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Research sheds light on volcanic caves

Update: December, 27/2014 - 08:50
Vantage point: A cave entrace overlooks the waterfalls on the Serepok River. — Photos

HA NOI  (VNS) — The General Department of Geology and Minerals yesterday chaired a media briefing in Ha Noi introducing the volcanic caves discovered in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.

Unearthly beauty: The wall of one cave discovered in Dak Nong Province.

The caves were discovered by the department's scientists and Japanese partners. The introduction focused on the three caves that the researchers had investigated and measured. These discoveries are among 12 others found in a cavern system spreading across an area of along the local Serepok River.

One of the caves, marked as C7 by the scientists, is said to be the longest volcanic cave in Southeast Asia, measuring 1,055m in length. However, the scientists failed to capture the magnificent beauty of the caves due to the low quality of their photographing devices.

Tunnel vision: Experts examine C7 – the longest volcanic cave in Southeast Asia, measuring 1,055m in length.

The scientists also found many entrances to the cavern system. They found old volcanic mouths inside the caves as well.

The department has called for further investigation of the entirety of the caves before a global announcement is made. Meanwhile, the local authorities are drawing up plans to allow tourists to visit the caves. — VNS

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