Jun 5, 2007

The World's Deepest Water-Filled Sinkhole - El Zacatón Cenote

Cenote Zacaton, near the northeastern coast of Mexico, is the deepest known water-filled sinkhole in the world.
"Bottom of world's deepest sinkhole found 318 meters below surface. The world's deepest sinkhole has been discovered with the help of a robotic vehicle designed for underwater exploration by the National Aeronautic Space Agency (NASA).

The fortnight-long NASA-funded exploration went down repeatedly into the depths of Mexico's El Zacaton sinkhole last month and found a previously undiscovered bottom 318 meters below the surface.

The vehicle employed autonomous navigation and mapping systems developed by Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and now has generated a sonar map of its inner dimensions."
Cenote Zacaton, located near the northeastern coast of Mexico.

Scientists communicate with the submerged DEPTHX robot from a platform floating on the surface of El Zacaton.

Lowering DEPTHX into El Zacatón

Cenote Zacaton is located in the state of Tamaulipas close to the town of Aldama near the northeastern coast of Mexico.

The DEPTHX robot awaits its next mission. Photo by Marc Airhart

Satellite Images

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