These 11 amazing caves were made for exploration
I just might take up spelunking...
1. Sarawak Chamber, Malaysia
Sarawak Chamber measures 700 m (2,300 feet) long, 400m (1,300 feet) wide and at least 70m (230 feet) high, and was estimated as three times the size of the Big Room in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, then thought to be the largest underground chamber. Its volume was checked by laser scanning in 2011. It is in Gua Nasib Bagus (Good Luck Cave), which is located in Gunung Mulu National Park, in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
2. Cave of Swallows, Aquismon, Mexico
It is the second deepest in Mexico and 11th in the world. It has a free fall of 333m from the floor of the cave to the lowest side of the opening,with a 370 m drop from the highest side.
3. Jeita Grotto Cave, Lebanon
The cave consists of two separate but interconnected limestone caves. Upper grotto and lower grotto. The upper grotto houses the world’s biggest stalactite (mineral deposit that hangs from the ceiling of a limestone cave). The lower grotto (20300 feet overall length) is traversed by underwater lake and river.
4. Cave of Crystals, Mexico
The Cave of Crystals is 300m (980 ft) below the surface in Naica , Chihuahua , Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found.
5. Skocjan Caves , Slovenia
These caves are a natural phenomenon ranked side by side with the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Rift, Mount Everest, the Galapagos Islands and others. Caves have formed in 300m thick layer of Cretaceous and Paleocene limestone. Explored length of these caves is 6,200m (20,341 ft).
6. Deer Cave , Borneo, Malaysia
The cave was surveyed for the first time in the year 1978, producing measurements of 174m wide and 122m high in one section that passed through the mountain for a distance of one kilometer.
7. Enchanted well , Brazil
It is part from the Chapada Diamantina National Park. Many cave systems were formed by the rivers that run through the region. Several of these rivers run red due to tannin in the water. Both gold and diamonds have been found there.
8. Marble Caves , Rio Tranquilo, Brazil
Las Cavernas de Marmol, as the Spanish call them were created by the clear waters of Rio Tranquilo that dug into a giant limestone peninsula, creating an impressive labyrinth of caves. The peninsula is known as the Marble Cathedral and can be reached by boat, during a guided tour.
9. The Kverkfjoll Ice Cave, Iceland
Formed by the hot water from a volcanic spring below Vatnajokull glacier.
10. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
This cave is formed from hexagonally jointed basalt columns with in a Paleocene lava flow. It is known for it’s naturally arched roof, which produces eerie sound made by the echoes of the waves to give an atmosphere of a cathedral.
11. Krubera Cave, Abkhazia, Georgia
The Krubera Cave is the deepest cave in the world. At 2200m deep, it can stack the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, twice and still have room for the Empire State Building.