Researchers in Chile discover 20 underground caves

March 30, 2014

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Researchers in Chile discover 20 underground caves which could help unlock mysteries about how continents are formed

Caves- Diego de Almagro Island

The Telegraph (UK)

Chilean and French scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were formed.

The group found the system of around 20 limestone caves this week during a research trip to Diego de Almagro island off the far southwest coast of Chile.

Scientists had to abseil and scubadive to get into the caves, some of which are around 65 feet deep. They found wall paintings and bone fragments left by the indigenous Kawesqar people that could help date the caves.

“You can make models of areas where the continents broke off and this could be one of those spots,” said speleologist Natalia Morata.

The expedition is the latest in a series by the French Centre Terre association, who have found types of rock in the caves normally found in more temperate zones. The finds could give clues as to how the continents split apart.

Video: Caves network discovered under island off Chile

Video: Centre Terre is a non-profit association created in 1992 by both cavers or scientifists, eager to share their skills to carry out exploration work and whose common denominator is caving.


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