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The world's longest salt cave, discovered in Israel, is still growing, scientists say



The world's longest salt cave was discovered in Israel, according to an international research team that continues to grow.

The Malham Cave in Mount Sedom, also known as Mount Sodom, is 10 kilometers long and surpasses the three-file Iranian Cave, which is nearly 4.1 kilometers long. A team led by the Hebrew University Cave Research Center, the Israel Cave Explorers Club and the Bulgarian Sofia Speleo Club and 80 spelunkers from nine countries have successfully mapped the Malham Cave TEMPLAR CAVE

  The Malham Cave is 10km long.

The Malham Cave is 10 km long.
(Ruslan Paul / Hebrew University)

The Mount Sedom at the southwestern tip of the Dead Sea consists, according to the scientists, exclusively of salt under a layer of capped rocks. Geologically, the cave lives. "The Malham Salt Cave is a river cave," said Prof. Amos Frumkin, CRC Director at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Hebrew University, in a statement. "Water from a surface stream flowed into the subsoil and dissolved the salt, creating caves – a process that is still going on when heavy rain falls over Mount Sedom about once a year." The cave is therefore called "alive" even more growing.

The Malham Cave was first discovered in the 1980s by the CRC and was probably just under 5.7 km long. When the experts returned to the Malham Cave in 2018 and 2019, they used sophisticated laser technology to validate their 6.2-mile length.

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  The Malham Cave continues to grow in expertise.

The Malham Cave continues to grow according to experts.
[Credit: Ruslan Paul / Hebrew University]

The researchers are now processing final data from their surveys to create an electronic map of the cave.

According to scientists, there are more than 100 different salt caves in Mount Sedom

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 . Photo of the file: The cave Malham is one of more than 100 caves in the mountain. Sedom.

Photo of the file – The Malham Cave is one of more than 100 caves in the mountain. Sedom.
(Credit: Ruslan Paul / Hebrew University)

Other caves around the world have revealed their secrets. In 2017, scientists who explored a Mexican cave system discovered life in crystals that could be 50,000 years old.

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