12 Of The Most Majestic Caves In The World | AIB
Some of the caves can be admired for their amazing cave-scapes. It can be found in some of the most isolated places with handrails and lights that illuminate their most unusual formations and fossils. Of course, there are caves around the world that offer various levels of accessibility.
Some of the caves were formed when water leaks through the cracks of limestone rocks. Other caves were shaped over millions of years being covered by lakes or sea water. If you are deeming of to visit one of these caves, there are some that are open for tourists and most of them are only open only for extreme adventurers.
Luckily for us, professional photographers often accompany these expeditions, and their precious photos allow us to appreciate those places on Earth that have not yet been touched by mankind.
1 . Ice cave near Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia
Ice caves like these are formed in the glaciers surrounding the Mutnovsky volcano in Russia. Some of them are formed by ventilation grids that release heat and gases called fumaroles. The passage is usually too inadequate to enter, but light snowfall and an oddly hot summer created these massive caverns with an almost transparent roof.
2. Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
The Son Doong cave in Vietnam is the largest known cave in the world. It has a fast-flowing subterranean river formed in Permian limestone and full of countless wonders, including isolated ecosystems, climate systems, and geological formations.
3. Mine of Naica, Mexico
The mine of Naica in Mexico is known worldwide for the extraordinary formations of crystals located in its interior. The cave was discovered during mining operations contain crystals of selenite is closed to the public due to its depth and inhospitable atmosphere.
4. Batu Caves, Malaysia
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu, which flows past the hill. It is used by Chinese settlers to dig guano for fertilizers. However, they became popular only after colonial authorities recorded the limestone hills. Now, the cave is full of statues and open to visitors.
5. Mendenhall Glacier Cave, USA
This cave located near Juneau, Alaska. The glacier and surrounding landscape are protected as part of the 5,815 acres Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area. It was carved by the melting of the ice because it is always changing, it is not sure if it will remain for a long time.
6. Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland
This cave is on the Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland; It is also known as the Water Glacier, is the largest and most swelling ice cap which is the largest in Europe. Caves like these form due to the melting of icy glacial water, but can be dangerous because the glaciers are constantly breaking and changing.
7. Glowworms Cave, New Zealand
The Glowworm Caves is home to a unique insect – fireflies, it is known as Arachnocampa Luminosa. This glow worms species found exclusively in New Zealand. The walls of the caves are covered with a variety of fungi including the cave flower that is like a mushroom-like fungus. This bugs hang silky strands and light up the cave.
8. Cave in Algarve, Portugal
The Algarve region is in Portugal, is known for its Mediterranean beaches, golf resorts, and whitewashed fishing villages on small cliffs overlooking sandy coves were transformed in the 1960s where the cave is located, is prone to various coastal formations due to the relative solubility of the rocks. This cave can only be reached by water.
9. Ellison’s Cave, USA
Ellison’s Cave is a pit cave located in Walker County, on Pigeon Mountain in the Appalachian Plateaus of Northwest Georgia. It is the 12th deepest cave in the US. The cave is over 12 miles long and extends 1063 feet vertically; this is a popular attraction for fans to explore cavities – especially those who enjoy descending on ropes, beginning cavers and spelunkers are severely scared from entering and negotiating the cave.
10. Tham Lod Cave, Thailand
The Nam Lang River passes through Tham Lod Cave in northern Thailand. The cave is full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, home to thousands of swifts and bats that have adapted to spend part of their lives in caves. Tham Lot carved by the Lawa tribespeople thousands of years ago.
11. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand
This cave in Thailand has historically one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks of Thailand, but only a few travelers get a chance to take a panorama of it. The reason is quite simple, this gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach the cave, and only a handful of dedicated visitors will make an effort to visit it.
12. Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar
Kyaut SAE Cave, located in Myanmar, very little known about this cave, except that the interior has a Buddhist temple inside its depths. It is quite small, and, therefore, practically not attractive to researchers. Through the small openings in the ceiling, daylight penetrates the cave. At certain times of the day, the cave is immersed with an orange or blue glow.