Exciting discovery of Almeria’s deepest cave

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A GROUP of Venezuelan potholers has discovered the deepest cave in Almeria Province, in the Sierra del Saliente, between Oria and Albox. The Venezuelan Potholing Association located the cave at 1,370 metres on the Sierra del Saliente. It has a number of pits, some of them more than 30 metres deep, making it one of the 30 deepest in Andalucia, and of great interest to those who practice potholing.

The potholers report that there are areas of great beauty within the caves, with stalactites, stalagmites and other geological phenomena, as well as a colony of bats, the largest seen in the north of Almeria.

The existence of the Cueva del Saliente was documented back in 1884, but due to the difficult terrain, it was until 2009 when the Venezuelan potholers began to explore it.

The mayors of Albox, Oria and Taberno are looking into the possibility of adapting the caves to make them into a tourist attraction much like the caves in Nerja, Malaga, which is the one of the most important natural monuments in Andalucia and receives half a million visitors every year.

 

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