Species unknown to science have been found in the world’s deepest cave
Russian speleologists have reached the bottom of the Verkhovkin Cave considered the deepest cave in the world. The expedition took the cave explorers almost a week, but it was worth it. They found there species of creatures unknown to science and also improved the descent record by eight meters, establishing that the cave is at least 2212 meters deep
Veriovkina Cave was discovered in 1968 by Russian cave explorersow. At first it was designated as S-115, only to adopt the name Verovkin Cave in 1986, in honor of Russian speleologist Alexander Verovkin. It is located in Georgia and is considered the deepest known cave in the world. An expedition of Moscow speleologistsow completed at the end of March this year proved that it is deeper than expected and reaches 2212 metersoin the depths of the Earth.
The expedition to the bottom of the cave lasted nearly a week. Speleologists were equipped with the necessary equipment and provisions. Each carried nearly 20 kilograms on its backoin equipment. They communicated with the outside world by means of a telephone cable, whichory dragged behind.
The cave has still not been thoroughly explored. At a depth of more than dwoch kilometerow, contrary to expectations, speleologists have discovered 20 species hitherto unknown to scienceoin creatures. They have taken probki and delivered them to specialists for further research.
– These are species new to science, whichore have not yet been described. Mohere we see leeches, centipedes and scorpions. Over a long period of evolution, they have adapted to the prevailing conditions at the bottom of theow and are not found anywhere else,” Ilya Turbanov of the Institute of Biology of the W said in an interview with Zwiezda TVod Inner.
The bottom of the cave is covered with water. Researchers do not exclude the possibility that it may connect through tunnels to the nearby Black Sea.