Brits Discover Largest Cave in the World: Deep in Vietnamese Jungle

April 30, 2009

(ChattahBox)– A group of fearless British explorers literally trekked deep into the heart of darkness in the Vietnamese jungle, where they claim to have discovered the world’s largest cave. Fellow explorers from the Hanoi University of Science, acted as guides and led them to the Hang Son Doong or Mountain River Cave, which had never been explored by man, because of the difficulty reaching it.

The explorers estimate the cave size as 656 feet high at the main passage, with the width reaching 492 feet

The Deer Cave in Malaysia, was thought to be the largest cave in the world until now, measuring 100 yards high and 90 yards wide at the passage.

Hang Son Doong is located deep in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The caving group had to climb down a large chamber and traverse two underground rivers, before reaching the main passage of the Hang Son Doong.

The entrance to the hidden cave was first discovered by a local guide, named Ho Khanh in 1991, but he never entered it, because it was so small and made frightening sounds from the wind rushing through the cave.

Adam Spillane, a member of the 13-strong British caving expedition, surveying the cave’s dimensions and was amazed at its size.

The expedition team is now home in England, pouring over its findings, before their next journey into the heart of the jungle.



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