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New mission to explore bottom of Belize’s Great Blue Hole

Virgin billionaire Richard Branson is joining a new mission to solve one of the most captivating mysteries of the ocean – what lies at the bottom of the Great Blue Hole in Belize? The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest sinkhole in the world – a giant cavern measuring 300 meters across and around 125 meters deep.

In 1971, underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau put the Blue Hole on the map when he first explored its depths.

Nearly half a century later, despite becoming a scuba hotspot, the Blue Hole’s exact features remain mostly unknown.

They’re planning to take submersibles including a manned Aquatica Stingray 500 to the bottom of the hole to chart what lies deep down below.

The Blue Hole Belize 2018 Expedition, as it’s been titled, will be broadcast live on the Discovery Channel on Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Located roughly 40 miles off the Belize coast, the Blue Hole is thought to have once been a giant cave on dry land, thousands of years ago.

Following the dive on December 2, vessels will continue to monitor and explore the site for two weeks, collecting data that will allow experts to construct real-life models of the Blue Hole’s geography.

SOURCE: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/great-blue-hole-belize/index.html

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