Breakthrough in Grottes de Presque After 25 Years

May 17, 2011 / France, Europe

Spéléo club de Saint-CéréThis past Saturday cavers from the Spéléo club de Saint-Céré discovered new galleries in the Grottes de Presque, in Saint-Médard-de-Presque, 450 kilometers (280 miles) south of Paris. The new passage, which extends 200 meters (656 feet), doubles the known length of the cave.

This discovery is no coincidence, it is the work years of exploration and digging. Every year for the past 25 years members of the Spéléo club de Saint-Céré has participated in an operation to unclog a gallery filled with clay and sand. On April 4th, 2011 the breakthrough finally came, however the two cavers who achieved it did not continue. Due to extraordinary camaraderie, they waited until this past Saturday until all available members could be on hand for the momentous occasion.

Their expectations were far exceeded. The rooms beyond hold all sorts of beautiful cave formations. The final room is 7 to 8 meters (23 to 26 feet) high and has a diameter of 25 meters (82 feet).

The caving group worked in participation with Grottes de Presque who provided access to the cavity. The Grottes de Presque is already known for it’s stalagmite pillars 8 to 10 meters high, the most impressive titled the “Pillars of Hercules.”

Grottes de Presque. Une nouvelle cavité découverte [Ladépêche.fr]

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