Gigantic cave discovered in Belgium

Posted on May 5th 2014

A GIGANTIC cave with more than three kilometres of passageways has been discovered in southern Belgium, it has been revealed.

The dramatic discovery was made in the small village of Sprimont, near Liege, by Albert Dubois and Albert Briffoz. Researchers believe the cave, christened Noû Bleû, could hold crucial clues to the region.

The cave system is divided into a number of large halls and galleries with a river running through them. The rooms feature impressive stalactites, stalagmites, columns and flow stone which has taken thousands of years to form. 

The discovery was made on private land in December 2012 but details were kept secret while experts negotiated with the landowner for access to the site for research purposes.

Researchers from the University of Liège believe the site could offer well-preserved geological and sedimentological information," according to speleologists from the university unique to this region.

Mr Dubois, of the Ourthe-Amel cave research club, said the cave was found by accident when a layer of rock was removed to reveal the entrance. "We arrived at the top of the well that was about eight metres down. After that we saw the water flowed three or four metres further down. We were sure we had found the main underground river across the valley of Sprimont."

Mr Briffoz added: "IT is a complete cave, it has a river, it has beautiful areas. There is the wild part of the river, escalations, well it's rare in Belgium."

The caves were found on land owned by stone aggregates quarry firm, Sagrex. Operations Manager, Franco Cosantini, said: "The decision of the company is to preserve the discovery for us and for future generations. This means we will make every effort not to break the cave and we have agreement with members of the caving club to determine a safe area over the cave which we will not exceed in order not to damage it."

The Mayor of Sprimont, Claude Ancion, said he would like to see the cave turned into a popular tourist attraction like the Caves of Han, in Namur province. He admits, however, that it won’t be easy because the caves fall under private property.

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