Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Scientists return to giant river cave lost to war, political turmoil

National Geographic has some pretty cool pictures of the Xe Bang Fai river cave (in central Laos) that has been lost to science for almost 100 years. The cave was first explored in 1905 by explorers on bamboo rafts, but almost a century of war and civil unrest have kept the outside world, um, out.

You've got to see those pictures… there's some stuff in there that looks like it's right out of Lord of the Rings.

The Xe Bang Fai river cave has been referred to by experts as "an underground K2," "likely one of the largest river caves on Earth."

River volume ranges from 12.8 cubic yards per second during the slow season to 1,300 during the monsoons.

Spiders in the cavern grow up to 10 inches across.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.