Rescue workers at the scene of a cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their football coach were trapped
The Guardian reports:
All 12 boys and their football coach have been successfully rescued from a cave in northern Thailand after more than two weeks trapped underground.
“The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe,” the Thai navy Seal unit said on its official Facebook page. It added: “Hooyah.”
Thai cave rescue operation ends with all 12 boys safe (The Guardian)
Pic: The Straits Times
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An aerial drone tour of Hang Son Doong in Vietnam – the world’s largest cave, discovered in 1991 – created by caver and travel photographer Ryan Deboodt.
The largest chamber is 5 km long, 200m high and 150m wide but you get a much better grasp of the scale of the place when the drone occasionally flies over some teeny, tiny humans.
Bounce Below is a labyrinthine playground in a slate quarry cavern in the Welsh mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog: three huge trampolines suspended up to 25 metres above the cavern floor, surrounded by walls of netting, connected by walkways and illuminated by a green, pink and purple light display.
Sean Taylor of Zip World sez:
“We got the idea when my business partner saw this done in woods in France but this has never been done in a cavern, this really is a world first in Wales. It’s a one hour activity where customers get dressed up in a cotton overall and given a helmet, they then jump on a train and travel inside the mountain.”
Dude, you had us at ‘cotton overall’..
The Cave Of Swallows at San Luis Potosi, Mexico. 333m deep, 135m wide. A sinkhole at the base goes down another 512m.
Vast, yes. Now consider this:
The cave floor is covered with a thick layer of debris and guano on which millipedes, insects, snakes, and scorpions live.
BBC’s Planet Earth explored the massive caves of the world back in 2006. Clips of the cave of Swallows which featured in the programme are not currently available online but if massive insect-infested guano piles are your thing, check out this excerpt from the programme featuring the base of Gomantong Caves in Borneo.
(Pix: imgur/Wikimedia Commons)
From Bored Panda’s eye-watering roundup of the world’s most spectacular caves.
Above: Son Doong Cave, Vietnam (the largest known cave in the world); Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland; Batu Caves, Malaysia; Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA; Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand and Reed Flute Cave, Guangxi, China.
(Photo credits:National Geographic; orvarati; Danny Xeero; wikipedia; Georgi Iashvili; Pasquale Di Pilato)
MORE: 15 Of The Most Majestic Caves In The World (Bored Panda)
A sea cavern near Benagil Beach in Algarve, Portugal, courtesy of Reddit Earthporn.