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Underwater caves discovered in Chile

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 - 01:26

Mar.7 - A team of Chilean and French researchers says they found a series of underwater caves that could hold scientific clues. Sarah Toms reports.

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These underground caves in Chile could hold clues about how our continents were formed. Thirty-five Chilean and French researchers found the caves on Wednesday when they set up camp here on a scientific expedition in the Patagonia region. They began exploring and to their suprise they uncovered this network of around 20 limestone caves near Diego de Almagro island. SANTIAGO, CHILE (MARCH 05, 2014) (TVN - NO ACCESS CHILE / CNN / CHILE WEBSITES) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPELEOGENESIS SPECIALIST, NATALIA MORATA, SAYING: "You can make models of the areas where the continents broke off and this could be one of those spots. It is a key place and it is here, in Chile." But it's not for the faint hearted, the scientists had to abseil and dive to get there. Some of the caves are 50 meters deep. And though the conditions are difficult they could see old paintings on the walls and fragments of bones on the floors. All of which could help give hints on dating the caves. SANTIAGO, CHILE (MARCH 05, 2014) (TVN - NO ACCESS CHILE / CNN / CHILE WEBSITES) (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SPELEOGENESIS SPECIALIST, NATALIA MORATA, SAYING: "For there to be this kind of rock here, which is only found in more temperate zones, means there are sure to be a lot of keys here, which is like a treasure trove that we have to decipher to understand the evolution of the planet, of the continuous climate changes there have been." Only about one third of the area has been searched....which means there's a treasure trove of information down there, that could unlock still more of the earth's secrets.

Underwater caves discovered in Chile

Friday, Mar 07, 2014 - 01:26

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