Exploring new and massive Canadian caves

Canada is well-known for its breathtaking landscapes. We Canadians are well aware of how scenic our beautiful country is, and it’s always pleasant to hear about new discoveries pertaining to what our land has to offer.

According to an article from The Good News Network, a rather tremendous cave opening was uncovered back in 2018. “Just south of Alaska in British Columbia, Canada, amid the rugged countryside of Wells Gray Provincial Park, the entrance to a cave was discovered in 2018 that was so vast it could comfortably fit the entire Statue of Liberty in the antechamber,” the article says.

I’d say this is a pretty groovy discovery.

In case you’re curious as to why it took until 2018 to stumble across this wonder, there is an explanation. “Despite its entrance ranging 330 feet wide and 200 feet deep, it went undetected for so long, geologists believe, because a plug of ice had formed underneath a significant pile of snow. The steadily warming climate since the 1940’s, as confirmed by geological survey and satellite imagery, eventually caused the ice to collapse, revealing the scope of the massive feature,” the article explains.

Unfortunately, scientists have been experiencing a bit of trouble exploring this newly discovered wonder because of the dangers involved with the limited amount of time it is safe to enter. The article explains how “the snows must be gone and the water level of the river running down into it has to be sufficiently low—phenomena that only occur during September and some of October.”

Nicknamed the Sarlacc Pit by scientists, inspired by the monster in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, there is speculation that the opening may lead to an ancient cave system, which is pretty damn neat.

“The shaft at the opening consists of layers of recumbent folds of marble and garnet mica schist, with minor quartzite. In places, the marble has distributed quartz grains that stand out in relief against the calcite and sandy limestone,” says the article.

Canada never ceases to amaze me.

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