03 Oct 2016
Located at 2940 m a.s.l. a cave opened in 1994 at the bottom of a former lake. Known as El Cenote, a 285 m-deep shaft was discovered whose upper part contains thick, bedded ice. An expedition led by Francesco Sauro (La Venta Association) surveyed the cave in 2015 and now in 2016 using laser-scan techniques. We participated in this project by providing data logger for environmental monitoring of the cave´s meteorology. This year, Christoph Spötl, Gina Moseley and Andreas Treyer also took ice samples and replaced pollen traps. Watch out for a popular-science article about this expedition in GEO Magazine scheduled for spring 2017.
Images courtesy Robbie Shone.