Researchers at a cave in the Guangxi region of southern China have reportedly found a forest at the bottom of a giant ditch.

According to scientists, who descended to its depth on May 6, in the burrow, 306 meters long, 150 meters wide, 192 meters deep and up to 40 meters high, there may be unknown species of plants and animals.

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According to Xinhua News, Zhang Yuanhai, a senior engineer at the Institute of Karst Geology of China Geological Survey, said the ditch could be classified as a large opening. Among the 30 ditches in Leia County this is the largest.

Scientists spent several hours walking inside the ditch to try to figure out what was there. Chen Lisin, who led the expedition group, said there was a thick undergrowth on the floor that reached to his shoulders.

“I would not be surprised to learn that there are species in these caves that science has never reported or described so far,” Lisin said.


In southern China due to the nature of the landscape pits are common. The area is home to karst terrain, landscapes prone to dramatic ditches and otherworldly caves, said Live Science George Veni, executive director of the National Institute of Cave and Karst Research (NCKRI) in the United States.

“Due to local differences in geology, climate and other factors, the way karst appears on the surface can vary dramatically.

“So in China you have this incredibly spectacular karst with huge ditches and giant cave entrances and so on. In other parts of the world you go to the karst and really do not notice anything. Pits can be quite muted, only a meter or two in diameter. The entrances to the cave can be very small, so you have to break into them, ”he explained.

A video of the giant ditch was posted on Twitter, see below:

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