Malaysian Cave Could be 1,500 Million Years Old

January 24, 2012 / Malaysia, Asia
Gua Tempurung

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New findings by a Chinese geologist suggests that Malaysia’s popular Gua Tempurung show cave is actually much older than previously thought.

Although earlier studies had shown that the cave was only 400 million years old, Zhou Shunbin, head of geology department of the Guangzhou Province’s Education Association, believes that the cave is at least 1,500 million years old.

Evidence of its age is given in one of the rock formations, known as “meat rock”, which has been estimated to have taken at least 1,500 million years to form.

This new revelation has now prompted further studies of the cave by government officials.

At over 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) long, Gua Tempurung is one of the longest caves on the Malay Peninsula.

Update: See Liz’s comment below.

Cave believed to be 1,500mil years old [Northern – New Straits Times]

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  1. January 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Unfortunately this article is “inaccurate”. The Chinese language paper on the same day quoted the cave as being 150 million years. Normally geologists say the age of the rock is around 200 myo, and the cave not more than 5 myo.

    There is no way any geologist can date a rock simply by looking at it.

    The Star on Jan 23 then reported the “meat rock” is jasper. Jasper is not found in limestone. The “meat rock” is probably calcite.

    Note the spellings of the geologist’s name : NST calls him Zhou Shunbin, Star calls him Zhou SinBun.

    As it is Visit Perak Year 2012 it seems in typical Malaysian style to report anything in an effort to encourage visitors.

    • Caving News
      January 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      This article definitely led to some confusion.

      Thanks for clearing everything up Liz!


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