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CAVE DIVING IN GREECE

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Wednesday, 07 January 2009 15:41

            
  • Cave diving at the underwater sinkhole of "Vouliagmeni" with maximum depth of - 35.2 m and horizontal penetration of 150m. The sinkhole of Vouliagmeni is known as " The Devil Well", because it is consider to be extremely dangerous and 4 scubadivers have died in it (3 Americans 1 Greek).    
  • Cave diving exploration project at the "Lake of Vouliagmeni". The expedition that lasted from 1989 to 1993 was completed in three phases. Exploration results:
1. Cave diving with trimix at – 95 meters depth.
2. Discovery of stalactites at – 68m depth.
3. Exploration and mapping with total penetration of 970 m (longitudinal) at unexplored parts of the Vouliagmeni Lake.
4. Discovery of an active underwater river that supplies the lake - which is also a spring-lake - and its water level is 50 centimeters uppermost of the sea level.
5. Analysis of water samples from different depths.
6. Underwater photographing and filming of the underwater system and radioactivity measurements.
7. Discovery of the existence in the lake of the fish "Black Moly" and "Kotos" ( it is thought possible that Vouliagmeni Lake is the only area where these two rare fish exist).
  • Analysis of water samples from different depths.
  • Underwater photographing and filming of the underwater system and radioactivity measurements.
  • Cave diving and research for the recovery of two missing scubadivers – officers of the Special Forces of the Hellenic Army - who were lost at Vouliagmeni Lake in 1993. The bodies of the two unfortunate men were found 200 meters away from the cave entrance at -18 and -73 meters depth, respectively.
  • Cave diving researches at the area Archaboli in Evia. Exploration and mapping of 17 marine caves for the determination of whether they are artificially or naturally modulated. The expedition was part of a collaboration with the archaeological team of the archaeologist Maria Panagopoulou, who is conducting an archaeological excavation on a terrestrial part of Archabolis.The team of the archaeologists observed an increased quantity of mineral and scoria in the area. Therefore the exploration, mapping and filming of the underwater caves was done in order to discover if the mineral was coming from them.
  • Cave diving and underwater research in collaboration with the community of Melisi in Korinthia and the Greek Institution of Geologic and Mineral Research for photographing, water sampling and measurement of water supply as well as video recording of the underwater spring of "Almyros" at -56 meters depth.
  • Cave diving at "Selinitsa" cave of Mani (Peloponnisos). After a walking through the terrestrial part of the cave, a Cave diving of 120 meters penetration and - 32 meters depth was done.
  • Underwater research for the Ministry of Culture at the underwater springs of Nafplio area, at a depth varying from -50 m to -70 m.
  • Cave diving in spring cave “Kolethra” of Metoxi - Evia. Total penetration of 240 meters, maximum depth -46 meters.
  • Cave diving in the underwater river Drakos, in Peloponisos. Penetration up to 400 meters, maximum depth - 54 meters.
  • Cave diving at -71 meters depth at the sea spring “Eye of Lili” - Peloponnisos.
  • Cave diving, maping and exploration of “Diros” cave at -69.8 meters depth. Penetration in an unexplored part of the cave up to 1050 meters. Stalactites were found up to a depth of -65 meter depth.
  • Cavedives in underwater tunnels of "Lavrio" mines for filming and sampling of rocks for future utilization.
  • Underwater research at the area of "Astakos" for the spotting and the utilization of fresh water at a depth varying from -50 m to -60 m depth.
  • Cave diving and mapping of the underground cave "Dragonara" ( commonly called "Agiasma", located next to the homonymous church) at the top of the mountainside in central Evia.   
  • Participation at the Cave diving research program "Peloponisos '91" that lasted from the 10 th of October to the 8 th of November 1991 and it was a collaboration of a Greek - French research team of cavedivers.
  • Cave diving at the spring “Agios Vlasis” in Evia. Penetration up to 330 meters maximum depth -37.5 meters and water temperature 12 oC.
  • Cave diving and maping of “Ladonas” Spring at Helmos. Penetration up to 190 meters maximum depth -49 meters and water temperature 12 oC.
  • Cave diving at the underwater cave "Peristera" at -34meters depth. Two amphora's were found and were turned over to the Department of Marine Antiquities.
  • Underwater exploration, photographing and filming of the lakes and cave systems of Cefalonia island: "Abythos", "Melissani", "Karavomilos", "East and west Zervati".
 
     Total registered cave dives: 229 from which the most important ones are the above mentioned.
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