Largest Caves In The World

Referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of Crystals”, Cueva de los Cristales or Cave of Crystals in Mexico has nearly the largest natural crystals in the world; beams of gypsum up to 36 feet. This cave is underground as much as 950 feet. The Naica mining complex yields zinc, lead, silver, copper and gold and zigzags underground for close to half a mile. Deep inside this mountain the Cave of Crystals is an opening in the shape of a horseshoe in limestone rock about90 feet long and 30 feet wide.1

 

Majlis al Jinn Cave in Oman: world’s 2nd largest cave chamber.2

This is the 2nd biggest chamber of a cave in the world. It was found in an isolated region of the Sultanate of Oman in the Selma Plateau at 1600 meters altitude. The person who found this cave was a geologist Don Davidson in 1983 when studying resources of water in the Sultanate.

This chamber is large enough for the largest pyramid in Egypt to fit in the chamber.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave (New Zealand): a ‘glowworms’ paradise3

The caveison New Zealand North Island and is renowned for its inhabitants of Arachnocampa luminosaor ’glowworms’. These are glowworms that spin nests from silk attached to the roof of this cave and then these threads of silk hang down. The larva will then glow to attract food into its threads, so that the ceiling of the cave when covered with larva can remarkably resemble the stars at night. A hungry larva glows much brighter than one just finishing dinner.

Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves (Austria)5

Austria IceCaves are some of the largest caves of this type known to man. These caves are within the Tennengebirge Mountains close to Salzburg and stretch out for an extraordinary 40 kilometers. This is just a part of the network opened to the public but it is enough to get an idea of what the rest of this network is like – truly fascinating plate of the handicraft of Mother Nature. Ice caves are very unlike regular caves. They have a very eerie feeling inside them, as if they are not from our planet and we have just momentarily walked into a different world when exploring their depths.

Cave of the Ghost in Venezuela – so vast those 2 helicopters can comfortably fly into it.6

“Cueva del Fantasia” is Spanish for “Cave of the Ghost” – is so vast that 2 helicopters can fly into it and land next to a towering waterfall. This waterfall coming down one wall and forms a small pond at the floor.

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