Caves rock. (That’s funny, I honestly didn’t mean to put a pun in there.)
Not only are caves spectacular and mysterious, but whenever I hear of a new cave being discovered, it’s thrilling to think of how much of the world we have yet to discover. I kind of wish I lived during the time when explorers first tried to find out just how big this world is.
The biggest cave in the world was recently discovered in Vietnam. It’s a network of over 150 caves, and it has river inside it and a jungle. I’ve never heard of a jungle in a cave before, except in fiction. (In fact, I think I saw a Dr. Who episode just like this.)
Can you imagine finding something like that? You see a little whole in the wall, and think, “If I go through that hole, I might find a dead end and then get stuck and suffocate. Or I might be the first to find the largest cave in the world.”
Personally, I lost my desire to go caving after I found out that when you get stuck, they have to break your collar bone to get you out.
This website shows you an interactive map of the cave. It has captivating images, and it’s a lot of fun. This link is a 7-page paper about being in the cave, which is also interesting.
No matter how much of the world we see, I hope mankind never loses its desire to discover something new.