Egma Sinkhole

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EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole
EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Düdeni
Egma map.jpg
Map of EGMA Sinkhole.
Map showing the location of EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole
Map showing the location of EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole
Location of EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole in Turkey
Location Sugözü, Anamur, Mersin, Turkey
Coordinates 36°18′54″N 32°46′44″E / 36.31500°N 32.77889°E / 36.31500; 32.77889Coordinates: 36°18′54″N 32°46′44″E / 36.31500°N 32.77889°E / 36.31500; 32.77889
Depth 1,429 m (4,688 ft)
Length 3,118 m (10,230 ft)
Discovery 1993; 25 years ago (1993)
Hazards Cave floods in springtime
Cave survey 38°55'58"N 30°13'33"E

EGMA Sinkhole (Turkish: EGMA Düdeni), a.k.a. Peynirlikönü Sinkhole, is a sinkhole and the deepest cave in Turkey.[1][2] It is located at Sugözü village of Anamur, Mersin. The sinkhole is 1,429 m (4,688 ft) deep and 3,118 m (10,230 ft) long.[3] EGMA stands for Evren Günay - Mehmet Ali Özel Sinkhole.

Beginning in 1993, the cave was being explored by BÜMAK (Boğaziçi University Speleological Society).[3] A flash flood caused Mehmet Ali Özel to lose his life inside the cave in 2001. In 2004, with the help of members of the Bulgarian Speleological Federation, the BÜMAK team recovered Mehmet Ali's body and also reached the deepest point of the cave.

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  1. ^ "Türkiye'nin en derin keşfi: EGMA Düdeni". NTV-MSNBC (in Turkish). 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "Peynirlikönü Düdeni". The Archaeological Settlements of Turkey - TAY Project. Retrieved 2014-09-12.

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