View from the bottom of a giant ditch in China. Wen / Xinhua Song via Getty Images
- In the Chinese region of Guangxi, cave explorers have found a giant ditch Xinhua News Agency.
- Inside the 192-meter plow is hidden an ancient forest.
- Pits are common in the region because the ground sits on easily soluble foundations.
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Researchers at the cave have found a massive ancient forest hidden inside a giant ditch in China’s Guangxi region, Xinhua reported.
Earlier this month, Zhang Yuanhai, a senior engineer at the Institute of Karst Geology at the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, told Zhang Yuanhai.
The researchers descended more than 192 meters into the strait before several hours of trekking to reach the bottom. On the floor of the pit, they found a primeval forest with ancient trees 130 feet high, said Xinhua expedition group leader Chen Lisin. He added that the plants grew densely together and rose to his shoulders.
Trees in Tianqen, or giant karst pit, in China. Wen / Xinhua Song via Getty Images
A video on Twitter on May 7 shows members of the expedition group making their way through the thick foliage and piloting drones to document the strait.
Such ditches could be home to undiscovered species of flora and fauna, AccuWeather researchers said.
“I would not be surprised to learn that these caves contain species that have never been reported or described by science so far,” said George Veni, executive director of the National Institute of Cave and Karst Research in New Mexico. exit on Wednesday.
Tianken, or a giant karst ditch in the Lei Fengshan Global Geopark, is the Chinese Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Zhou Hua / Xinhua via Getty Images.
Known as the Tianken in Mandarin, or “heavenly pit,” the pits are common in southern China because of the nature of the landscape. A landscape called karst is formed when rainwater dissolves native rocks, Veni told Live Science.
“Due to local differences in geology, climate and other factors, the way karst appears on the surface can vary dramatically,” he told the publication. “So in China you have this incredibly spectacular karst with huge grooves and giant entrances to caves and so on. In other parts of the world you go to the karst and notice nothing. muted, only a meter or two in diameter. The entrances to the cave can be very small, so you have to break into them.
The region was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007 due to its unique topography, which includes rock formations and extensive cave systems.
China also has the world’s largest ditch, Xiaozhai Qianqen, more than 2,000 feet deep. It can be found in Tianqen Difeng National Park in Chongqing.