Journal of Cave and Karst Studies - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 58 Number 2: 69-75 - August 1996

A publication of the National Speleological Society

An Introduction to Cave Exploration in Belize
Nick Williams


Systematic speleological exploration has been taking place in Belize since about 1960. Such exploration tends to be characterized by long term involvement by a small number of individuals, principally from the USA, but with significant contributions from other countries, especially the UK. An estimated total of 250 km of passage have now been mapped, ranging from low dry grovels to large, active river passage, and two of the largest underground chambers in the world. The author assigns caves to eight geographical areas and describes the history of recent exploration in each. Future exploration problems and priorities are also discussed.

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