World's Longest Underground River is in Yucatan

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  1. RiverGirl

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    From Reuters:
    http://today.reuters.com/news/artic...1Z_01_N01286086_RTRUKOC_0_US-MEXICO-RIVER.xml

    Longest underground river found
    Thu Mar 1, 2007 7:17pm ET148

    Cave divers in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula have discovered what may be the world's longest underground river, connecting two cave systems with a waterway at least 95 miles long.

    A group of foreign divers exploring the area near the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen have yet to name the stretch, but believe it could be connected to two other major systems, adding more than 125 miles to its length.

    "It's a bit of the Star Trek syndrome: the thrill of exploration, to go where no one has gone before," said diver Steve Bogaerts, who helped find the underground river.

    Prior to the discovery, the Palawan underground river in the Philippines and Vietnam's Son Trach River vied for the record as the world's longest.

    The area in southeast Mexico is home to tourist resorts Cancun and Cozumel, as well as Mayan ruins Chichen Itza and Tulum. It sits on a Swiss-cheese subsoil of limestone dotted with deep wells that are entrances to tunnels that have fascinated divers for decades.

    The local tourism board said 24,000 visitors went diving in the caves last year.

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  2. Michael F.

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    Excellent! Thanks for posting that, Rivergirl! :)
     
  3. Drewbert

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    It takes big nads to do that sort of exploration.
     
  4. CancunCanuck

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    Cool stuff Rivergirl! (And how appropriate that "River"girl posted this news, haha)
     
  5. DConCT

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    Yes Kel... I keep expecting you to post about the 'worlds largest Canadian found in Mexico'

    :cool:
     
  6. RiverGirl

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    I became claustrophobic when my daughter was born. Before that I went caving some. But no more, I can't stand to be underground now.
     
  7. CancunCanuck

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    I became claustrophobic after my stint as a magician's assistant! Disappearing and reappearing were ok (even though you are in a cramped space), it was the six hour drives in the back of the uhaul with all the equipment, 3 birds, 4 rabbits and a stinky road crew that made me never want to be in an enclosed space again. :D

    (and that is a TRUE story)

    Dennis, did you just call me fat? :wink:
     
  8. DConCT

    DConCT CC's SB Godfather Registered Member

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    Kel....

    hell no.

    I've met you, and certainly know better. :cool: :D

    will you be avoiding the HZ altogether next week (10th-17th) when I'm down there?
     
  9. CancunCanuck

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    Heck, I'm putting out warnings to all the women to steer clear of the crazy guy from Connecticut! :D :D
     
  10. DConCT

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    Oh no!!

    hopefully you'll be around, was fun getting drunk and talking about the feasibility of a comedy club and such in Cancun...

    I have to check out this My Place establishment.. seems like good people running it
     
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