Meghalaya Adventurer’s Association (MAA), recently during an expedition discovered the world’s longest sandstone cave which measures about 24,583 metres in length. The cave was discovered in 2016, but mapping the length of the cave was done recently during the expedition from February 5th to March 1st said Brian Daly Kharpran, a founding member of the organisation.
Krem Puri, the sandstone cave has also become India’s second largest cave in the general category. In the sandstone cave category, this cave is 6000 metres longer than the world record holder, the Cueva Del Saman in Venezuala which is about 18,200 metres in length.
The expedition team included 30 members comprising of members from UK, Ireland, Austria, Romania, Switzerland, Poland, the Netherlands, members of MAA, and four Italian scientists from La Venta.
The scientists gave their insights about the caves structure. The 25-day exploration mapped almost all of Krem Puri, with little leads left open, Kharpran said.
That apart, nine more partially explored and new caves were mapped. Overall, the 2018 expedition explored and mapped 22.8km of new cave passages said Kharpran, who has been exploring and mapping caves since 1992.
The whereabouts of more than 1,650 caves and cave locations are known in Meghalaya, of which over 1,000 have been explored or partially explored. According to official data, the state has 491km of surveyed caves.