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Largest flooded cave system in the world discovered at Tulum

Tulum, Q.R. — An exploration group has connected two of the largest flooded cave systems in the world in Tulum.

The exploration group Gran Acuífero Maya (GAM) have connected two of the largest flooded cave systems in the world, Sac Actun and Dos Ojos in Tulum.

The caves of Sac Actun and Dos Ojos have a tunnel that connects them, a discovery that makes up the largest flooded cave in the world. According to the world rules of speleology, the largest cave absorbs the small, so Dos Ojos becomes part of Sac Actun.

GAM released a statement detailing the extent of the 347-kilometer flooded cave, which displaces the largest on the planet to another underground point in Tulum, in this case Ox Bel Ha of 270 kilometers.

GAM exploration group also recorded a system with a length of 18 km so far called “The mother of all the cenotes” north of Sac Actun whose maximum depth is 20 meters.

The importance of the finding is that it gives rise to, and supports, a great biodiversity and represents a large reserve of fresh water, which has given life to this region of the Yucatan Peninsula.

GAM is a project directed by Guillermo de Anda, underwater archaeologist and explorer of National Geographic.

The project is an initiative developed with the support of Aspen Institute Mexico, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the Technological University of the Riviera Maya (UTRM), National Geographic and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).