Cenote Angelita’s Underwater River

24 Mar

An underwater river? How does that work? It seems impossible, but somewhere in Mexico, there is an underwater cave that has exactly that; an underwater river. The place I am describing is known as Cenote Angelita, and photographer/scuba diver Anatoly Beloshchin has managed to capture some amazing photographs of this river.

Firstly, let’s have a look at the logistics of a ‘cenote’. Cenotes, common to Mexico, are basically deep holes in the ground that result from the collapse of bedrock, and the groundwater is exposed from its normally subterranean hiding spot. These cenotes attract daring cave divers from all over the world, especially in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.

Cenote Angelita is a special kind of cave, because of the especially beautiful scenery that awaits scuba divers. Here are some of Anatoly Beloshchin’s photographs of the cave:







As you can see from the pictures, it appears that although the divers are already underwater, there is a river at the base of the cave. This river even seems to come complete with trees; branches and leaves are visible around it. So, how is this possible?

Well, the ‘river’ isn’t actually a river. It’s a large layer of hydrogen sulphide, and just has the appearance of a real river. Either way, it makes for some incredible scenery, and is definitely a spot worth looking at if you are a trained scuba diver. I am not a trained scuba diver myself, but images like this definitely make me want to go and learn how to do it!

Special thanks to reader Callum for sending us the idea for this article!

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