Egma Sinkhole

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EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole
EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Düdeni
Map showing the location of EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole
Map showing the location of EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole
Location of EGMA (Peynirlikönü) Sinkhole in Turkey
LocationSugözü, Anamur, Mersin, Turkey
Coordinates36°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
Depth1,429 m (4,688 ft)
Length3,118 m (10,230 ft)
Discovery1993; 29 years ago (1993)
HazardsCave floods in springtime
Cave survey38°55′58″N 30°13′33″E / 38.93278°N 30.22583°E / 38.93278; 30.22583

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 is an acronym that stands for Evren Günay - Mehmet Ali Özel.

The cave was discovered and first explored in 1993 by the Boğaziçi University Speleological Society (BÜMAK).[3] A flash flood caused explorer 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.[4]

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  1. ^ "Türkiye'nin en derin keşfi: EGMA Düdeni". NTV-MSNBC (in Turkish). 2004-10-01. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2006-10-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Peynirlikönü Düdeni". The Archaeological Settlements of Turkey - TAY Project. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  4. ^ "Bulgarian Federation of Speleology"". 2007-01-23. Archived from the original on 2007-01-23. Retrieved 2020-01-25.

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