XUAN EN, CHINA - JUNE 23: A rainbow is seen at a 290-meter deep karst sinkhole, located near the village of Luoquanyan, on June 23, 2021 in Xuan en County, Enshi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hubei Province of China. (Photo by Song Wen/VCG via Getty Images)

5 Fun and Exciting Things to Do With China’s Newly Discovered Sinkhole

Just when we thought that 2020 and 2021 were the years of bizarre events and great despair, 2022 came rolling in and said “hold my beer.” In China, scientists uncovered what is essentially a Forrestal Narnia inside a massive sinkhole.

In May, Chinese speleologists (yes, that’s a gig) repelled into a massive sinkhole in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and discovered trees more than 100 feet tall growing in the sparse light. Seriously, a whole freaking civilization appears to be existing inside this environmental phenomenon, although we will surely find a way to eff it up and reduce it to rubble. What’s crazier is that these sinkholes are not uncommon in certain parts of China, particularly due to something called “karst topography.” We here at Mandatory are by no means scientists nor can we even pretend to be scientists, but apparently, this type of landscape is formed by the dissolution of bedrock.

But just when you thought a freaking massive sinkhole containing a rich, lush forest was pretty freaking epic, it turns out a whole host of species could be chilling down there. According to scientists, Karst caves can provide an oasis for life. Who knew that sinkholes carried such significance, right? It almost makes us wish that we’d discovered one of these bad boys in our garage, but then that might cause our homeowners insurance to go up. That’s why we have decided to come up with some fun and exciting things to do with the China sinkhole.

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