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"Take a look inside the world's largest cave"

It's hard to believe that a cave so large - this huge cave in Vietnam - could have remained undiscovered for so long. This earth is a fascinating place.

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/jan/14/take-a...



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great place

For a party.

donvino

Ok good.

I'm was just checking to make sure this wasn't a Feinstein hit piece. ; )

Drew, by the very grace of GOD through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"there shall come after us men whom shall garner great wealth using our system, and having done so shall seek to slam the door of prosperity behind them." George Washington

Good thing I didn't read this early in the morning!

Nothing worse than coffee shooting out the nose.

Earth, you are one sexy bi*ch!

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"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Journey to the Center of the

Journey to the Center of the Earth???

That is awesome!

My favorite parts were the comments talking about how it went 'undiscovered' until 1991. One of the comments spoke the naked truth about 'discoveries', by saying that in the West nothing is 'discovered' until the Western media say so.

It kills me to read the stories of scientist 'discovering' tiny frogs, or whatever in the jungles, and the natives have known about them all their lives. You look around you and you see a false history being written at all times.

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Wow, nice place. Glad that it wasn't blown-up or napalmed.


http://www.sondoongcave.org/son-doong-cave-map.html
Width : > 200 meters
Height : 150 meters
(The largest chamber of the cave is judged to be 250 meters in height)
Length : approx 9 kilometers

Thanks for the map and link.

It really does give a better picture of how enormous this cave is.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

What an amazing film--- um, song--- um, place...

Thanks, mountaincat. That was great.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

mountaincat's picture

The music

is awesome isn't it.

mountaincat's picture

Mammoth Cave

Should have about 400 miles of mapped passage by now.

Ha, ha. I thought you were

making a comment that the Viet Nam cave was a "mammoth cave." For some reason your actual comment didn't register until I noticed the reply. I don't understand how they can be calling the Viet Nam cave even close to the longest, unless they are going by some further parameter. I don't get it. Btw, have any of your climbs been in caves?

Also, yeah, that song is great. I tried listening to it on its own, but having heard it first as the backdrop for the film, for me its inextricably linked to those climbers. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

mountaincat's picture

I climb

and do bolted leads to get up to new passages. We also ridgewalk, find, dig open and map new caves. So we get to name them.
Just me and bill have added 60 caves to this county in the last 10 years.

I've heard no one's explored

I've heard no one's explored all the tunnels in Mammoth Cave. I heard 300 miles of unexplored areas! I can't comprehend that...all underground!!!

This cave in Vietnam doesn't appear to be as long and convoluted; but very intriguing--no doubt!

mountaincat's picture

I think

They are talking about the length of the massive main passage.
Yes, Mammoth Cave has well over 360 miles of mapped passage and known leads that are yet to be explored. When mapping a new cave or "virgin passage" in a known cave, I feel like I'm walking on the moon (where no man has walked before).