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Where Lot's wife froze, world's longest salt cave discovered, say explorers

Updated : 2019-03-28 13:20:21

Israeli researchers say they have discovered the world's longest salt cave near the desert site where, according to the Bible, Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt.

The 10-km-long warren of underground passages and chambers in Mount Sodom, overlooking the Dead Sea, was mapped out over two years by cavers from nine countries led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

A general view shows part of the interior of the Malham Cave, which Israeli researchers say is the world's longest salt cave, in Mount Sodom near the Dead Sea, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A general view shows part of the interior of the Malham Cave, which Israeli researchers say is the world's longest salt cave, in Mount Sodom near the Dead Sea, Israel. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Salt stalactites are seen inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Salt stalactites are seen inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A woman walks inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A woman walks inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Salt stalactites are seen inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Salt stalactites are seen inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Efraim Cohen, a member of Hebrew UniversityÕs Cave Research Center, stands next to salt stalactites inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
Efraim Cohen, a member of Hebrew UniversityÕs Cave Research Center, stands next to salt stalactites inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A salt stalactite is seen inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A salt stalactite is seen inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A woman crawls inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
A woman crawls inside the Malham Cave. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)
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