Press Esc to close
Thursday 23 February 2017
News updated at 1:18 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34.5°C
Min : 19.3°C
In Bengaluru
clear sky

New caves discovered in Meghalaya

Shillong, Apr 4, 2013, (PTI):
With the discovery of 19 new caves in the Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya could now boast of 1,350 of them spanned over 387 kilometre, of which 887 caves have been explored including the country's longest Krem Liat.

The discovery was made by a team of international speleologists led by the Meghalaya Adventure Association (MAA) who successfully undertook an expedition recently to 21 caves in the state.

Speleologists from UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, Germany, and members of the host organisation besides two Romanian biologists and a city-based researcher were part of the 2013 team, MAA Secretary B D Kharpran, told PTI.
He said that during the 18-day expedition 19 new caves were explored and four partially explored ones were further explored and extended.

The team also collected information about a number of other caves in Moolapui village in the East Jaintia Hills district, he said.

During the expedition the Krem Khung in Larket area was re-estimated from 5,065 metre to 7,349 metre in length, making it India's 8th longest cave characterised by huge fallen boulders the size of houses, Kharpran said.

The 10th longest cave in the country, the Krem Labit Kseh in the Kopili Valley was re-estimated from the previous 5,910 meter to 6,802 meter in length with fine river passages and beautifully decorated dry relic passages like the Black Diamond Passage and Crystal Gallery.

Kharpran said this was one of the very few caves in India that had a profusion of rare gypsum formations resembling flowers.

The explorers also re-estimated the length of Krem Diengjem in the Krem Tyngheng-Diengjem cave system from 21,250 meter to 21,359 meter, almost touching the Krem Kotsati-Umlawan system which is India's 2nd longest cave at 21,450 meter, he said.

In December last year, adventurers from the MAA and an American speleologist successfully identified 12 new caves in in Amarsang village in South West Khasi Hills district near the Indo-Bangladesh border.

The expedition mapped 743 meter of Krem Amarsang, characterised by identical 3 meter wide deep wells all along the active stream, he said.

 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Fake notes of Rs 2000 which were dispensed by an SBI ATM in south Delhi...

Fake notes of Rs 2000 which were dispensed by an SBI ATM in south Delhi...

Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani gives envelop to a newly married couple of Brahmin Community.

Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani gives envelop to a newly married couple of Brahmin Community.

Tigers playing with each other in cage at Sarthana National Park (Surat) in Surat...

Tigers playing with each other in cage at Sarthana National Park (Surat) in Surat...

Akshar Yoga chain members performs stunts during the awareness programme on self defense ...

Akshar Yoga chain members performs stunts during the awareness programme on self defense ...

A speeding truck overturned at Atul Kataria Chowk in Gurugram on Wednesday. Two passengers...

A speeding truck overturned at Atul Kataria Chowk in Gurugram on Wednesday. Two passengers...

Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Aliya Bhatt during the promotion of their upcoming movie ...

Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Aliya Bhatt during the promotion of their upcoming movie ...

All India Agricultural University students participated 17th Agri Unifest procession...

All India Agricultural University students participated 17th Agri Unifest procession...

Election officers gather at a distribution centre to receive Electronic Voting Machines for their...

Election officers gather at a distribution centre to receive Electronic Voting Machines for their...

Polling officers receive polling material at a distribution center on the eve of fourth phase pol...

Polling officers receive polling material at a distribution center on the eve of fourth phase pol...

Polling officers collect election material before departing for their respective booths from a dis..

Polling officers collect election material before departing for their respective booths from a dis..

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523