A new stalagmite and stalactite cave discovered in the Jerusalem Hills (photo credit: Lior Cohen, Nature and Parks Authority)
A large stalactite and stalagmite cave was recently discovered in the Jerusalem hills, it was announced on Saturday. But the location is being kept secret, so as to ensure the public does not enter before steps have been taken to ascertain how the ancient cavern and its formations can be preserved.
The cave, which was described in initial reports as “huge,” was uncovered during construction work in the region. Officials at the Nature and Parks Authority are now working along with members of the Hebrew University’s Cave Research Unit to investigate and map out the cavern.
The exact location of the cave is being kept secret as officials said they did not want people wandering into it, for their own safety as well as for the sake of preserving the rare geological phenomenon. The same process of secrecy was initially maintained almost 50 years ago, when the renowned Avshalom stalactite cave near Beit Shemesh — some of whose formations date back 300,000 years — was first found.
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