Christian Author: Nancy W. Boyer

Hang Son Doong Cave Explored

Hang-Son-Doong-Vietnam-The world’s largest cave is in Vietnam.  It was explored first in 2009 and has been a source of fascination to those who have actually seen it. This particular cave is located in the caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang. Hang is part of the underground system connected to more than 150 different activities in Vietnam, located near the border with Laos.

The Huffington Post published this about the cave:

The Hang Son Doong Cave is over  5.5 miles long; has a jungle and river and could fit a 40 story skyscraper within its walls…The newly discovered cave has been touted as the largest in the world, although other caves vie for the title of longest   (Mammoth Cave in Brownsville, Kentucky nabs that title with about 400 miles of passageways) and the deepest  is Krubera Cave in the nation (not the state) of Georgia.  A local man discovered the cave entrance in 1991, but British cavers  were the first to explore it in 2009.A rock formation shines beneath a skylight in Hang Son Doong.

Mark Jenkins wrote for National Geographic some history of the cave:  Two decades ago, the leaders of this expedition, Howard Limbert and his wife, Deb, became the first cavers to visit Vietnam since the 1970s. Back then, the country’s caves were legendary but unexplored. In 1941 Ho Chi Minh had planned his revolution against the Japanese and French in Pac Bo Cave north of Hanoi, and during the Vietnam War thousands of Vietnamese hid from American bombing raids inside caves. The Limberts, experienced cavers from the Yorkshire dales of northern England, made contact with the University of Science in Hanoi and, after obtaining sheaves of permits, mounted an expedition in 1990. They’ve made 13 trips since, not only discovering one of the longest river caves in the world-12-mile Hang Khe Ry, not far from Son Doong-but also helping the Vietnamese create 330-square-mile Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which now attracts a quarter million Vietnamese and foreign visitors a yearHang-Son-Doong-Vietnam-2

One amazing thing is that deep in this cave, there is a rain forest.  It appears that part of the roof of the cave has collapsed and because the light of the sun has been able to shine through….the beauty of life in plant form began to develop.

Our video #2 below explores just this aspect…light and growth… which leads us to once again to think about what was meant when God said, “Let there be light!”

Light is all important.  It is the source physically and even spiritually.  We consider evil  in the world to be in darkness…and finding truth and salvation in Christ to be brought into the Light!      How beautiful is this analogy.   Truth is always so simple and clear. We are to bring “light” into this world, which turns into something wonderful.     Let’s take a look at Hang Son Doong Cave and marvel.

 

Video 1   Exploration of the Hang Son Doong Cave in Vietnam

 

Video 2 The Hang Son Doong Cave grows a rainforest

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