The world’s largest cave, Hang Son Doong, is featured on the new Google Doodle. It was a secret for years until a local farmer stumbled upon its soaring limestone walls
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Google celebrates the discovery of Hang Son Doong Cave in its new Google Doodle.
The once forgotten cave
was rediscovered in 2009 and contains amazing natural wonders and even a community of monkeys entrapped within its stunning, rugged limestone walls.
On appropriate days, Google often marks an incredible discovery, the achievements of great people, or the natural wonders of the world with a special Google Doodle.
The Vietnamese natural wonder is believed to be between two and five million years old and its name means “mountain river” in the local language.
What is the cave and how was it discovered?
What is the Google Doodle?
The new Google Doodle shows the Hang Son Doong Cave found deep in the jungle in a remote area of Vietnam
Google said, “Today’s Doodle celebrates this colossal cavern that was officially discovered on this day in 2009.”
According to Google, the cave was “officially discovered” that day because it is believed to have actually been discovered by local farmer Ho Khanh in 1990.
A description of his first discovery on Oxalis Adventure reads: “Local Ho Khanh discovered Son Doong in 1990 while foraging for food and timber in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to earn a modest income.
“During his search, he stumbled upon an opening in a limestone cliff, noticed clouds pushing out of the entrance, and heard the murmur of a river somewhere inside. He returned home and forgot about the cave.”
He is said to have retraced his tracks in 2008 and found the cave again before Howard and Deb Limbert of the British Cave Research Association documented the wonder of the world a year later.
The cave contains incredible wonders, but trips to it are limited and can only be visited as part of four-day expeditions with a specialized tour company.
What is Hang Son Doong Cave?
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Hang Son Doong Cave in Vietnam is said to be the largest cave in the world.
This assumes a length of around 9 kilometers and has a volume of 38.5 million cubic meters. It was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest cave in the world in 2013.
A geological wonder, the cave is said to be home to the world’s only subterranean monkeys and fruit bats.
Its tremendous depths are reported to have a rainforest with its own weather ecosystem, with huge sinkholes allowing sun and rai to cascade down into the cave.
Other discoveries in the deep depths of the wary cave include the world’s largest limestone beads and the world’s tallest stalagmite, at approximately 70 meters high.
The enormous height of the stalagmite cannot be compared to the total height of the cave, which extends to 200 metres, or about as tall as the HSBC tower in Canary Wharf, London.
Inside the cave, the main cave is “big enough to house an entire New York City block”.
Located in Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, plans to build a cable car for mass tourism were rumored to take shape but were later scrapped by Vietnamese authorities.
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