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Dak Nong volcanic cave


The volcanic cave system recently discovered is qualified to build national Geopark, and is registering to the UNESCO as a global Geopark. This morning (26/12), General Department of Geology (GDOG) officially announced the discovery of a unique cave system in basalt rock in Dak Nong province.

Mr. Nguyen Van Thuan, Head of General Department of Geology and Mining said that this volcanic cave system were discovered mainly in Krong No suburban district, with approximately 25km in length, extending from the crater at Choar village along Serepoc river to Dray Sap with a lot of large and small caves.

In particular, the largest cave has the length of 1.066m with thousands of meters of width inside, which has a very unique structure and characteristics of the volcanic cave with lava flowing backwards, creating a spectacular landscape. The cave is located in deep forest, not recorded traces of humans, but many animals live here...

"The investigation was carried out by many short field trips. Initial results showed that in relation to B'Luck Chu volcano, Buon Choah commune, Krong No, Dak Nong province, there are dozens of caves in basalt very nicely. Currently, detailed surveys have been conducted at three caves (symbol: C7, C3, A1). In specific, the C7 cave is a tube volcanic cave with the largest length in Southeast Asia (1.066m). In this cave, it was discovered many structures characterizing for the eruption process such as lava flow, sinkholes, and plant monuments formed millions of years ago "- said by Mr. Thuan.

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In addition to those caves, the researchers of the General Department of Geology and Mineral plus Association of Japan cave discovered many beautiful craters. Currently, the scientists measured the details of three caves. Also dozens of other caves have not been studied.

According to scientists, compared with some limestone caves and famous volcanic caves in several countries around the world, the volcanic cave system in the Central Highlands is far more extensive and attractive. This cave is highly appreciated by Association of Japan cave in terms of science and tourism...

According to Vietnamese and Japanese scientists, the structure of this cave system is the performance of the tectonic faults system, forming the channels for magma lava from deep to go up, forming intrusive magma and eruptive basalt. These factors affect the morphology as well as the topography of the area, creating spectacular scenery and exquisite waterfalls.

The volcanic cave system recently discovered is qualified to build national Geopark, and is registering to the UNESCO as a global Geopark. The establishment of global Geopark title is a basis to promote tourism and social-economic development, plus long-term conservation of natural heritage values and culture for future generations.

In Vietnam, Dong Van Plateau (Ha Giang) has been recognized by UNESCO as global Geopark on 3/1/2010 day, reconfirmed on the 23/09/2014.

However, those caves discovered in recent years are the limestone caves. But this volcanic cave in basalt, which has been discovered recently in the Central Highlands, is a rare cave system, including dozens of caves and craters formed by the lava eruptions millions of years ago.

From the project "Study of geological heritage to build the geopark and environmental protection of Virgin waterfall, CuJut district, Dak Nong Province, Vietnam", Geology Museum, the agency under the General Department of Execution, has discovered, taken survey and researched the volcanic cave system in basalt rock in Buon Choah commune, Krong No, Dak Nong province. According to the above results, Japanese scientists led by Dr. Hiroshi Tachihara - Honorary Chairman of the Association of Japan volcanic caves and his successor, Dr. Tsutomu Honda came to Vietnam in order to take the collaborative research.

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