A file picture of the Mulu Cave. A new cave named Conviction Cave has been discovered near Mulu. Pix source: worldheritage.routes.travel

KUCHING: The newly discovered cave at the Mulu National Park in Miri, Sarawak by a British explorer Andy Avis has been named “Conviction Cave”.

This was confirmed by Sarawak Forest Corporation chief executive officer Wong Ting Chung last night.

He said the name was given by Avis who discovered the cave on Oct 15 this year. Avis had been exploring the area since 1978.

Wong said it was a normal practice worldwide for the person who discovered any cave to be given the privilege to name it.

He said the beauty of the cave is its formation of the limestone layers. The age of the cave could be determined from the layers, Wong added.

“Nobody has stepped into the cave before this. Even the local natives did not know about its existence,” he said.

Wong said the distance from the Mulu Park headquarters to the Conviction Cave is about 15 kilometres or about two hours’ walk on a rugged path.

However, he said, the cave is not suitable for ecotourism because of the rugged path which made it difficult for people to reach.

“The cave is scientifically important because there is a vertical sharp limestone formation in it and a big hole which is more than 100 meters.

“The cave is untouched for over six million years and so it is a very significant discovery,” added Wong.

He said it was now up to the scientists and the state government to conduct studies on whether to develop the cave for ecotourism.--BERNAMA

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