Caves form over millions of years, as a result of flowing water slowly working away at ‘soft’ calcareous rock.
The Thai cave rescue should be used as opportunity to improve the planning of all future rescue missions in South-East Asia.
A scholar, who has conducted research on the Thai caves in which 12 children were recently trapped, explains their power and appeal, including the rituals and myth surrounding these sacred sites.
The looming prospect of a long stay in the cave has increased fears for the boys’ mental health.
Scientific fieldwork that happens underground and underwater in spectacular but dangerous caves opens a window on a largely unknown world.