A Quest for the
Secrets of Xibalba
Zdeněk Motyčka, Daniel Hutňan, and Radoslav Husák
This book, heavily illustrated with color photographs, describes the series of expeditions to Quintana Roo from 2003 through 2012 during which Czech cave divers explored and mapped the 75-kilometer-long underwater Sistema K'oox Baal. K'oox Baal is the fourth longest underwater cave in the world, and the longest one for which a real map, not just a line plot, as been drafted. The book includes a color 18-by-22-inch folded map plate showing the system and its forty-four cenote entrances. Embedded among the chapters listed below are thirteen illustrated essays on special topics such as equipment and techniques.
Table of Contents
8 Foreword by James Coke IV and Prologue 12 The Story Begins (January-February 2003) 28 We Have to Check It! (February and October-November 2004) 38 Zebra (February 2005) 48 Let's Get Out of Here! (February 2006) 56 Wild Thing (February and October-November 2006, February-March 2007) 68 Sloth (February-March 2008) 76 Mapping and Filming (January-February 2009) 84 It Goes On and On! (February and November 2010, February 2011) 98 Advances in the World-Record Tables (November-December 2012) 106 Epilogue (February-March 2012)