I think there's a problem with the deep water-filled caves: they prevent downward progress. In the early game, there's no access to enchantments like deep strider and respiration. So, when one comes to a water-filled cave that's hundreds of blocks across, it basically prevents further exploration downward.
But, diamonds, which are required for the enchantment of items, aren't available until one gets past the underground lake. So, that's the end of that.
At least if it was one of the old lava lakes, even if it were very large, you could still go around or over it. But, hundreds of blocks simply isn't practical to bypass.
Please make the underground lakes smaller (MUCH smaller).
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