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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:22 PM

A Peek Inside the World's Largest Cave

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by Katie Hosmer on January 16, 2013


Located in the Quang Binh province in Vietnam, the Son Doong Cave is the world's largest cave. The biggest section of the cave is more than 650 feet wide, almost 500 feet high, and approximately 5.5 miles long. According to the website, parts of the space are so massive that there are caverns big enough to fit an entire city street inside them.

Set along the Laos border, this largest single passage is part of a network of 150 other caves. It is located in a very remote jungle area within Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park and was rediscovered in 2009 by a group of British cavers.

"Son Doong" means "mountain river," and is aptly called such because the formation was created millions of years ago when river water eroded the limestone underneath the mountain. There is still much to discover, but so far, inside, explorers have found a fast-flowing river, giant stalagmites standing more than 230 feet high, and a tiny jungle, nicknamed "Garden of Edam."



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n2doc Jan 2013 OP
shraby Jan 2013 #1
derby378 Jan 2013 #2
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #3
FSogol Jan 2013 #4
FourScore Jan 2013 #5
DemoTex Jan 2013 #6
annabanana Jan 2013 #7
MynameisBlarney Jan 2013 #18
valerief Jan 2013 #8
WillyT Jan 2013 #9
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #10
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #14
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #19
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #22
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #24
snooper2 Jan 2013 #11
Zorra Jan 2013 #12
Scurrilous Jan 2013 #13
xtraxritical Jan 2013 #15
RC Jan 2013 #16
Kali Jan 2013 #17
NYC_SKP Jan 2013 #21
closeupready Jan 2013 #20
aint_no_life_nowhere Jan 2013 #23

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:05 PM

1. Awesome! Thanks for post.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:05 PM

2. Thanks for sharing! (n/t)

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:06 PM

3. Very cool.

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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:13 PM

4. Thanks for posting. n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:15 PM

5. I'm scared of caves. n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:32 PM

6. I flew many missions over that area ..

Never saw a thing!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:34 PM

7. This list of things I didn't know that I

don't know is vast indeed!

I LOVE finding out stuff I hadn't gotten around to imagining yet!

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Response to annabanana (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:02 PM

18. That is a good feeling

innit?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:52 PM

8. Very, very cool, but somehow I was expecting a view into Dubya's ear.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:56 PM

9. K & R !!!


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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:56 PM

10. giant stalagmites standing more than 230 feet high....

Think about that.

That's easily the height of a 20 story building.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #10)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:14 PM

14. Amazing when you put it that way.

 

Would love to see that in person.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #14)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:03 PM

19. If you think that's something...

The Velebita Pit in Croatia is located in a cave and has a single vertical drop of over 1,900 feet.

The Empire State Building is 1,250 feet.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #19)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:10 PM

22. Unreal.

 

I took some cave tours in Oregon and they were beautiful. But nowhere near this scale of course.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #22)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:55 PM

24. I went to Carlsbad when I was a kid....

They do a full show now.

Then there's this when it comes to insanity:

http://www.kuriositas.com/2011/12/would-you-stand-on-kjeragbolten.html

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:57 PM

11. Largest KNOWN Cave...

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:04 PM

12. Wow, cool, thanks! Mama Earth is a totally amazing and wonderful home!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:08 PM

13. Thanks!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:19 PM

15. I seriously doubt "it was discovered in 2009 by British cavers".

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:24 PM

16. Yeah, but they are white and westerners.

 

Doesn't even matter is people were living in the cave at the time.

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:47 PM

17. it does say REdiscovered

bit I get what you mean, all too often the perspective is Euro/Western-centric

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #15)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:07 PM

21. It was found by a local man in 1991. British like to think they invented everything.

From the wikipedia entry:

...Sơn Đọng Cave was found by a local man named Hồ-Khanh in 1991. The local jungle men were afraid of the cave for the whistling sound it makes from the underground river. It was not until 2009 that it became public after a group of British scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng from April 10 through April 14, 2009....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Doong_Cave

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:06 PM

20. Thank God there is still virgin territory to despoil.



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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:15 PM

23. Thanks for posting - I would love to visit that cave

I'm 63 years old but I think I could still handle it. I've been caving since I was 12 and hold Lifetime membership in the National Speleogical Society and am a Cave Research Foundation joint venturer.

I believe the single largest underground room, known as the Sarawak Chamber, is located in Gua Nasib Bagus (Good Luck Cave) in Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia. The single room is 2,300 feet long, 1,300 feet wide and at least 230 feet high (look at how tiny the human figures are in the far reaches of the photograph).

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