UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

The Geological Survey of Spain (IGME) is conducting a research into the Cerro del Cuevon (-1589m), the deepest cave of Spain and one of the top ten around the world. This cave is located at Picos de Europa (Asturias Community, Northern of Spain). The Spanish scientific project (SISMOSIMA), is led by Raul Pérez López, geologist and caver who studies the effect of earthquakes in caves. The main objective of the project is to place thermal and gas loggers (CO2 and H2) in different deep caves all around Spain, with the aim to propose a model of earthquake activity and thermo-gas response of karst systems. The idea, say the geologist and caver, is to compare gas emission and thermal perturbation in tectonically active zones (southeast of Spain, Murcia and Andalusian communities) with other stable areas (Asturias and Cantabrian zones). Hence, the Cerro del Cuevon is one of the caves chosen due to the high depth (-1589m). This cave is located into the heart of the Picos de Europa Mountains and it is considered one of the most difficult caves around the world. The team for this proposal is composed by a great number of speleologists from all parts of Spain.

Furthermore, the Coordinator of the Cave Team, Carlos Flores, is a Sergeant of Firefighter in Toledo and the leader of the initiative 17peaks+17 caves (17Picos+17Simas).  This initiative claims for climb up the highest mountain peaks and to climb down the deepest caves of the 17 communities of Spain.

Therefore, the conjugation between science and sport challenge becomes real the dream of both cavers, to go down the deepest point of Spain, and to put there a scientific sensor.