• Tatum Williams

New underwater cave system found in Mexico


As the world of science expands, so do its discoveries. The world's largest underwater cave was discovered in Mexico by a project called the Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. The cave is located somewhere off the east coast of Mexico, near the beach resort of Tulum.

According to the Guardian, GAM is "dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula." In addition, "the 347km (216-mile) cave was identified after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels."

This source also reported that cave system Sac Actun, which measures 263 kilometers, and system Dos Ojos, which measures 83 kilometers, were connected, which resulted in the founding of this new cave system.

According to Live Science, "In 2007, GAM researchers working in the Sac Actun system discovered the skeleton of a teenage girl who lived about 13,000 years ago. The skeleton, dubbed Naia, was found in a dark, flooded pit called the Hoyo Negro, 140 feet (43 meters) below the surface, alongside bones of ice-age animals."