World’s Biggest Flooded Cave Found In Mexico

Herbert Mayrl/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM)/Handout via REUTERS

After months exploring underwater channels, a group of divers were able to connect two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to discover what could potentially be the biggest flooded cave on earth.

The discovery was made by the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) and it could help in understanding the development of the long lost Maya civilization which inhabited the region.

A scuba diver measures the length of Sac Aktun underwater cave system as part of the Gran Acuifero Maya Project near Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, Mexico January 24, 2014. Picture taken January 24, 2014. Herbert Mayrl/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM)/Handout via REUTERS

“It allows us to appreciate much more clearly how the rituals, the pilgrimage sites and ultimately the great pre-Hispanic settlements that we know emerged,” — Guillermo de Anda, GAM director and underwater archaeologist.

A scuba diver measures the length of Sac Aktun underwater cave system as part of the Gran Acuifero Maya Project near Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, Mexico January 24, 2014. Picture taken January 24, 2014. Herbert Mayrl/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM)/Handout via REUTERS

The Yucatan peninsula is filled with relics of the Maya civilization. They used a network of sinkholes connected to a subterranean waters known as cenotes, which their cities depended on for survival.

Scuba divers tour an authorized area of Sac Aktun underwater cave system as part of the Gran Acuifero Maya Project near Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, Mexico January 24, 2014. Herbert Mayrl/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM)/Handout via REUTERS
A scuba diver looks at an animal skull at Sac Aktun underwater cave system during exploration as part of the Gran Acuifero Maya Project near Tulum, in Quintana Roo state, Mexico February 12, 2014. Picture taken February 12, 2014. Jan Arild Aaserud/Courtesy Gran Acuifero Maya Project (GAM)/Handout via REUTERS

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