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Pozzo del merro


Pozzo del Merro is a flooded sinkhole in the countryside northeast of Rome, Italy. Situated at the bottom of an 80 m conical pit, at 392 m (1,286 ft) it is the second deepest underwater vertical cave in the world. In 2000 two ROVs were sent to explore its depths; the first, the "Mercurio (Mercury)" reached its maximum operative depth of 210 m (690 ft) without reaching the bottom. The second ROV, "Hyball 300", reached 310 m (1,020 ft) without touching down either. A third dive in 2002 with the more advanced "Prometeo" robot reached the bottom at 392 m (1,286 ft), but discovered a narrow passage continuing horizontally.

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Map of Pozzo del Merro, 00010 Sant'Angelo Romano, Rome, Italy

The sinkhole, similar to the Zacatón cenote, was formed by volcanic activity eroding the carbonate rock.

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Pozzo del Merro Wikipedia


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