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Cable car plan for world's biggest cave

Update: November, 29/2014 - 12:00

There is a plan to build a cable car system to make it possible for people to visit the world's biggest cave.

The cave is Son Doong, in Quang Binh Province.

Environmentalists are not keen on the idea because it could ruin the cave.

A gate of Son Doong Cave.
A gate of Son Doong Cave. - Photo Adam Spillane

QUANG BINH (VNS) — Authorities in central Quang Binh Province have given the go ahead for a highly controversial cable car system connecting various sites in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to the world's biggest cave, Son Doong.

However, they promised to carry out the work with "tight consultation" from UNESCO and related agencies.

Son Doong, which has been extensively explored by British Cave Research Association, has attracted enormous interest for its beauty and pristine conditions.

Province chairman Nguyen Huu Hoai, who chaired a press meeting addressing the issue on Tuesday, said the cable system was needed to boost local tourism as the province was among the poorest in the country.

He said authorities were aware of possible damage to the weak topography in the area around the cave. Scientists have warned that any construction impacts could lead to collapse of the cave.

However, Hoai failed to explain how to ensure the safety of the cave from this threat. Also attending the meeting, Le Thanh Tinh, director of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, admitted that large forest trees would be logged to provide poles for the cable system.

The park is "fully protected" under Vietnamese Environmental Law, and no construction or development can be done without permission.

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and under the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Meanwhile, a surge of opposition to the project has arisen around the world and on online forums.

Scientists, environmental activists, locals and others demand that the cave be left alone to preserve its fragile beauty.

There is an online petition at www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/956/103/062/ calling for signatures to stop the project. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Authorities in central Quang Binh Province have given the go ahead for a highly controversial cable car system connecting various sites in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to the world's biggest cave, Son Doong.

 

If something is controversial, people feel strongly about it – with some people being in favour of it and others being against it.

However, they promised to carry out the work with "tight consultation" from UNESCO and related agencies.

To do something in consultation with someone else means to do it while discussing it with the other person, or organization.

Son Doong, which has been extensively explored by British Cave Research Association, has attracted enormous interest for its beauty and pristine conditions.

Pristine means pure, unspoiled and still with its natural beauty.

He said authorities were aware of possible damage to the weak topography in the area around the cave.

Topography means the shape and make-up of the countryside.

Scientists have warned that any construction impacts could lead to collapse of the cave.

Impacts means effects.

Also attending the meeting, Le Thanh Tinh, director of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, admitted that large forest trees would be logged to provide poles for the cable system.

If trees are logged they are cut down to make logs.

Meanwhile, a surge of opposition to the project has arisen around the world and on online forums.

When there is a surge of opposition, many people suddenly say they are against something, in this case the cable car development.

Forums are places where people can share views and exchange knowledge.

Scientists, environmental activists, locals and others demand that the cave be left alone to preserve its fragile beauty.

If something is fragile it can break very easily.

WORKSHEET

State whether the following sentences are true, or false:

1.      Son Doong is the world's second-biggest cave.

2.      Phong Nha-Ke Bang is the name of a national park.

3.      People who are against the cable car have started a petition.

4.      Quang Binh is said to be among the poorest provinces in the whole of Viet Nam.

5.      People from all over the word have been talking about the caves and the cable car plan on the Internet.

 

ANSWERS:

 

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1. False; 2. True; 3. True; 4. True; 5. True.

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