2012 Photo Contest, Nature, Stories, 2nd prize

Infinite Cave

Photographer

Carsten Peter

<em>National Geographic</em> magazine

19 April, 2010

Down in the big chamber of Long Con, a new discovery in 2010 and continuation of the Alcove of Hang Son Doong. Between 10.30 and 15.00 sunlight can reach the ground and produce a miniature weather system in the chamber: increased humidity creates condensation inside the cool cave atmosphere and leads to the formation of clouds.

About

Carsten Peter

Carsten Peter is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, and specializes in going to extremes: scuba diving in a glacier on Mont Blanc, crossing the Sahara on a ca...

Background story

Down in the big chamber of Long Con, a new discovery in 2010 and continuation of the Alcove of Hang Song Doong. Between 10.30 and 15.00 sunlight can reach the ground and produce a miniature weather system in the chamber: increased humidity creates condensation inside the cool cave atmosphere and leads to the formation of clouds. Down in the chamber is the so-called Cactus garden, a wonderful array of stalagmites, partly quite narrow, with palm-stem stalagmite formations. A British caving team discovered the world’s biggest cave passage in Vietnam, sometimes up to 200 meters high.

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