Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam - The largest cave in the World

By Laron, editor transients.info - Back in 1991 Hồ-Khanh, a local from the area found the cave which has been confirmed as the largest cave in the world. He decided not to enter the cave back then because the entrance had such a steep drop.

Son Doong contains a river and a waterfall

In 2009 Scientists Howard and Deb Limbert from the British Cave Research Association conducted a survey of the Son Doong Cave. Its been reported that they reached a large calcite wall within the cave and were stopped in their tracks.

After this survey, the cave then become more public.

The largest chamber within the Son Doong Cave is five kilometers long, two hundred meters high and a hundred and fifty meters wide.

'Hand of Dog'  - A stalagmite resembling a dog's paw

In 2010, an exit was finally found within the cave after a group scaled the 200 meter wall. At the top of this wall they found cave pearls which were the size of baseballs, an unusually large size for cave pearls.

Son Doong's Cave Pearls

In August 2013 the cave was opened up for tourists to enter.



To get in, they had to rappel 80 meters. Guess how much the tour cost was? Three thousand US dollars each. But they did happen to spend seven days on this expensive tour.


Oxalis Adventure tours are currently running trial tours and are accepting signups from their website. http://www.oxalis.com.vn/

Location of the Son Doong Cave - Quảng Bình Province, Vietnam

Its been said that Monkeys and flying foxes live in what explorers named the 'Garden of Edam' , which is the entrance to the cave.


You can take a virtual tour via this YouTube video here.




Sources
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/

1 comment:

Wherami said...

Magical :) there is still so much to explore