A British Caving Association (BCA) expedition team has discovered five new caves untouched by humans in Quang Binh Province, central Vietnam.
The government of Lam Hoa Commune in the province’s Tuyen Hoa District told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday that the BCA expedition team had discovered these five uncharted caves while exploring a limestone mountain region in the commune.
With a total length of 3.34 kilometers, the five, namely Hung Tru 1, Hung Tru 2, Hung Tru 3, Hung Ka Vong 1, and Hung Ka Vong 2, are wet caves.
|The five newly-discovered caves in Quang Binh Province, central Vietnam are wet caves. Photo: British Caving Association|
Some of them have dry branches.
Among them, Hung Tru 1 is the longest cave, measuring over 1.9 kilometers while Hung Tru 2 is the deepest cave at 25.8 meters.
The BCA experts also discovered another cave with a relatively long underground stream but could not survey it thoroughly due to an insufficient number of supporting equipment and the harsh terrain.
|A British Caving Association expedition team discovered five uncharted caves while exploring a limestone mountain region in Lam Hoa Commune, Tuyen Hoa District, Quang Binh Province, central Vietnam. Photo: British Caving Association|
The BCA team will come back later and use boats to move deeper into this cave, said a local official.
Quang Binh Province is dubbed the “kingdom of caves” as it is home to more than 400 caves of various sizes, with Son Doong being considered the world’s largest cave and Hang En the world’s third largest.
The BCA over the past years has carried out surveys in limestone mountain areas in the province and found many new caves.
|The British Caving Association team will come back later and use boats to move deeper into another cave with a relatively long underground stream. Photo: British Caving Association|
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