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Illustration of a 'tiankeng' (giant karst sinkhole) in China. (Shutterstock/HelloRF Zcool)
A team of British and Chinese scientists has reportedly discovered a gigantic cave in Fengshan county of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in southwest China.
According to the China Daily, a team consisting of members of the British Caving Association and the Institute of Karst Geology under the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences found the cave in October. It was located southeast of a banana jungle under a tiankeng (giant karst sinkhole).
A team of British and Chinese scientists have discovered a gigantic cave in Southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. This cave is ranked among the largest in the world. The bottom area is 77,600 square meters, which is approximately the size of 10 soccer fields. pic.twitter.com/N2aGKVXz2Y— Leonie McKeon (@LeonieCN) November 8, 2018
Guangxi Zhuang is known for its tiankeng and large caves because of the abundance of karst landscapes in the region.
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The recently discovered Haiting Cave, named after a nearby village, has a volume of 3.53 million cubic meters and a base area of 77,600 square meters, about the size of 10 soccer fields. According to a member of the exploration team, Xiang Hang, it is able to house a 200-meter skyscraper.
After conducting 3D scanning, the geologists said they believe that the Haiting’s base area is the world’s third largest, while its volume puts it in 10th place. The cave features a rugged landscape, steep slopes and a subterranean river. (iru/wng)