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    October 20, 2008–A cave explorer stands before an imposing stalagmite–made of mineral deposits–near an entrance to the Xe Bang Fai River cave in central Laos.

    An expedition in February 2008, co-led by veteran caver John Pollack, comprehensively mapped and photographed the 5.9-mile (9.5-kilometer) length of the little-known cavern for the first time.

    The spelunking team encountered some of the largest rooms and most impressive structures of any river cave on Earth, Pollack said.

    A river cave is any cave with an active water source flowing through it.

    Everything about the cave is big–from its towering entrances to its phobia-inducing spiders, which can be 10 inches (25 centimeters) across, Pollack added.

    "It's also extremely well decorated with spectacular formations," Pollack said







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    my god, that's incredible!

    I'll never go though. Foot long spiders don't appeal.
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    that is awsome ,but yeah the giant spiders are a bit of a turnoff

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    They should use that for Spielberg films.

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    Impressive. I'd love to go.
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    STUNNING! Wow.
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    That's one of the coolest things I've ever seen. But I agree with Grimmlok -- the foot-long spiders kind of take away the "must go there" aspect.

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    just remarkable. i'd never go though, i'll rely on pictures. the thought of actually getting stuck in a cave is terrifying.
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    The spiders are a deal breaker. I guess I can live the rest of my life with not seeing that in person!
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    I'd go, spiders and all.

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    We have many like this in here,no spiders,just tourists..lol.
    I d love to see it,it looks fantastic.
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    The cave is beautiful, but now I'm having flashbacks. I blame my severe arachnophobia on visit to the zoo with a summer camp group.

    I can't remember if it was San Diego or DC, but we went through this dark exhibit room and the guide was saying they were very proud of some sort of Amazonian spider they had that could grow up to 14 inches across and then a "bump" on a tree detached itself and started walking and it was one of the spiders. Its still the only time in my entire life where I've just flat out fainted. I was 8 or 9 and the thing could have wrapped itself completely around my torso.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    The cave is beautiful, but now I'm having flashbacks. I blame my severe arachnophobia on visit to the zoo with a summer camp group.

    I can't remember if it was San Diego or DC, but we went through this dark exhibit room and the guide was saying they were very proud of some sort of Amazonian spider they had that could grow up to 14 inches across and then a "bump" on a tree detached itself and started walking and it was one of the spiders. Its still the only time in my entire life where I've just flat out fainted. I was 8 or 9 and the thing could have wrapped itself completely around my torso.
    Ewww...I don't like spiders. There was a huge one in my tomato plant this summer and I didn't pick any tomatoes this summer because of it.
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    I agree with the assessment of this spectacular view, worth visiting Laos just to see this magnificent structure, but I also agree about the spiders is just too nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariesoleil View Post
    Ewww...I don't like spiders. There was a huge one in my tomato plant this summer and I didn't pick any tomatoes this summer because of it.
    That's kind of freaky to think about. My tomato plants were so thick this summer that I was just blindly reaching into them pulling out tomatos, and hoping something wouldn't bite me.

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