UW World to WY Lecture Series Bring You:

Mark Jenkins, from National Geographic & the University of Wyoming to talk about his adventures exploring the biggest cave on Earth!

Where: Teton County Library

When: Sunday, March 15th at 3:00pm

Hidden deep in the jungles of central Vietnam, near the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail, is a network of massive caves. Created by underground rivers cutting their way through limestone, these caves were used as shelters by the Vietnamese during the American bombing campaigns in the 1960s. Over the past two decades, a team of British spelunkers – cavers – had been penetrating ever deeper into these gigantic caverns.

National Geographic writer, Mark Jenkins, was invited on an expedition to descent into what would turn out to be the largest cave ever discovered: Hang Son Doong.

Exploring this cave was so treacherous and difficult, that the team actually lived underground for days to complete the first descent. The acknowledged Mt. Everest of caves, Hang Son Doong is so vast a skyscraper can fit inside!

In this presentation, Mark Jenkins will take the audience across Vietnam, culturally and geographically – it’s violent history, remarkable recovery and vibrant present – and down into the dark belly of the earth.

Sponsored by: University of WY, Global Area Studies, WY Humanities Council, InterConnections 21 & UW Outreach Program.

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