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Judi Lynn

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Mon Oct 22, 2018, 07:31 PM Oct 2018

Explorers Found Something Astonishing Hiding At The Bottom Of A Sinkhole In China

Deep in the misty valleys of China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a gaping sinkhole leads the way to a vast "world-class" cave hall.

The giant cave hall was explored for just the second time by a China-UK joint expedition earlier this month. As reported by BBC News, the team lowered themselves into the newly discovered cave hall using a single 200-meter (656-foot) rope and began to explore the 6.7-million-cubic-meter (236-million-cubic-foot) cavern.

Footage from Chinese television (below) shows the surprisingly beautiful interior of the cave, complete with clear blue waters, collapsed rock, and other geological features.

"This giant cave hall was actually discovered by the Hong Kong expedition last year, so it was named Hong Kong Haiting Hall. This time we determined its volume and world-class status through three-dimensional scanning," Zhang Yuanhai, a researcher at the Institute of Karst Geology of the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, told the Chinese media outlet Science and Technology Daily.


More info. on the newly discovered Chinese cave:

Watch: UK-China expedition discovers world-class cave hall

An incredible cave hall which could fit two Great Pyramids inside has been found at the bottom of a vast sinkhole in Guangxi in China.

The cave hall, discovered earlier this month, is estimated to be 236 million cubic feet (6.7 million cubic metres) in volume and has been described as a ‘world-class’ find by experts.

A team of Chinese and British explorers lowered themselves into the 650ft (200m) long Nongle sinkhole using just one rope.

Sinkholes are a global problem. Sometimes sinkholes are a purely natural phenomenon, but they may also be associated with previous industrial activities, most commonly mining.

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Explorers Found Something Astonishing Hiding At The Bottom Of A Sinkhole In China (Original Post) Judi Lynn Oct 2018 OP
I was kinda hoping for a monster. Reader Rabbit Oct 2018 #1
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