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NASA Robot to Explore 'Bottomless' Pit

NASA

May 15, 2007
A robotic yellow submarine will journey this week to the world's deepest sinkhole, which already has taken the life of one diver who sought to reach its bottom and discover the life that might exist there.


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Others have tried to reach the end of this seemingly bottomless pit in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, known to be at least 925 feet deep, but no one has ever succeeded.


The self-automated "DEPTHX" (Deep Phreatic Thermal Explorer) will search the depths of the El Zacaton cenote, or geothermal sinkhole, for life and also study its dimensions and look for the vents that feed it.




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El Zacatón, a vertical cave about 100 meters (328 feet) wide and more than 300 meters (1,000 feet) deep, has been called an “upside down Mount Everest.” It could easily swallow New York’s Chrysler Building. No one has ever reached the bottom, so it’s true depth is unknown.

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