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

The Malham Cave is one of the more than 100 different sale caves in Israel, Mt. Sedom.
(Credit: Anton Chikishev/Hebrew University)

The world’s longest salt cave has been discovered in Israel, according to an international team of researchers, noting that it continues to grow.

The Malham Cave in the Mount Sedom, also known as Mount Sodom, it is 6.2 km long, surpassing the Iran of the Cave of Three Nudes, which is almost 4.1 km in length. A team under the leadership of the Hebrew University’s Cave Research Center, the Israel Cave Explorers Club, and Bulgaria is Sofia Speleo Club, as well as 80 cavers from nine countries, has successfully mapped the Malham Cave.

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The Malham Cave is 6.2 kilometers long.
(Ruslan Paul / Hebrew University)

Mount Sedom, on the southwest tip of the Dead Sea, is made entirely of salt under a layer of cap rock, according to the scientists. Geologically, the cave is “life,” they said. “The Malham Salt Cave is a river cave,” said Prof. Amos Frumkin CRC-director of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Earth Sciences, in a statement. “Water of a surface stream flowed underground and dissolved the salt, making the caves – a process that is still going on is when there is strong rain over the Mountain of Sedom approximately one time per year.” As a result, the cave is described as “alive” and still growing.

The Malham Cave was first discovered by the CRC in the 1980s and was believed to be just under 5.7 km (3.5 miles) long. When experts back to the Malham Cave in 2018 and 2019, they used advanced laser technology to confirm that the 6.2 km length.

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The Malham Cave continues to grow, according to experts.
(Credit: Ruslan Paul/Hebrew University)

Researchers are now processing the final data from their surveys to create a electronic map of the cave.

More than 100 different types of salt caves in Mount Sedom, according to the scientists.

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File photo – Malham Cave is more than 100 caves within Mt. Sedom.
(Credit: Ruslan Paul/Hebrew University)

Other caves in the vicinity of the entire world are revealing their secrets. In 2017, scientists explore a Mexican cave system discovered the life imprisoned in the crystals that could be 50,000 years old.

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