Thursday, September 19, 2019

I Don't Want To Visit Here...!

Now this is one cave I really don't want to visit anytime soon. I'm not crazy about caves anyway, but this one is more than likely first on my list of "I'll pass" places, if you know what I mean.

Movile Cave 
The Cave With an Atmosphere of Sulfur

In south-eastern Romania, there is a cave that was locked away from the slightest ray of light for 5.5 million years—and that has a completely different atmosphere from the earth.

The cave was discovered by workers looking to set up a powerplant. They tested the ground to see if it was a safe place to build—and cracked open a pathway that leads into one of the strangest places on earth.

If you descend through the narrow shaft and past a series of tunnels, you enter a chamber with a lake of sulphuric water stinking of rotting eggs. The air there is toxic, filled with hydrogen sulphide and contaminated with 100 times the surface’s levels of carbon dioxide.

The strangest part, though, is that a whole ecosystem has survived inside it. Researchers have found 33 species inside the cave that don’t exist anywhere outside of it. They’ve adapted to survive in a sulphuric atmosphere, living by feeding off a foam on top of the stones.

I'd say this place is a good place to stay away from, but certainly a worthy topic for discussion over coffee...right?

Coffee inside again. It won't stop raining.


Mamahen said...

Sounds like this place could give new meaning to the phrase Hell on earth...I'm with you on putting it on the top of do not go there list:))

linda m said...

Sounds like an interesting place to explore, but certainly not by me. You won't catch me going into "hell on earth".

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Couldn't agree more with you on that, my friend.
Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Hey Linda...
Yeah, I'll leave that task for someone else as well.
Many thanks for coming by today!

JO said...

WOW sounds like something I could pass on for a visit. Yes good topic for coffee around the table

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
I feel the same, dear.
Thanks for dropping by today!

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Near the top of my "Do Not Go Here" bucket list.

Are you ok in the rain - tried calling you several times - please call me back ~

Big hugs

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...
Haven't floated away yet. Guess that's a good thing. leaks in my roof. Another good sign.
Many thanks for coming over today!