Geology

The Colossal Cave – Hang Son Doong

Drone footage captures the beauty of one of the world’s largest caves, containing dense jungles, immense cliffs and its own climate.

The footage was captured by photographer Ryan Deboodt, who used a drone to record parts of the journey through the gigantic cave system in Vietnam, located in Son Trach, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh province, Vietnam.

Deboodt, who describes himself as “a cave, adventure, and travel photographer based in Beijing, China” first visited the cave in August 2013.

Hang Son Doong

The cave was discovered by a local man in 1991, but the first exploration into the cave was by British explorers in 2009. The name “Son Doong” means “mountain river cave”, created 2-5 million years ago by river erosion on the soft limestone underneath the above mountain where limestone was weakest.

     

Son Doong cave is more than 200 meters wide, 150 meters high, and approx 9 kilometers long, with caverns big enough to fit a jumbo jet or the Empire State Building on its side! The cave also contains some of the tallest known stalagmites in the world, which are up to 70 m tall.

Son Doong cave was classified as the largest cave in the world by BCRA (British Cave Research Association) and selected as one of the most beautiful caves on the globe by BBC news.

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