Iranian Cavers Discover World’s Fourth Largest Cave Room
Iranian Cavers exploring a new cave have discovered one of the largest rooms in the world.
The limestone cave which contains it is known as Ghar-e-Dosar and is located near Mehriz, Yazd in central Iran.
Explored by cavers from Yazd and Isfahan, the explorers descended a winding vertical entrance for about 40 meters (130 feet) before entering a massive chamber.
On a return visit on February 29th, 2012, a team of eight cavers surveyed the cave. The results of their work has now finally been computed, with the dimensions of the sloping oval-shaped room found to be 385 meters (1263 feet) long by 265 meters (869 feet) wide with a height of about 70 meters (230 feet). At the deepest end of the chamber, the total depth of the cave is -143 meters (469 feet).
Using AutoCAD, the team was also able to calculate that the size of the room is some 81,000 square meters (20 acres), making it, according to caverbob.com’s list of the world’s largest rooms, the fourth largest in the world.