Nine new caves have been discovered in Abkhazia

Entrance to the lowest levels of the Veryovkina cave system in Abkhazia.

Entrance to the lowest levels of the Veryovkina cave system in Abkhazia.

Abkhazia continues to surprise with its underground mysteries, with the first four of the deepest caves in the world located here. Researchers have discovered 9 new caves in Abkhazia.

A team of 20 experts conducted the discovery expedition in the Arabika mountain range in Western Caucasus. These newly discovered caves are around 50 meters deep and take the form of vertical wells.

The new caves were named after the nearest village where they were discovered.

Two cavers swim in a pool at the deepest point of the world's deepest cave as team leader Pavel Demidov climbs up a rope. This pool rests at 7,257 feet (2,212 meters) below the surface.

The Veryovkina, Krubera-Voronja, Sarma, and Snezhnaja caves in Abkhazia continue to hold their position as among the top four deepest caves in the world.

With a record depth of 2,223 meters (7,257 feet), the Veryovkina cave is the deepest cave measured thus far in the world.

Ten Deepest Caves in the World

  Name  Depth (m) Length (km) Country
1 Veryovkina Cave 2223 17.5 km (7.2 mi) Abkhazia 
2 Krubera-Voronja Cave 2199 16.5 km (9.9 mi) Abkhazia
3 Sarma cave 1830 19.2 km (11.9 mi) Abkhazia
4 Snezhnaja cave  1760 40.8 km (25.4 mi) Abkhazia 
5 Lamprechtsofen 1735 61 km (38 mi) Austria
6 Gouffre Mirolda 1733 13 km (8.1 mi) France
7 Gouffre Jean-Bernard 1625 26.6 km (16.5 mi) France
8 Sistema del Cerro del Cuevón  1589 7 km (4.3 mi) Spain
9 Wot-U-Got Pot  1560 113 km (70 mi) Austria
10 Sistema Huautla 1560 89 km (55 mi) Mexico




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