Recently Discovered Cave in French Pyrenees Reaches 400 Meters in Depth

March 5, 2012 / France, Europe
Inside Le gouffre du Quéou

Photo via Groupe Spéléologique Haut-Pyrénéen de Tarbes

A group of nine French cavers of the Groupe Spéléologique Haut-Pyrénéen de Tarbes have reached a depth of -409 meters (1,341 feet) in a recently discovered cave in the French Pyrenees.

Known as le gouffre du Quéou, it is located at an altitude of 1,280 meters (4,199 feet) on Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre.

In four expeditions since its discovery a few months ago, the group has explored over one kilometer (0.6 mile) of passage. Their progress only stopped when they encountered a rushing river in an underground canyon.

The group thinks that the resurgence of this water may be near Picharrot, and dye tracing will soon be done to confirm their theory.

Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre. Découverte d’un trésor souterrain [ladepeche.fr] & Hivernale au Quéou [Le Blog des Tachous]

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