For years we have been fasinated by the cave explorers that volunteer their time to map out the cave systems that exist in the area. They are a necessary piece of work for the development of cave diving, understanding the area and to maintain an environmental assessment of the area. 

When you study these maps, which we do all the time, they are not only interesting and informative, but they can be works of art.  The thousands of diving hours coupled with the drawing and mapping time makes these more valuable then lets say , the Mona Lisa. 

Now I am sure that there are many who have an opinion about that statement, but hear me out.  The Mona Lisa was painted sitting in a studio, either from a vision of the painter or the painter was replicating a true person onto paper.  The artisit did not have to put on dive gear, find a buddy, take their slate , trek through the jungle, dive who knows how many times, and that is not even discussing the entry into the water, taking their notes and them mapping it out to create their ‘art’ that is used and admired by many.  Artists use many hours to create their art, but i dont know how many complete the prepartory work that cave divers complete in order to create their ‘art’.

Here are some examples of cave maps from the Quintana Roo Speleological Society www.caves.org

 to view this map in a large size go to this web page.

To show another detailed map there is also this map…a completely different outlook on what can be created.

 this can be viewed at this webpage.

 Cave mapping is amazing but credit really needs to be given to those cave divers who painsakenly have mapped and continue to map caves in the area.  They have volunteered their time and expertise to further the understanding of the caves in the area.  The Quintana Roo Speleological Society has made some great contributions and supported many divers since 1990.  Hats off to all the cave divers and artists who have contributed to cave understanding and knowledge.  From us, thank you!

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