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Dry Caves and Sumps of Quintana Roo Mexico

Dry Caves to 500 m in Length

 

 

last updated 14 March, 2014

 


 

Cave exploration in Quintana Roo is normally focused on submerged passages due to regional geology, a shallow water table, and a historical penchant for underwater cave exploration. Although little is known about the extent or frequency of dry caves in Quintana Roo, our knowledge of these caves is expanding. We submit two catalogues as a foundation for understanding a further aspect of the karst of Quintana Roo. This information is by no means complete.

The first table (Dry Caves of Quintana Roo) lists caves that are not connected to an underwater cave through a surveyed sump. We limit the below web page roster to dry caves over 500 meters in length. If you are interested in reviewing the entire list of reported dry caves, please go here for a full download.

 

QRSS reports data shared by independent survey groups. QRSS does not use cave depths reported by civilian GPS machines. We prefer to rely on reported underwater and dry cave survey depths from the original survey Zero Datum.

 

Complete Dry Cave Report Here

 

Dry Caves of Quintana Roo
 
  Cave Name Length (Meters) Depth (Meters) # of Cave Entrances Reported Date
By
1 Sistema Dos Arboles 7920 -17.0 45 Sprouse Teams 08/2013
2 Sistema Rio Escondido (Cueva Dino) 6116 -13.0 11 Sprouse Teams 12/2013
3 Sistema Pulpo 4153 -15.0 14 P. Sprouse 12/2011
4 Cueva de Camaras 3123 -4.0 2 P. Sprouse 08/2013
5 Cueva Cheel Naajal 2127 ? 1? Sprouse Teams 12/2013
6 Sistema del Tercer Ojo 1962 -5.3 (?) 5 (?) P. Sprouse 11/2010
7 Cueva Media Luna (R. Actun Chen) 1670 -6.0 ? P. Sprouse 09/3012
8 Sistema Alux Sur 1663 -3.0 5 F. Devos 09/2002
9 Cueva Winik Sateem 1472 ? 1? Sprouse Teams 12/2013
10 Ox Balam 1468 ? 1? Sprouse Teams 01/2014
11 Sistema Belfast 1369 -7.0 8 P. Sprouse 07/2012
12 Sistema Paamul 1365 -5.0 2 P. Sprouse 03/2012
13 Sistema Panal 1362 -14.0 2 P. Sprouse 03/2012
14 Sistema Kana Kiwi 1341 -6.0 3 P. Sprouse 12/2011
15 Cech Chen (Dennis' Cave) 1319 -8.0 ? Sprouse Teams 01/2014
16 Aktun Zac 1204 -6.0 2 Sprouse Teams 08/2013
17 Cueva del Higo Caido 1190 -8.0 ? Sprouse Teams 08/2013
18 Sistema Muevelo Rico 1151 -4.0 3 Sprouse Teams 08/2013
19 Cueva la Bendicion 1065 -17.0 3 P. Sprouse 03/2012
20 Sistema Alux Oeste 1033 -3.0 4 F. Devos 04/2002
21 Cueva Hobbit House 1012 -12.0 1? Sprouse Team 12/2013
22 Gruta Escondida de Tara 984 -12.0 1 P. Sprouse 12/2011
23 Chi Balam 978 ? ? Sprouse Teams 01/2014
24 Sistema Altar 884 -4.4 2 Slovak Speleological Society 04/2012
25 Sistema Katu Balam 861 -10.0 3 P. Sprouse 04/2011
26 Sistema Las Palmas 781 -3.0 4 F. Devos 11/2002
27 Sistema Alux Norte 775 -3.0 3 F. Devos 03/2002
28 Sistema Naj Woolis 720 ? 2? Sprouse Teams 12/2013
29 Cueva Tres Dias 673 -4.0 ? Sprouse Teams 08/2013
30 Cueva Yuk Ha 663 -5.0 ? Sprouse Teams 04/2013
31 Cenote King Kong 548 -9.0 ? Sprouse Teams 08/2013
32 Xibalba 513 ? ? Sprouse Teams 01/2014
33 Sistema Alux Este 508 -3.0 5 F. Devos 03/2002
34 Sistema Temazcal 502 -14.0 2 A. Addison 11/2008
             
             
 

 

     

 

On occasion, both submerged and dry caves in Quintana Roo are connected by common tunnels. The table below lists surveyed cave assemblages where both underwater and dry sections are joined by a sump(s). The Total for each cave system indicates the true depth and length of the complete dry and wet cave.

 
Given the proximity of most underwater caves to the coast, we use the water table as Zero Datum for the list below. To simplify this list, the name of the cave system is mentioned first. Reported Sump Sections length sums the total of all sump surveys to or between dry sections. Reported Dry Cave Sections length sums the total of all dry surveys to or between sump sections.

The reported dry section depth is the deepest dry cave survey station reported from highest surveyed land surface entrance down to the water table (Zero Datum). Underwater surveys continue to the deepest surveyed station depth.

 
Underwater cave names and Sump Sections are not italicized. Dry Cave Sections are italicized. If you are interested in reviewing an expanded summary, please go here for a download.
 

