Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:22 PM
n2doc (43,050 posts)
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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A Peek Inside the World's Largest Cave (Original post)
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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #14)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:03 PM
Spitfire of ATJ (31,005 posts)
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.
Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Reply #22)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:55 PM
Spitfire of ATJ (31,005 posts)
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:
Response to xtraxritical (Reply #15)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:07 PM
NYC_SKP (68,644 posts)
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....
Response to n2doc (Original post)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:15 PM
aint_no_life_nowhere (21,925 posts)
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).