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Iranian-Czech team discovers world's longest salt cave in Qeshm

Qeshm Island, Jan 21, IRNA-The world's longest salt cave has been unearthed in Qeshm Geopark by Iranian and Czech experts, said the Saturday issue of the Persian morning daily, Iran.

A report released by the Public Relations Department of Qeshm Free Zone (QFZ) said that survey which has been underway at the island's salty caves for the past month resulted in the discovery of the cave.

A scientific group from Czech Charles University, one from the Geological Department of Czech Science Academy and another from Geological Department of Shiraz University worked for a month comprised the excavation team.

"Head of QFZ Department of Environment Bijan Farhang-Darrehshuy said that the new 800-meter-long branch of the cave recently discovered in the area is known as the world's longest of its type.

The 5,685-meter-long salt cave in the occupied Palestine was considered the longest prior to this discovery, which was officially declared jointly by Czech and Shiraz Universities on January 17, 2006.

The discovery of the salt cave at Qeshm Geopark will be officially declared in a few days and an official report will be dispatched to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Besides, at UNESCO next meeting, Iran will propose registration of Qeshm Geopark in the list of the world geoparks supervised by the organization.

Given that no more cave salts are likely to be unearthed in the occupied lands, the salt caves on Qeshm Island will undoubtedly be the largest throughout the world.

... Payvand News - 1/21/06 ... --

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