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Deepest Blue Hole

Published: 11th May, 2024

Context

A recent study discovered the deepest blue hole in the world-the Taam Ja' Blue Hole, located in Mexico's Chetumal Bay.

About Taam Ja' Blue Hole

  • Mexico's Taam Ja' Blue Hole is the deepest known underwater sinkhole in the world.
  • Depth: 1,380 feet (420 meters) below the surface.
  • It outshines the previous record holder, the Sansha Yongle Blue Hole (Dragon Hole) in the South China Sea, by 480 feet.

Fact Box: Blue Hole  (Karst Formations)

  • Blue holes are also known as sinkholes.
  • They are vertical caverns filled with water that are found in coastal areas where the bedrock is composed of soluble materials like gypsum, limestone, or marble.
  • Examples: Great Blue Hole in Belize, the Bahamas' Dean's Blue Hole, and Egypt's Dahab Blue Hole.

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