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The Speleosphere Project

The goals of the project are to explore and survey caves, systematically document the findings, and promote the conservation of caves and their surrounding environments. Currently we are in the process of exploring and surveying caves in Guatemala, mostly in the departments of Alta Verapaz, Quiché, and Huehuetenango. Project cavers have mapped previously unexplored caves, and also caves that were already developed for tourism. We worked with landowners and communities to develop ways to preserve the caves, and protect the surrounding environments. The project has an on-line database of some of the caves and karst features that have been documented in the country, and is in the process of adding more information once the sources can be verified. The goal of the database is to consolidate all the cave data into one organized source of information.

Ongoing goals include exploring and surveying caves outside of Guatemala. Data has been collected for caves in southern Mexico, Belize, and Honduras. Eventually, the project will expand beyond Latin America. Target areas may include Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.

The main part of this website is dedicated to a database of Guatemalan caves and karst features.