TUBOLAN RESEARCH PROJECT
Lanzarote is known for its many volcanic caves. In addition to the La Corona system, one of the largest in the world with over 6km of tunnels, there are many other caves that were formed as a result of several volcanic eruptions that occurred on the island during its geological history.
For several years, these caves have been studied and carefully analyzed by space agencies around the world as they are considered similar to the cavities that one day we will be able to illuminate on other planets or satellites such as Mars and the Moon. Although conditions are different from those of our planet, the Martian and lunar cave systems could theoretically also support the development of chemolytoautotrophic microorganisms that survive and grow using and transforming minerals.
TUBOLAN PROJECT, LANZAROTE
Directed by Ana Miller, geomicrobiologist at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville (Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Seville – CSIC), the TUBOLAN project was organized precisely to study the microbial organisms that live in the lava tube systems of Lanzarote and in particular by carrying out studies in different caves according to their “age”.
As part of this project, we supported the activities through 3D survey and documentation with 360 ° cameras, contributing to the study of cave formation and discovering the geography of the caves more than ever. Equipped with our BLK360 imaging scanner, we performed the 3D survey of some of the most interesting sections of the lava tubes explored.