Sơn Đoòng Cave, The World’s Largest Cave With a Lost Forest Inside

Son Doong cave(Vietnamese: Hang Son Doong) is world’s largest cave, located in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. It is found by a local man named Ho Khanh in 1991 and was recently discovered in 2009 by British cavers, led by Howard Limbert. The name “Son Doong” cave means “mountain river cave”, It was created 2-5 million years ago by river water eroding away the limestone underneath the mountain Where the limestone was weak, the ceiling collapsed creating huge skylights…

“The biggest surprise to be found here was a massive forest growing undisturbed deep in the heart of the cavern among the stalagmites and stalactites, a feature not normally associated with the subterranean recesses of caves. Sections of the cavern’s ceiling had eroded away over millennia and collapsed, becoming gigantic windows that allowed columns of sunlight to penetrate into the darkness, illuminating a huge section of the cave and allowing ancient trees up to 30 m high (100 feet) to thrive here. This lush vegetation that blanketed the cave floor thrummed with life, hosting a plethora of wildlife from the outside world, including insects, rare birds such as the chestnut-necklaced partridge and the short-tailed scimitar babbler, snakes, lizards, monkeys, bats, flying foxes, and numerous species of butterfly, as well as an unknown number of as yet undiscovered new species.” Brent Swancer

A big opening gate of cave

A gate of cave with many plant

Abundant plant

Cave explorers is climbing down cave

A Panoramic View of Son Doong cave

via [MysteriousUniverse] [SonDoongCave]
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2 Responses to Sơn Đoòng Cave, The World’s Largest Cave With a Lost Forest Inside

  1. TrungDung says:

    Proud of Vietnam!

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