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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:03 AM
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World's Largest Cave
British explorers discover the light at the end of the tunnel... in the world's largest cave
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 6:09 PM on 01st May 2009


A British caving team believe they have discovered the world's largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.
The rocky passage is 150metres long and measures a towering 200metres in height - seven times as high as the vaulted ceiling of York Cathedral.



Called Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave) it is believed to be almost twice the size of the current record holder.
'It is a truly amazing sized cave and one of the most significant discoveries by a British caving team,' said Adam Spillane, a member of the 13-man expedition team.
Using a laser measuring device known as the LaserRace 300, which measures height and width, the team are now back in the UK analysing their readings.





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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:06 AM
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1. Awesome
n/t
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rock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:16 AM
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2. Wow!
Just wow!
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gblady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:16 AM
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3. wow, impressive pictures....
such great beauty and wonder, this planet Earth.
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Ripley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:49 AM
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4. Third pic down
Stalagmites look like a giant hand making a peace sign.

Interesting find and great pics, thanks.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 01:05 AM
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36. That was my first thought too!:-)
:hippie:
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:12 AM
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5. That is awesome!
:wow: And, beautiful!
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:04 AM
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6.  BEAUTIFUL!
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:32 AM
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7. forgot the link...
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 12:32 PM
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8. Over 6km long with a LAKE inside, depth of lake is over 600 feet
.
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Humans or some other mammal musta lived in there at some time or other

Imagine, a "house" 5 miles long with an indoor swimming pool(lake)!!

wow

another link with info

http://english.vietnamnet.vn/reports/2009/04/843724 /

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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:32 PM
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12. I think we are closing in on the secret lair of Cheney. nt
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:48 AM
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45. ... he'd be the pale bald one squealing over losing the 'Precioussss' ....
:rofl:
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liquid diamond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:23 PM
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27. That's amazing
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:30 PM
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9. HOLEY MOLEY!!!!
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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:14 PM
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10. So impressive it looks like a Hollywood fake cave.
Just big enough for King Kong.
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:22 PM
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11. Thanks for posting.
What an amazing place that must be. The photos are awesome, but I bet they don't do it justice.

Otherworldly.
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feslen Donating Member (138 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:07 PM
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13. re: totally cool
....what else is there to say?....
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:14 PM
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14. OMG, it's Brandon Frasier in Journey to the Center of the Earth
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wroberts189 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:17 PM
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15. Wow ...what an exciting job to have. Must be quite an adventure. nt
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pitchforksandtorches Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:26 PM
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16. Nice new home for the Republicans and their new image!
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Blue Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:45 PM
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17. Awsome photos.
Thanks for posting.
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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 08:52 PM
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18. watch out for the balrog
fly you foolz
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Baby Snooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:37 PM
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19. Amazing...
We assume we have discovered everything when in fact we haven't - so any mysteries and marvels still waiting to be discovered.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:41 PM
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20. What is this thing the british have for caves?
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:51 PM
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21. When is the last time the Science Forum was on the front page?
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rtassi Donating Member (486 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:51 PM
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22. Thank you so much for posting these ... n/t
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spindrifter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:14 PM
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23. What a phenomenal place!
I wonder how they found it. I also wonder what life is in the cave.
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happygoluckytoyou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 10:16 PM
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24. We have found THE UNDISCLOSED LOCATION ! ! !
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:00 PM
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25. Every spelunker's dream
Finding an enormous new cave that has never been seen before. Looks like these guys hit the jackpot.
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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:19 PM
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26. "Charlie didn't get much USO. He was dug in too deep or moving too fast. His idea of great R&R
was cold rice and a little rat meat. He had only two ways home: death, or victory." Got to live it when I can quote Apocalypse Now.
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:37 PM
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28. Totally beautiful!
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myrna minx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:43 PM
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29. Absolutely beautiful.
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Vickers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 11:58 PM
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30. You just know there are giant spiders living in there.
A whole colony of 'em.

:P
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Rebel Scum Donating Member (76 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:48 AM
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40. They found Shelob's Lair!
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:07 AM
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31. From the subject line, I guessed this was about Ben Nelson giving into Insurance Companies
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:12 AM
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32. Epic.
Like traveling inside a colossus.
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OwnedByFerrets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:16 AM
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33. Hell, I thought this was a story about the place where
repug souls used to abide.
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Vektor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:40 AM
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34. Here I was expecting nude pics of Sarah Palin. This is WAY cooler.
All joking aside, this is awesome! What stunning, amazing pictures.
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Lena inRI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:53 AM
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35. Two curiosity questions. . .
1--Was this cave part of the underground network devised by Vietcong to supply their forces successfully during the Vietnam conflict, which would then contain much valuable historical evidence?

2--Does the enormous size change the geological phenomenon that caves have a constant temperature of 54 degrees Fahrenheit?

Just curious. . .

:think: :think: :think: :think: :think:
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 01:39 AM
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37. I'm sure the Vietnamese people know about the existance of this cave, will the
British be naming the cave after themselves or other such nonsense? Nice pics.
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Chiquitita Donating Member (113 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:03 AM
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46. What do the Vietnamese say about the story?
Anyone know?
I'd love to hear a Vietnamese perspective on this. How could the British possibly "discover" this?
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 09:25 AM
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49. Yeah, kinda like Columbus 'discovering' America.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 04:03 AM
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38. I hope I get to visit this in time
Before it has scheduled guided tours, signs in 20 different languages, cigarette butts, beer cans,
and discarded plastic wrappers of cheeze-its strewn all over the place.
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Undercurrent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 05:22 AM
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39. K&R
Stunning! I LOVE this amazing planet!
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Joey Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 06:49 AM
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41. Reminds me of an old girl friend *wink*................
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moggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:11 AM
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42. It wasn't "discovered" by "British explorers"
It was first entered in 1991 by a Vietnamese man, Ho Khanh. Seems it would be more accurate to say that this new joint British-Vietnamese team are the first to extensively document it. It's no surprise if the xenophobic Daily Mail chooses to downplay the Vietnamese involvement.
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islandmkl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:24 AM
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43. amazing pics and story...
Edited on Sun May-03-09 07:25 AM by islandmkl
again, i am amused by Western 'explorers' being defined as 'discoverers'...

as opposed to 'those who find things that THEY did not know existed PREVIOUSLY'...'discovery' based on lack of knowledge...

ahh, the old British Explorers, daring and adventurous as they were...where would we be without them?

on edit: i DO appreciate the revelations of these findings, and i DO appreciate the effort involved...


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blackbart99 Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 07:30 AM
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44. A long walk of 6km.???
How does this stay a secret for so long? Its not that far out in the wilderness. The locals are
probably going to kick this guys ass for telling the world about this place. paradise lost once again.
But I'm with lib-in-LA....watch these brits try to take all the credit and name it for themselves.

I would like to camp out near the entrance...but for those GIANT SPIDERS...ayyyyyyyyy!! :scared:
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:22 AM
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47. Way too impressive for words nt
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Tab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 08:37 AM
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48. That's a beautiful cave.

I wonder if there are any previously unrecorded species in there?
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-03-09 12:14 PM
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50. I did not give you permission to post pictures of my belly button. nt
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