A team of Polish scientists has recently unveiled the deepest subaquatic cavern in the Czech Republic. This cave filled with water is 404 meters deep, being considered world’s deepest subaquatic cave. Krzysztof Starnawski is the polish expert who led his team into conducting the research. He declared to The Associated Press that after this experience he felt just like Columbus must have felt when he discovered America. This discovery near the town of Hranice is a very important one.
- Polish scientists has discovered world’s deepest subaquatic cavern, called Hranicka Popast.
- They found out that this cave is even deeper than four hundred meters.
The cavern is called Hranicka Propast, and after it was examined for years, now the specialists managed to measure its depth. Starnawski scuba dived into the cavern 200 meters deep and from there, he sent a robot, ROV, to dive even deeper. This robot reached 404 meters deep, and it didn’t even hit the cave’s bottom. The scientist thought he could risk too much if he had let ROV dive even deeper.
Hranice Abyss is topping the last record registered in Italy, in a cavern called Pozzo del Merro which measured a depth of only 12 meters. The Tuesday’s record dethroned the one from Italy. The Czech Speleological Society argued that the deepest subaquatic cavern could be even deeper than what was already demonstrated. They are sure that another record will be set soon.
The specialists conducting the study stated that ROV went as deep as its security cable permitted it to dive. The bottom of the cave was not even close to the robot. For scientists, diving into Hranice Abyss was very difficult and extremely dangerous.
The water temperature of only fifteen degrees Celsius and the murky areas made their experiment very challenging. Another factor that was a disadvantage for Starnawski’s team was the water’s composition. At that depth, the water becomes very acid because of all the microorganisms developing there, and those substances can harm unprotected skin and even specialists’ equipment.
Starnawski asserted that the price he and his team had to pay for this world’s deepest subaquatic cavern was entirely worth it. He developed a crosswise map of the cavern which reveals that there is no doubt this cave is much deeper than stated. The gadget he used to do the measurements, ROV, was specially designed by GRALmarine, for this expedition. The Polish team will try diving again this Saturday, going even deeper. They are planning to find another way to bring the robot back up after diving it very deeply.
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