Student Cavers Discover Over 70 Caves During Moroccan Expedition

July 30, 2012 / Morocco, Africa
The landscape of Morocco's Tazekka National Park

Photo via University of Sheffield

A recent caving expedition saw 21 members of the University of Sheffield’s Speleological Society visit Tazekka National Park in Morocco.

During their visit, the students, the first British cavers to visit the area since the 1980’s, discovered over 70 caves, surveying and mapping over 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles) of underground cavities.

Some of the caves were over 90 metres (295 feet) deep and almost 150 metres (500 feet) long.

Organising this expedition was a great experience. Working together with Moroccans and 21 keen cavers was fantastic. Seeing new members learn new skills in a beautiful environment had to be the highlight for me. Rosie Hadfield, Caver

The conditions were very hot, reaching 40ºC in the middle of the day. Water was scarce when we were out each day and members carried three litres of water with them to remain hydrated. We collected water from a local spring and boiled it to purify it, and always tried to avoid working around midday. Rosie Hadfield, Caver

The results of the expedition will now be compiled into a report and forwarded to the British Caving Association’s library. The students hope to return next year, to continue the discovery and mapping of caves in the area.

Students discover, explore and map over 2,500 metres of Moroccan cave system [The University of Sheffield]

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