A team of researchers have announced the discovery of a giant cave in British Columbia in Canada. Despite it’s enormous size, it has remained hidden until now.
It has been given the nick-name the “Well of Sarlacc” which gives reference to the giant vermiform creature that lives in the Tatoonie sands, in the Sea of Dunes found in the Star Wars universe. A team of geologists have recently announced the discovery of this cave which no one ever knew about before. This hidden, gaping hole was found in the Wells Grey Provincial Park in British Columbia.
“It is really enormous”
“My first reaction was to think that there couldn’t be a cave there, it’s impossible,” explained Catherine Hickson, the geologist in charge of the expedition, to Global News. It is enormous, really enormous! The cave discovered in April 2018 when park officials were trying to count caribou numbers in the area, is now described by researchers as “a cave of national significance“. According to the researchers, it’s a new “major discovery in Western Canada“.
The size of the cave is very impressive: 100 metres long and 60 metre high. As the speleologist John Pollack who tried to descend into the cave for the first time in Sempteber 2018 emphasised in the Canadian Geographic, “I have been into some of the biggest caves in the world. This entrance is really enormous and not just in Canadian terms .” However how could such an enormous cave remain undiscovered until now?
It could have been buried under the snow?
According to researchers, the site in Wells Gray Provincial Park site could have been buried under snow all year round, perhaps 20 to 50 years ago. The valley remains very difficult to access and only reindeer frequent the area. This could be another reason why there is limited data about this cave.
“The entrance is as impressive that alpinists, speleologists or park staff would normally have write down an descent attempt if it had been tried in the last 40 or 50 years,” says Pollack. No such narrative exists in the literature on speleology or mountaineering.
The exact location of the cave has not yet been unveiled so that the environment remains protected. A first descent (80 meters) was attempted last September, and researchers expect to continue analysis in the coming months.