Many people dream of exploring outer space, but we don’t even understand everything inside our world yet. The ocean holds endless mysteries and possibilities, and we are only at the beginning of discovering what is really out there.
One of the latest and greatest mesmerizing discoveries is an enormous underwater cave. The place was discovered on the Caribbean coastline of the Yucatán Peninsula near Quintana Roo. Since its initial discovery, a project is underway to study this cave further.
The explorers of the Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM) have found an elaborate system of caves, and they have stumbled upon ruins that could unlock the secrets of our past.
“It has more than a hundred archaeological contexts, among which are evidence of the first settlers of America, as well as extinct fauna and, of course, the Maya culture,” archaeologist Guillermo De Anda explained to National Geographic.
De Anda works for the Mexico National Institute of Anthropology and History, and he is extremely excited about these findings. He has even referred to the cave as “the most important submerged archaeological site in the world.” Indeed, if this cave contains relics from the Mayan era, we may be one step closer to understanding the mystical civilization.
The team is hopeful that they will find even more caves, and even more ancient artifacts. Getting to the cave is not easy – since it is underwater, only deepwater divers can access it. Needless to say, there are safety risks involved. But De Anda believes the work is worth it. “It’s a tunnel of time that transports you to a place 10,000 to 12,000 years ago,” he romanticized.
National Geographic has dubbed this space “the world’s largest known flooded cave;” it measures up to 215 miles in length. The cave might be immensely huge, but it was not discovered overnight.
In fact, it took Robert Schmittner, the leader of the group, 14 years to find this space, after long-searching for a way to connect two known tunnels. Even now he and his team are looking for ways to connect this cave to others. The GAM project has unlocked a mystery that will continue to unravel for decades to come.
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Discoveries like this make us wonder what else we don’t know about our oceans. There could be life forms we have never heard of before, and there are almost certainly strange sights we have never seen. As we explore more of our world, we may even learn more about our past.
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