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   Into the heart of the world - 25 years of exploration
The extraordinary adventure of the association La Venta: 25 years of expeditions to the most remote and inaccessible places on the planet. 25 years of explorations through the major projects carried out. From the first exploration with the descent of the Rio La Venta in Mexico, from whose association has taken the name, passing for the Tepui project in Venezuela, to the last, along the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the Philippines, which will end in the spring of 2017, these extraordinary journeys will be described through spectacular images, exciting travel diaries, precise texts and scientific insights.
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   A cave between land and sea
Palawan, Philippines. Over twenty years and many expeditions we are allowed to make dream explorations in an incredible place. The Puerto Princesa Underground River with its colossal tunnels into the mountain long over than 34 km kilometers, before flowing into the South China Sea. In the darkness of this cave live thousands of bats and swallows, which contribute to create an unique ecosystem in the world. Also thanks to our discoveries, this cave has been included among the new seven natural wonders of the planet. Finally all this work sees the light in a great book, published by Skira editore. This book has a narrative cut, lots of diaries, stories and beautiful images, the volume illustrates the history of the explorations, geological and biological researches on the cave and the karst area.
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The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. 

Marcel proust

2001 - 2002 - 2003: expeditions 4CIn order to explore these caves and to discover new ones it will be necessary to equip advanced base camps in canyons and mountains, overcoming difficulties due to water transfer (there isn’t any known spring). As regards extremely deep and complex caves it will be necessary to equip base camps inside the caves.
4CDuring cave explorations we will carry out instrumental mapping, observations and geological sampling, surveys on physical data such as temperature, air flows, relative humidity, etc. As regards the spring lakes, research will be based on the underwater topography of the most significant pools and on the exploration of conduits that will be discovered. The goal is to produce the minimum impact on submerged ecosystems. Moreover we will try to describe through topographic mapping the morphology of inflow and outflow conduits in relation to the lithology of the explored sites.
 Specific hydro-geological studies will be carried out on water bodies: precise height measurements of each lake on the mean sea level and comparison of relative heights; measurements and comparison of temperatures; various types of chemical and physical analyses; measurements and monitoring of flow rates and levels, calculations of the speed of flow of intake conduits and drainage galleries. In the end a subaqueous photographic documentation will be realised, as it does not yet exist.
Some figures of the project that give an idea of the work performed: more than 70 researchers involved, 65 new caves explored, 8 km of underground topography, almost 200 geo-topographic observation points, tens of underwater immersions, thousands of metres of rope used within pools in mines and caves, thousands of kilometres walked, amongst all participants, on giant mountains without paths. Not to mention the numerous canyons descended for the first time by man. Torna al progetto

All our explorations

  • Tepui: Explorations at the gates of time Amazonas, border with Brazil and Venezuela - Research on the plateaus of the Amazon basin, through ancient caves, vertiginous walls and impenetrable forests. Geographical
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  • Palawan, Philippines - The research in the large subterranean estuary of Palawan Island, among long dark lakes, plentiful biology and tropical forests. Geographical area: the island of Palawan, southern-western Philippines, a
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  • PATAGONIA: GLACIER HYPER-KARST AND EXTINCT POPULATIONSExplorations between crystallized vortices of the Hielo Continental and lost populations.South America is a strip of land that juts out into the vast Southern Ocean,
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  • SAMARKAND: GIANT REEFS IN A SEA OF SANDExplorations in the deepest caves of Asia, on giant peaks of the Pamir-Alaj Mountains, one of the scenes of the collapse of the
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  • ALPINE GLACIAL KARST: THE SHAPE OF WATER-HOLESExploration project of “water-holes”, cavities created by melting within large glaciers.Our association has worked on glaciers all over the world for over 20 years
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  • Temples and underground rivers of the distant Myanmar Geographical Area: Indocina peninsula - Myanmar - Shan State, Central-Eastern Myanmar, about 700 km north-east of Yangon. The peninsula of Indochina contains some of
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