These stunning caves aren’t part of some fairy-tale world or horror movie – they can be found in some of the world’s most remote places in Asia, North America and Europe. Caves like these usually form when water seeps down through cracks in limestone rock. Over millions of years, these openings, and the limestone left behind by dripping water, can form the majestic caves you see here.
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These are the Waitomo Glowworm caves, a cave system in New Zealand known for its population of glowworms and other curious creatures. The glowing lights and hanging beaded threads are the work of Arachnocampa luminosa, a species of glowworm that lives only in New Zealand. In their larval stage, these insects release long strands of silk with beads of mucus, which serve to entrap prey insects as they fly by.
Son Doong Cave was found in 1991 by local man Ho Khanh. In 2009, a group of British cavers led by Howard Limbert explored the cave’s interior, only then realizing that it was possibly the greatest cave in the world. Son Doong Cave has dethroned Malaysia’s Deer Cave as the world’s largest.