A new discovery has been made by the Israeli researchers that the world’s longest salt cave was found near the desert site where, according to the Bible, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt. For over two years the cavers from nine countries, led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, finally mapped out the 10-km long warren of underground passages and chambers in Mount Sodom, overlooking the Dead Sea. The cave is called Malham.
This salt cave has eclipsed the previous world record holder in Iran. Through the work of Amos Frumkin, the founder and director of the Hebrew University’s Cave Research Center, the researchers became aware of Malham.
Israeli spelunker Yoav Negev, two years ago decided to complete Frumkin’s work and reached out to Bulgarian cave explorers for help with the promise of a warm winter adventure.
With 80 local and international spelunkers for about a 10-day expedition this year, they have finished measuring and mapping the cave with lasers and determined that its length is more than 10 kilometres.
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