DThe "Windloch" cave recently discovered in the Bergisch Land is, according to researchers, much larger than expected. "We have now measured aisles with a total length of two kilometers and are far from the end arrived," said Stefan Voigt, chairman of the working group Kluterthöhle (AKKH), the German Press Agency. Voigt and other AKKH employees had discovered the million-year-old cave in Ründerother Mühlenberg near Engelskirchen and entered it for the first time in mid-March.
Since then, researchers have roped almost every weekend through the narrow entrance, which is about 15 meters to the ground, to explore the cave more closely and measure it with special electrical equipment. "It is a labyrinth in which you can easily get lost," said Voigt. Some courses are up to 40 meters long, five meters wide and ten meters high. "That's just gigantic."
Stalactites, crystals and corals
Unusually, the aisles are virtually free of obstacles. There would be a lot of mineral deposits, stalactites, crystals and corals.
How big the cave actually is, is not yet to estimate, said Voigt. With so far explored two kilometers in length, the "wind hole" officially applies as a large cave. From a passage of five kilometers, one speaks of a giant cave – this category includes, for example, the Klutert cave in Ennepetal and the Atta cave in Sauerland.
According to Voigt, the "wind hole" should not be made accessible to the public. Nearby is the Aggertal cave, which can be visited. According to their own information, the Speleological Association AKKH manages more than 300 caves in the western Sauerland and Bergisches Land alone.
. (tagsToTranslate) Stefan Voigt (t) German Press Agency (t) Bergisches Land (t) Engelskirchen