World's Largest Cave, Son Doong, Prepping For First Public Tours

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  1. Magnificent Mr. Hole

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    http://www.sondoongcave.org/

    The Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is the biggest cave in the world. It's over 5.5 miles long, has a jungle and river, and could fit a 40-story skyscraper within its walls.

    But nobody knew any of that until four years ago.

    A local man discovered the cave entrance in 1991, but British cavers were the first to explore it in 2009. Now, tour company Oxalis is running trial tours of the cave and accepting sign-ups for real six-day tours to take place next year.

    The man who discovered Son Doong didn't go in because the entrance he found had too steep a drop. On next year's tours, visitors will rappel 80 meters to enter Son Doong.

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    On their first night inside the cave, visitors will camp near Hand of Dog, a humongous stalagmite that looks like a dog's paw.

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    The roof of the cave collapsed centuries ago, allowing a lush jungle to take root. Monkeys and flying foxes live in what explorers named the Garden of Edam.

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    Fields of algae from ancient pools blanket parts of the cave's interior.

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    Son Doong is a jackpot of rare cave pearls. The pearls form over hundreds of years as water drips down, dries up and leaves layers of calcite crystals on grains of sand.
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    Scientists have discovered never-before-seen plant species around Son Doong's waterfalls. Oh, and there's a whole river in there, too.

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  2. Daveindiego

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    They got lucky it's so well lit.
     
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    Awesome. Now I have something to do next time I swing by Vietnam.
     
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    Where's the gift shop?
     
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    That's incredible. Yeah, lets let tourists go in there and trample on all that.
     
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    Charlie is hiding in there. :killit:
     
  7. Stevie

    Stevie Now go...Ohm.

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    I thought thizz wazz going tah be a thread about Lawsy's vagina...
     
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    That's where the Zombie virus is growing....
     
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    I don't think I would want to go on that tour... scary cave
     
  10. Magnificent Mr. Hole

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    I think it costs 3000 for the tour so maybe they will be respectful. :dontknow:
     
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    It will double the Vietnam GNP in one week.
     
  12. Magnificent Mr. Hole

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    I think the Ebola virus actually came from something found in a cave deep below the ground, I could look it up but I am certain it is true and thus I won't.
     
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    Bat Cave > Gook Cave
     
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    Awesome but how do they know its the hugest cave (very well lit, too) in the world?
     
  16. Magnificent Mr. Hole

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    You might find the Mole people.
     
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    wow. that's a beauty.

    i got to go into kartchner caverns in AZ before they opened to the public.

    i want to go wandering around at carlsbad caverns one of these days.

    i used to go deep into old mines looking for vanadinite.
     
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    Awesome. I would go
     
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    pretty wild, love to check that out
     
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    I thought this said largest lava cake. And now I am disappointed.