Divers discover world’s longest underwater cave in Tulum

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Divers have discovered a cave system off the coast of Mexico. The underwater cave is the world’s biggest, and is likely to start making to the bucket lists of people all over the world.

The massive cave is 347 kilometres long, the longest in the world. Located near the beach resort of Tulum, it has intrigued divers with its mysterious nature and incredible beauty.

The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM) Project’s researchers made that discovery. They explored the underwater mazes in that region for months before stumbling into that stunning cave. The mission of the project is to study and find out ways to preserve the subterranean waters off the Yucatán Peninsula.

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The gigantic cave system is actually the route that links together two already known subterranean caves – the Dos Ojos and the Sistema Sac Actun. Guillermo de Anda, the director of GAM and an underwater archaeologist, has high hopes about the newly discovered cave. He also said that it could reveal some secrets about the Maya civilisation.

The Maya people were a part of the Mesoamerican civilization and are known for the hieroglyphic script. They lived in that region before the invasion of the Spanish in the 1700s. Some of them live there even today.

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Mr de Anda hoped that the cave system would shed more light on the rituals and pilgrimage sites of Maya people. The researchers believe that these massive sinkholes or ‘cenotes’ were considered as holy spots in that ancient civilisation.

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