Stalactite cave discovered in Jerusalem hills

The stalactite cave discovered in the Jerusalem hills. Credit: Lior Cohen/INPA.

( A 660-foot-long stalactite cave was discovered during construction work in the Jerusalem hills, representatives of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) and researchers from the Cave Research Unit of Hebrew University’s Geology Department announced Saturday.

Since the entrance to the cave still poses a danger, the site’s precise location was not reported. The cave was discovered after boulders at the construction site were blasted apart, revealing a large pit. When experts from the INPA went in with flashlights, they found the stalactite cave, which is currently being explored and mapped.

“While this isn’t a rare find, it’s definitely an interesting one,” said Uri Naveh, deputy head of the INPA’s central district, according to Israel Hayom.

Posted on September 21, 2014 .