Britons claim to find world’s largest cave

Members of a British expedition believe they have discovered the world’s largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.

Measuring more than 650 ft high and almost 500 ft wide, Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave) is believed to be almost twice the size of the current record holder.

The British team, which was assisted by representatives of the Hanoi University of Science, said that it believes that Hang Son Doong is larger than the Deer Cave in Sarawak, Malaysia, which at more than 100 yards high and 90 yards wide is currently recognised as the world’s largest cave passage.

The expedition involved five days exploring the cave in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in mid-April.

“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. “The complete survey is at present being drawn up but initial estimates show the main passage to be 200 metres (656 ft) high in places and possibly greater in some sections.

“Much of the passage width is over 100 metres (328 ft) but certain sections are over 150 metres wide (492 ft).”

The team has returned to the UK to analyse its findings.

Article here.


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One Response to “Britons claim to find world’s largest cave”

  1. thegrip Says:

    I hope they go there for the next Planet Earth.

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