Mt Hypipamee crater measured and explored by divers who bust its myths

Posted: 08/25/2011 in all marine news

Tony Stickley –

Divers exploring the Mt Hypipamee crater near Herberton have debunked two “facts” about The Crater – it is not as deep as previously thought and there is no evidence of a tunnel linking it to the nearby Barron River.

Mt Hypipamee was formed when a gas explosion blasted half a million tonnes of basalt into the air leaving a crater 60m wide with sheer walls going down 60m to the water.

A 1959 survey claimed the water was 81m deep.

Signs and a map at the site also show an underwater tunnel heading down and towards the Barron River.

However, a group of nine divers from around Australia and from all walks of life, who spent this week exploring the crater to carry out scientific tests for the Museum of Australia, have proved both those claims to be false.

They included brothers Joel and Samuel Vermey, both electricians from Cairns.

Richard Harris, a 46-year-old anaesthetist and diving medicine specialist from Adelaide, said the maximum depth they had found was 75m.

As for the tunnel, he said visibility was only 2.5m so they could not be 100 per cent sure but: “After a careful search at the bottom we could find no evidence of a tunnel going anywhere.”

“Certainly there does not appear to be any major side passageways.”

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