Sunday, June 12, 2022, 4:30 pm
A big surprise came to a group of Chinese cavemen who discovered a hole about two hundred meters deep in the southern part of the country in May in Guangxi-Zhuang Province. The experts first descended nearly a hundred feet to the side of the stream, then walked for hours, deepening more and more, until they finally reached the bottom of the gigantic cavity. Here, however, they came across an ancient thicket of trees forty meters high and shrubby plants tall by the length of the shoulders. Scientists believe that the area just discovered could be an ancient forest that may have never been disturbed by human activity, and thus could be considered a completely untouched ecosystem.
Chinese speleologists made an unusual discovery in May: they found a rather strange hole in the southern part of the country, in the province of Guangxi-Zhuang. There are many sewers in this karst region, but this one that was recently discovered is one of the largest – read on Képkép.hu side. Researcher at Karst Geological Institute of the Chinese Institute of Geology, Xiangyuan hair He said that this stream is located near Ping’e Village, 306 meters long at its longest point, 150 meters wide at its widest point, and 192 meters deep at its deepest point. In total, its volume exceeds 5 million cubic meters.
That in itself would be interesting, but members of the expedition to explore the site also discovered an ancient forest at the bottom of the stream, where trees are 40 feet high and below are nearly shoulder-length plants. Scientists say it is definitely an untouched area by humanity, so the ecosystem can be undisturbed here, which could mean that species unknown to science could live in this area.
This part of China is a karst region, so a lot of sewers have been developed in this area. This huge stream is also called Tiankeng, which can be translated into Hungarian as celestial crater. But how do sewers form? As rainwater seeps into the cracks in the rocks that make up the soil and digs in them more and more, more and more cave-like formations are formed, and when the size of this cave becomes very large, the roof often breaks and a stream forms.
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