and protection of the aquifer.”

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