Expanded Sump and Dry Report Here

 

Underwater Caves Connected to

Dry Caves in Quintana Roo

All Measurements in Meters

 

  Cave Name Length Depth Date  

1

Sistema Sac Actun

230775

-101.2

  12/2013  
  Sump Sections 82472

-119.2

  03/2014  
  Dry Cave Sections 5812

-11.0

  04/2013  
 

Total

319058

-130.2

   
             
2 Sistema K'oox Baal 73600 -26.2   12/2012  
  Sump Sections 956 -10.7   02/2010  
  Dry Cave Sections 583 -8.2   04/2012  
 

Total

75139 -34.4      
             
3 Sistema Xunaan Ha 52214 -27.1   05/2013  
  Sump Sections 1680 -21.0   08/2010  
  Dry Cave Sections 6551 -6.7   06/2011  
 

Total

60445 -33.8      
             
4 Sistema Pool Tunich 37142 -20.0   12/2013  
  Sump Sections 1070 -4.0   12/2013  
 

Total

38212 -24.0      
             
5 Sistema Sac Muul 13358 -21.0   12/2011  
  Sump Sections 20 -8.0   12/2011  
 

Total

13378 -29.0      
             
6 Sistema Cupul Ha 11027 -14.0   03/2014  
  Ka't Sump One 88 -6.7   12/2013  
  Dry Cave Sections 37 -0.0   03/2014  
 

Total

11152 -14.0      
             
7 Sistema Taj Majal 5463 -24.4   06/2010  
  Sump Sections 901 -14.3   07/2012  
  Dry Cave Sections 70 -6.1   07/2012  
 

Total

6434 -30.5      
             
8 Sistema Casa del Jaguar 2419 -8.8   12/2012  
  Dry Cave Sections 49 ?   12/2012  
 

Total

2468 -8.8      
             
9 Sistema Sac Pepem 1940 -14.3   07/2013  
  Sac Pepem Sump 29 -5.2   04/2013  
  Dry Cave Sections 21 ?   04/2013  
 

Total

1990 -14.3      
             
10 Sistema Swan Lake Spring 1258 -14.6   05/2010  
  Sump Sections 58 -9.1   05/2010  
  Dry Cave Sections 320 -5.2   03/2010  
 

Total

1636 -19.8      
             
11 Sistema Trono 1219 -6.0   08/2013  
  Sump Sections 370 -22.9   09/2013  
 

Total

1589 -28.9      
             
12 Sistema Taninah East 1254 -4.6   08/2013  
  Sump Sections 50 -12.2   08/2012  
  Dry Cave Sections 187 -6.0   09/2012  
 

Total

1491 -18.2      
             
13 Sistema Walls 1137 -8.4   04/2012  
  Sump Sections 296 -3.4   04/2012  
 

Total

1433 -11.8      
             
14 Sistema Guerreros 705 -4.6   06/2011  
  Dry Cave Sections 617 -9.1   03/2012  
 

Total

1323 -13.7      
             
15 Cenote Choko Pek 1276 -14.6   05/2009  
  Dry Cave Sections 30 -0.3   04/2009  
 

Total

1306 -14.9      
             
16 Cueva Cheen 827 -39.4   01/2014  
  Cueva Cheen Sumps 186 ?   01/2014  
 

Total

1013 -39.4      
             
17 Fatima Sump 930 -14.3   02/2014  
  Cueva Fatima 53 -2.7   02/2014  
 

Total

983 -17.0      
             
18 Sistema Aktun Sataal 636 -4.4   09/2008  
  Dry Cave Sections 265 -6.1   06/2008  
 

Total

901 -10.5      
             
19 Cueva de los Chicleros 682 -7.0   12/2013  
  Sump Sections 148 -4.0   04/2013  
 

Total

830 -11.0      
             
20 Sistema Altar Tigre 403 -8.0   10/2013  
  Sump Sections 329 -5.0   10/2013  
 

Total

732 -13.0      
             
21 Cenote S. Butterfly 579 -11.3   08/2013  
  Cueva S. Butterfly 51 0   08/2013  
 

Total

630 -11.3      
             
22 Sistema Pepem Actun Sur 562 -21.6   03/2012  
  Dry Cave Sections 36 -7.5   03/2012  
 

Total

598 -29.1      
             
23 Cenote Avicola 434 -19.8   06/2010  
  Dry Cave Sections 135 -2.7   06/2010  
 

Total

569 -22.5      
             
24 Cenote Xuux Kanan 463 -13.7   01/2014  
  Dry Cave Section 8 -4.6   01/2014  
 

Total

471 -18.3      
             
25 Cueva de Las Ruinas 377 -5.5   07/2001  
  Dry Cave Sections 53 -6.4   07/2001  
 

Total

430 -11.9      
             
26 Sistema Kaape Culche Sump 188 -3.0   01/2014  
  Cueva Kaape Culche 81 -0.3   01/2014  
  Cueva Bat 37 0.0   01/2014  
  Kaape Culche Piedra Sump 32 -3.0   01/2014  
 

Total

338 -3.3      
             
27 Cenote Chac Chi 284 -6.4   10/2012  
  Dry Cave Sections 22 -5.4   10/2012  
 

Total

306 -11.8      
             
28 Sistema Actun Can 209 -6.7   01/2011  
  Dry Cave Sections 27 -3.7   01/2011  
 

Total

236 -10.4      
             
29 Pol Tunich East Sump 76 -9.8   12/2013  
  Pol Tunich West Sump 65 -9.8   12/2013  
  Dry Cave Section 23 -0.0   12/2013  
 

Total

164 -9.8      
             
30 Cuevas Lorenzo 50 -2.1   03/2002  
  Dry Cave Sections 76 -6.1 03/2002  
 

Total

126 -8.2      
             
31 Sifon La Tumba 60 -3.0 08/2012  
  Dry Cave Sections 44 -1.0 08/2012  
 

Total

104 -4.0    
           

 

 

 

 

   
   
 

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