'World's longest' salt cave discovered by Israeli researchers

Cave discovered near desert site where according to the Bible, Lot's wife was turned into pillar of salt


Reuters March 28, 2019
Boaz Langford, a member of Hebrew UniversityÕs Cave Research Center stands inside the Malham Cave.PHOTO: REUTERS

ISRAEL: Israeli researchers said on Thursday that they have discovered the world's longest salt cave near the desert site where, according to the Bible, Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt.

The 10-km (6-mile)-long warren of underground passages and chambers in Mount Sodom, overlooking the Dead Sea, was mapped
out over two years by cavers from nine countries led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

salt cave 2

During one dinner break in the Malham Cave, said the university's Boaz Langford, the explorers felt their pasta lacked seasoning:  "So we just broke some salt off one of the rocks and used that". Malham has taken a 13-year record held by the Cave of the Three Nudes, a 6,850 metre (4 mile)-long salt cave in Iran, the researchers said.

Sluiced by rain run-off that dissolves its surfaces, Malham will lengthen further over time, they added.
salt cave media members

COMMENTS (1)

Bunny Rabbit | 2 years ago | Reply What an old ancient culture . Our duty to safe guard all this and open this to tourists/ students / religious visitors .
Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read