0004: Mar, Cueva del (3088 (French: SCD))
Ogarrio 30T 455850 4792416 (Datum: ETRS89. Accuracy code: A) Altitude 118m
Length 98m Depth 5m
Area position

Updated 18th January 2004; 12th October 2016; 20th January, 5th February 2017; 7th, 11th April 2021

   The cave entrance, in the north bank of the Asón, is best approached by swimming across from south bank - at least that is what an explorer from the 1978 Matienzo expedition suggested. "Landing is on mud and a squeeze on the left enters a rift which leads to a second, higher entrance." There is a sketch from the first documented exploration in the 1978 logbook. The table in anon., 1993a has the cave at 60m long but the survey shows rather less passage.

    The cave entrances are to the southwest of the cemetery in Ogarrio. A 200m walk from the road following a wall at the edge of a grassy field leads to a slope down to the right towards the river and short path to the top entrance beneath trees.
   The walking-size rift has been pushed in a hole up on the right hand wall since its exploration in 1978. The surveys don't show the passage down to the river entrance but there are indications in the floor of a route down, currently choked with boulders.
   It is said that water from the river Asón sinking in or near the cave resurges at Fuente Isena, 5km away near Ramales. During extreme droughts these sinks have taken all the river, so that the local people blocked them, after which the Fuente Isena dried up. Rupert Skorupka, who has dived Fuente Isena a number of times, puts forward a different view:
    I can categorically state that there is no way the Fuente Isena water is from sinks in the Ason near Mar.... In summer, when the Ason is warm and a bit green, the water in Isena is cold and crystal clear, obviously water that has a cave origin. It is in such close proximity to the cave Cubío del José, which intersects a huge phreas, that it would be a safe bet to say that the water is from that system. (I think Pete mentioned local cavers had finally found a large system behind that hill in which C del J is situated.)
    The fact Isena dried up in extreme drought was probably because of that, ie. extreme drought, not because of blocking any sinks in the river further upstream.


   A more comprehensive and up-to-date description (in French) by Guy Simonnot is found here.

   The svx file was constructed from Guy's survey in April 2021 giving a length of 98m (including the route down to the river.)

References: Mugnier C, 1969; anon., 1978 (logbook) (sketch); Corrin J S and Smith P, 1981; anon., 1993a (survey); anon., 2017a (January, February logbook)
Entrance pictures : January 2017
Underground pictures: January 2017
Sketch survey: from anon., 1978 (logbook)
Detailed Survey : from anon., 1993a (AEC Lobetum): high res  low res
from Guy Simonnot (2016) - plan : section : 3d jpg
Line Survey :
On area survey :
Survex file : Reconstructed April 2021 : reconstruction notes

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