PHOTOS: Gigantic River Cave Revealed in Laos

PHOTOS: Gigantic River Cave Revealed in Laos
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The Xe Bang Fai River cave's gaping downstream entrance was used as a daily staging point for the February 2008 trip, funded by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council.

The cave has two known entrancesone upstream and one downstream.

The exploration team spent ten days surveying and photographing the cave, communicating in the darkness by walkie-talkie, and traveling by lightweight, inflatable kayaks.

The adventurers' longest day in the cave lasted 17 hours.
—Photograph by Dave Bunnell
 
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