A huge cave gouged by melting snow and glaciers may be the biggest in Canada. The formation was spotted in April 2018 during helicopter passes to count caribou in Wells Gray Provincial Park in the western province of British Columbia.
The entrance is about 100 meters long and 60 metres wide and the line of sight almost straight downward is almost 183 meters. That makes it about the size of a soccer field.
Underground river may travel two km
There was a large volume of water flowing into the cave and it will be difficult to explore. One explorer believes the water forms an underground river that emerges more than two kilometres away and about 500 metres lower. If there is funding, exploration is expected to start in 2020.
The exact location of the cave is being kept secret in order to preserve the area.
Canadian Geographic reports the first people to spot the cave temporarily named it the “Sarlaac Pit,” a reference to a creature that lived underground in the Star Wars film Return of the Jedi. The province’s parks department will consult with local Indigenous people to determine whether there is an historical name for the cave.
With files from Canadian Press and Canadian Geographic.