Madre de Dios Speleo 2008

Aims & Objectives

The expedition has three core aims: cave exploration, recovery of speleothems for climate change studies, and film-making. We regard the first two aims as essentially complementary. Specifically the expedition objectives are to:

♦ Locate, explore, and survey caves along the northern shores of Madre de Dios and neighbouring islands.

♦ Use this exploration primarily to prospect for suitable fossil caves and chambers containing speleothems and to extract a limited number of stalagmite cores targeted for their likely contribution to climate record analysis.

♦ Make a one hour adventure documentary that captures the remote wilderness, the excitement and challenges of exploration, and is scientifically informative.

Madre de Dios - Satellite imagery