London: Malham Cave, which now holds the title, is a record-breaking 10 kilometres long, a recent expedition there found out. It lies beneath Mount Sodom close to the Dead Sea which is pinned as a possible location of the two legendary cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroyed over the indecency of their inhabitants, according to the Bible.
A multinational team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HU)’s Cave Research Centre (CRC), Israel Cave Explorers Club, and Bulgaria’s Sofia Speleo Club have claimed Malham Cave at Mount Sodom to be the longest salt cave in the world. They are planning to publish their findings, and creating an electronic map of the site, based on the recent data, The Jerusalem Post reports.
Although the underground natural labyrinth was discovered about 30 years ago in the 1980s, the spelunkers, who arrived there in 2018 and 2019, managed to document its record-breaking length of 10 kilometres only recently with the most up-to-date technologies, including laser beams, instead of the tape measures and compasses, they earlier used.