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The Association La Venta is a research group that organizes and runs various geographical exploration projects with particular attention to the underground world. Such projects are carried out using a multi-disciplinary approach, developing new ideas and using new research and dissemination strategies.
To achieve this goal, La Venta uses human resources and techniques acquired over twenty years of research carried out in extraordinary environments such as rain forests, depths of glaciers, remote mountains and endless underground labyrinths.

 

 
Finished the International Glacier Caving Camp

igcc_07The camp ended October 27. And all the equipment returned yesterday.

46 people took part mainly of three European countries (Italy, France and England).

We now have a fairly comprehensive idea of the enormous cryo-karstic potential of the Gorner.
Were descended more than 20 caves in ice, all carefully surveied and photographed.

 
Goodbye Lucas

Il contaggioso sorriso di LucasA very bad news comes to us from Chiapas. Lucas Ruiz, a Mexican friend and associate, passed away two days ago.

Many already knew him. Not only those who participated at expeditions in the colonies in the area of the Rio La Venta or in the altos of Bochil. Even many cavers, in some moments of aggregation, have seen and heard Lucas to tell of the wonders of the rain forest and caves that hides. Or that were with him in cave here in Italy in the periods in which he lived in Magliano Sabina.

I want to use the words of Gianni Todini, more than a brother to Lucas, to say goodbye to him: "I lost a brother. I'm crying but at the same time I'm glad of the opportunity that life has given me to live for fifteen years the wonderful explorations with Lucas. Explorations that have led us deep into the meanders of the soul and that made me rediscover the power of life.".

And at this time our thoughts turn to Juana, his wife, and three children, Gianni, Vicente and Luciana. We'll soon be in Mexico and we will try to bring them a bit of cosolation and a help to live.

Goodbye Lucas. To explore El Ocote without you will never be the same.

 
Unearthing the secrets of evolution through cave exploration - Article by Cesco on the prestigious The Guardian

Francesco SauroItalian explorer Francesco Sauro describes the importance of underground investigation.

Every year hundreds of kilometres of caverns below the Earth’s surface are explored, with new discoveries in the underground world offering insights into the evolution of life.

The thirst for geographic exploration, which drove intrepid voyagers like Charles Darwin and Alexander von Humboldt in the 18th century, now appears meaningless in the world of Google Earth, as satellites have surveyed every single square-metre of our planet’s surface...

Read more on the web edition of The Guardian