Exploratory activities in the karst caves located in the Cornicolani mountains sector
Between 2017 and 2018 the Spelogical Group of the Italian Alpine Club (Section of Rome) conducted exploratory activities in the karst caves located in the Cornicolani mountains sector, in order to furnish more information regarding the structure and relationships between some karst forms, known in literature as the Elephant Cave and the "Pozzo del Merro" Sinkhole, respectively located in the municipalities of Guidonia Montecelio and Sant'Angelo Romano (province of Rome). The activities made it possible to progress in the exploration of the Elephant Cave much further than the previous explorations. The video shows a very peculiar structure of the explored underground environment; the exploration stops on the water table of the local aquifer, revealing an impressive abyss, where the powerful light of the speleologists is dispersed, leaving one to imagine impressive depths. In this context, due to previous studies carried out on the groundwater of this area, Francesco La Vigna, from the Groundwater Section of the Department for the Geological Survey of Italy, was interviewed in order to give a hydrogeological reading to the explorations' images and to explain some aspects of the groundwater circulation of the sector.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/IDzydSewbI4