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Explorers discover spectacular caves in Vietnam (world's largest?)
Yahoo! News ^ | Jan. 3, 2010 | Brett Michael Dykes

Posted on 01/03/2011 2:37:01 PM PST by americanophile

For decades, geologists have known that Vietnam is home to some of the world's most spectacular caves, many of them largely unexplored. Now husband-and-wife cavers have documented perhaps the world's largest: Hang Son Doong, big enough in places to accommodate a New York City block of skyscrapers.

The cave in the Annamite Mountains contains a river and jungle (its name translates to "mountain river cave") and even its own thin clouds, and its end remains out of sight. It's part of a network of about 150 caves in central Vietnam near the Laotian border.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: annamite; cave; largest; vietnam
"A half-mile block of 40-story buildings could fit inside this lit stretch of Hang Son Doong, which may be the world's biggest subterranean passage."Now, that's one big cave. Check out these amazing photos: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/largest-cave/peter-photography
1 posted on 01/03/2011 2:37:09 PM PST by americanophile
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To: SunkenCiv

/mark


2 posted on 01/03/2011 2:38:29 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: americanophile

Also found in the caves, American POW’s and MIA’s?


3 posted on 01/03/2011 2:38:43 PM PST by TexasPatriot1 ("Tyranny is defined as that which legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry" Jefferson)
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To: americanophile
(its name translates to "mountain river cave")

?????...they just recently discovered it.....the people around there knew about it

4 posted on 01/03/2011 2:42:25 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: americanophile
Charley had 250 miles of tunnels under where I was in Viet Nam so if you look real close you will probably find some war materials there.
5 posted on 01/03/2011 2:45:12 PM PST by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Doogle

I’m guessing it’s sort of like discovering north America.


6 posted on 01/03/2011 2:46:59 PM PST by americanophile
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To: Doogle

Yeah. I’m not sure but History underground did a show about an enormous cave in Vietnam that was used by pretty much everyone during the war.


7 posted on 01/03/2011 2:47:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Joy Behar

PING.

8 posted on 01/03/2011 2:50:10 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: americanophile

That’s no cave, it’s Nancy Pelosi on a good day!


9 posted on 01/03/2011 2:51:06 PM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: cripplecreek

*smiles*...


10 posted on 01/03/2011 2:52:44 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: americanophile
I'm going to build a little overnight place with a bar there. It's called the Cave Inn.
11 posted on 01/03/2011 2:55:04 PM PST by fish hawk (reporter to old Indian: you lived here on the reservation all your life? Old Indian, "not yet".)
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To: americanophile

There was also an immense cave recently discovered here in Tennessee called Rumbling Falls. You have to rappel into the main chamber from the center of the roof which is over 200ft high. I talked to someone that has been in it and they described it as like being in outer space. The walls are too far away for your lights to reflect off of so you are sliding down a rope in pitch blackness for what seems like forever!


12 posted on 01/03/2011 3:02:52 PM PST by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: americanophile


13 posted on 01/03/2011 3:02:52 PM PST by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: americanophile

“It’s part of a network of about 150 caves in central Vietnam near the Laotian border”

Meh. John F’n Kerry was there on Christmas Eve in ‘68.
(Sorry. Laotian border reference)

Seriously, very cool pics.


14 posted on 01/03/2011 3:03:34 PM PST by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling Allah Snackbar)
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To: TexasPatriot1

“Follow the Ho Chi Minh Trail...”


15 posted on 01/03/2011 3:05:15 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Doogle
thank you...
16 posted on 01/03/2011 3:29:34 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: americanophile
 Pellucidar
17 posted on 01/03/2011 3:39:11 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: Diogenesis

Just Wow! I would like to see that in person. Also would like to hear the local’s stories about it.


18 posted on 01/03/2011 3:39:11 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Boiling point

Perhaps the Social Security lock box will be located.


19 posted on 01/03/2011 3:43:22 PM PST by verity
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To: americanophile

bookmark


20 posted on 01/03/2011 3:48:49 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: stylecouncilor

VN cave ping


21 posted on 01/03/2011 4:24:45 PM PST by onedoug
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To: americanophile

Pingo


22 posted on 01/03/2011 4:27:47 PM PST by 4Speed
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To: americanophile

Absolutely stunning photo series. Those photos alone are enough to establish Carsten Peter as one of the worlds top photographers... Thanks for posting it!


23 posted on 01/03/2011 4:29:44 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: americanophile

Pictures are absolutely amazing! Thank you for the link. There are so many things on the planet yet to be discovered!


24 posted on 01/03/2011 4:35:07 PM PST by Outlaw Woman
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To: americanophile

wow....if you Google for photos of this cave, it’s insanely huge.


25 posted on 01/03/2011 4:40:02 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Hail To The Fail-In-Chief)
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To: cogitator

thought you might like to see this


26 posted on 01/03/2011 4:45:06 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: winoneforthegipper; Quix

you guys might like this


27 posted on 01/03/2011 4:47:57 PM PST by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: KoRn

Thanks KoRn!

Britons claim to find world’s largest cave
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2241814/posts

World’s Biggest Cave Found in Vietnam
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2301728/posts


28 posted on 01/03/2011 4:49:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: americanophile

Check out these amazing photos: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/largest-cave/peter-photography


29 posted on 01/03/2011 5:02:51 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Mohammad: the earliest documented pedophile "priest"...and he was proud of it.)
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To: americanophile
Those photos are absolutely breathtaking, even the double exposure one. Where you have 4 people walking beside a river and one person walking in the river. If you look closely the person in the river is the leader of the team on the bank.

Just beautiful.

30 posted on 01/03/2011 5:04:35 PM PST by RikaStrom (Pray for Obama - Psalm 109:8 "Let his days be few; and let another take his place of leadership.")
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To: JDoutrider

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31 posted on 01/03/2011 5:41:10 PM PST by JDoutrider
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To: Steve Van Doorn

THX.

Another lair of the reptoids?

LOL.

Sigh.

Sounds interesting.


32 posted on 01/03/2011 5:44:34 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: SunkenCiv

“Britons claim to find world’s largest cave”

As IF!


33 posted on 01/04/2011 3:11:48 AM PST by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: americanophile

I’m surprised they havn’t been taken over by the military as headquarters.

The one type of weapon the US lacks is a high speed boring machine that can target tunnels and caves, something that has the power to either burn or chew through solid rock, and then has a method of destroying such cave or tunnel.


34 posted on 01/04/2011 3:19:56 AM PST by Eye of Unk (If your enemy is quick to anger, seek to irritate him. Sun Tzu, The Art of War.)
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To: americanophile

Home to the Avatards . Cheney and Halliburton are out to pave it all over.


35 posted on 01/04/2011 10:51:14 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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