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New cavern discovered in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Construction work in downtown Playa del Carmen has led to the discovery of a cavern.

The discovery was made on 38th Avenue in the neighborhood of Pedregal. The find came when workers began drilling to repair a drainage leak, however, the area has since been taped off and protected by authorities.

Inside the cave, officials say they found stalactites, calcareous rocks in the shape of an irregular cone that point downwards, and stalagmites, calcareous rocks that point upward.

Authorities have already safeguarded the cavern to carry out scientific studies that they say, can provide information about the area from thousands of years ago.

Stalactites and stalagmites are formed by runoffs and dripping of water from the surface for thousands of years. The structures are generated from the dissolved minerals.

In January, scientists discovered a new mineral formation in a Puerto Morelos centoe called campanas del inframundo or bells of the underworld. They were noted as being the largest of their kind in the world.