Exploring the Underground Rainforest

Posted on June 25, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Let’s go on an adventure to a lush rainforest tucked within the world’s largest cave.

While this may sound like something out of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earthwe are, in fact, going to a real place!

Image: Hang Son Doong Cave entrance to cave Rainforest with a person standing above a water pool
Source: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

For this Saturdays Around the World expedition, we head to central Vietnam to Hang Son Doong cave

Son Doong is the world’s largest cave. Some of its most massive caverns are 500 feet (150 meters) wide and 650 feet (200 meters) tall. These enormous chambers stretch, along for roughly 6 miles (9 km) along the cave system’s length.

Perhaps most remarkably, for all its enormity, the cave was only discovered in 2009.

While these facts are impressive, they do not do the majesty, grandeur, and beauty of this place justice. And for that, we turn to a stunning tour through the cave by drone…

The wonders of this planet never cease to amaze me!

So, what is going on here? How does a rainforest grow 650 feet (200 meters) below ground level? Let’s turn to the BBC for some answers…

Via: BBC 2

I find it hard to really gain perspective on how massive this cave is, but National Geographic put together an absolutely stunning virtual tour of the cave system that I got lost in for hours! You can check that out here!

We leave you today with a talk from one of National Geographic’s most well-known photographers, Carsten Peter, as he takes us along for the journey into Vietnam’s infinite cave…

Standing in awe of mystery…

We live on a truly remarkable and mystery filled planet!

Despite our GPS systems and are seemingly endless ability to map out the planet, there are still stones that have not been unturned, and a planet to be explored. The discoveries we continue to make serve as important reminders of our place in the broader scheme of nature.

We don’t know everything, and perhaps we will never know everything, but this keeps alive our desire for exploration and our sense of curiosity.

We thrive on looking just beyond the horizon and searching for answers. So, perhaps, as we stand in awe of nature and it’s many mysteries, we can see the questions that emerge as our best means of moving forward.

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-Liesl

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