Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Explorers discover spectacular caves in Vietnam

This is a pretty amazing discovery, if not for the stunning work of mother nature than for the fact that there's still so much we don't know about our own planet. The first thing I thought about when I saw the pictures for this place was that movie 'Journey to the Center of the Earth', makes me wonder what else this planet is hiding from us...

"For decades, geologists have known that Vietnam is home to some of the world's most spectacular caves, many of them largely unexplored. Now husband-and-wife cavers have documented perhaps the world's largest: Hang Son Doong, big enough in places to accommodate a New York City block of skyscrapers.

The cave in the Annamite Mountains contains a river and jungle (its name translates to "mountain river cave") and even its own thin clouds, and its end remains out of sight. It's part of a network of about 150 caves in central Vietnam near the Laotian border."

Check out the article here.

Here's a preview for the documentary about this cave.

And here's a 3D visual of the cave as a whole.

More photographs taken in Hang San Doong and other newly explored caves have been published in the January issue of National Geographic and on its website, where you can view larger images. The site also has an interactive graphic of the river cave's path.

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