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They discover in China a huge hole with a forest inside. Species unknown to science could be hiding in this gaping hole.

A huge sinkhole 192 meters deep has been discovered in China in which researchers have discovered an impressive variety of ancient forests with trees reaching 40m and may include species never seen before.

Earlier this month, cavers discovered the sinkhole near Ping’e village in Leye County of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The sinkhole is 192m deep and 304m long and 149m wide, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The discovery was classified as “large” and experts walked for several hours before reaching the base of the sinkhole and found three entrances to the caves.

The bottom of the sump is bordered by a “well preserved virgin forest” with trees that grow towards the sun, according to experts quoted by the news agency.

Scientists have discovered in China a huge forest at a depth of 192 m

Chen Lixin, who led the expedition team into the cave, told Xinhua that the dense undergrowth at the bottom of the sinkhole was as high as a person’s shoulders and some of the ancient trees at the bottom were 40 meters tall. meters. m) high.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that species are found in these caves that have never been reported or described by science before,” Lixin said.

The Guangxi region of China is known for its beautiful and sometimes spectacular karst formations.

Leye County alone, where this current sinkhole was discovered, is home to several such sinkholes. The discovery of this new one brought the number of sinkholes in this county to 30, Xinhua reported.

Karst landscapes are formed primarily by the dissolution of bedrock, George Veni, executive director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) in the United States, told Live Science.

“Due to local differences in geology, climate and other factors, the way karst appears on the surface can be dramatically different,” he said.

“So in China you have this amazing, visually spectacular karst with huge sinkholes and giant cave entrances and so on,” he added.

“In other parts of the world, you walk in the karst and you really don’t notice anything. The sinkholes can be quite thin, only a meter or two in diameter. Entrances to caves can be very small, so you have to work your way through them.

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