In Gunung Mulu National Park on the island of Borneo, there are entire labyrinths of caves hiding underground, which scientists have been exploring for three decades and the end of this work has not yet been seen. These caves have already been explored by adventure seekers, extreme activities fans, and ordinary tourists. This cave formation is thought to be one of the largest, if not the largest in the world. Scientists say they have already mapped and marked almost 300 kilometers of caves, but how many kilometers are remaining unexplored, no one can say that so far.
Exploring Meter by Meter
Using lasers and other modern tools, researchers create maps not only for scientific purposes, but also for tourists of the national park who cannot stand to explore at least a few meeters underground. In this underground world of darkness, where even the slightest ray of sunshine never falls, there are not only peculiar fauna, but even peculiar mountains and waterfalls. Unexplored caves go deep into the mountains. It is possible that some of their branches extend even below sea level. Borneo is the sixth highest island in the world, its highest point is Mount Kinabalu rising to an altitude of 4,095 meters. In some places, the gaps in the caves are so narrow that a person who wants to pass through them should take away not only his equipment, but also his clothes. But sometimes speleologists end up in such huge halls that could n hold at least 30 football fields.
Amazing Natural Wonder
This natural reserve is in the state of Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia. The island itself is located in Southeast Asia and belongs to the largest archipelago of Malay. Politically, this place is divided between Indonesia in the south (Kalimantan), Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) in the east, and the Sultanate of Brunei in the north.
Gulung – Buddha (White Mountain) is located in the heart of Gulung Mulu National Park, in the humid tropical jungle. Therefore, it is not surprising that these caves were first discovered by British speleologists only in 1984. At that time, the group of scientists was struggling to make their way through the jungle and suddenly found an unexpected cave. Later, scientists found more of such caves. The vast territory of Lunung-Buddha is rich in wildlife, so scientists are keen to explore this unseen world of darkness.
There are no buildings or roads in this reserve. At the entrance to the caves, the participants of the expedition wiped out the plant area with their hands so that a tent could be erected here, and a temporary camp set up. On their shoulders, they stretched all the necessary things here: tools for research, a searchlight with many elements, food, even drinking water. The climate here is “deadly”: extreme heat and humidity all year round. Due to moisture, everything spoils very quickly: food, clothes, rust tools. And in caves, people often must crawl instead of going. Their clothing is between the miner and the climber.