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12 new incredible caves discovered in Quang Binh

15:09 | 05/04/2020

Howard Limbert, an expert of the British Royal Caving Research Association (BCRA), has just announced their discovery of another 10. 5 km (6.5 miles) of new caves in Quang Binh province, central Vietnam. 

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A total of 10,491 metres (6,52 miles) of caves have been found by the BCRA team in Vietnam. The team of 11 experts had made an expedition plan from March 3 to 20 in Quang Binh. They were divided into two groups to different areas to survey new caves in Bo Trach, Quang Ninh and Minh Hoa districts.

According to the experts, the limestone formations at the new caves include stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flowstones.

The caves didn't have any human traces.

12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh
Howard and his expedition team have, within 20 days, discovered 12 new caves in Bo Trach, Quang Ninh and Minh Hoa districts, including Nuoc Ngam Cave, Nuoc Lan 3 Cave, Phu Nhieu 4 Cave, Doc Co Cave, etc. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)
12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh

Those newly-discovered caves are relatively large in length, with Nuoc Ngam (2,4 miles), Phu Nhieu (1,25 miles), Nuoc Lan (0,7 miles). However, there are some that are shorter, which measure around 0,03 miles to 0,08 miles.

Besides, due to strict military requirements, the crew couldn't discover several new caves in Le Thuy district, which they believe have potential tourism development. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)

12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh
Howard (pictured), leader of the expedition team, embarks on his explorative journey in a new cave.
"Quang Binh's cave exploration program is a great success despite many difficulties. The total length of the new caves this time has just been discovered and is measured up to 10,5 km (6,52 miles)", Howard said. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)
12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh

One member of BCRA (pictured)

Expedition in Quang Binh is an annual program of the BCRA. This time, the team discovered the largest number of new caves within 20 days. In 2016, the expedition team found a total of 57 new caves in the area.

Cave system in Quang Binh has always been a surprise to the explorer experts. Last year, an underground cave system was discovered at a depth of 0.03 miles, the deeper the cave is, the wider it expands. The discovery made Son Dong a much more mysterious cave to experts and scientists. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)

12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh
"This time, the expedition team from BCRA has 11 members lead by Howard, one forest ranger and 5 porters", Mr. Nguyen Chau A, director of Oxalis Company that exploits Phong Nha's cave system, said. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)
12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh

In the picture is Loong Coong cave, located on top of Son Doong Cave. The only way to reach the cave is to hang down with a rope for around 0.05 miles. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)

12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh

This year's expedition marks the 30th anniversary of cave exploration in Vietnam. Commemorative workshops and conferences are also planned. However, all are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)

12 new incredible caves discovered in quang binh

"After 5 days exploring in the forest, we were all put under quarantine for two weeks, as on the way from the UK to Vietnam, one of our team members had onboarded the same flight with one COVID-19 patient", Howard recalled.

Fortunately, all 17 of us were tested negative for the virus. However, the pandemic has spoiled BCRA's exploring plan this year. The expert crew flew back to the UK on March 21. The British experts were pictured during their time in Quang Binh centralized quarantine zone.

"We could not dive inside Hang Thung Cave as planned due to COVID-19. We're gonna come back next year to resume our exploration", one expert said. (Photo courtesy of Howard Limbert)

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Translated by Jasmine Le

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