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In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one thing. Below it lies a cave that has remained isolated for 5.5 million years. While our ape-like ancestors were coming down from the trees and evolving into modern humans, the inhabitants of this cave were cut off from the rest of the planet. Despite a complete absence of light and a poisonous atmosphere, the cave is crawling with life. There are unique spiders, scorpions, woodlice and centipedes, many never before seen by humans, and all of them owe their lives to a strange floating mat of bacteria.
In 1986, workers in communist Romania were testing the ground to see if it was suitable for a power plant, when they stumbled across the Movile Cave. Romanian scientist Cristian Lascu was the first to make the dangerous descent.
To enter, you must first be lowered by rope 20m down a narrow shaft dug into the ground
In the lake room, the atmosphere is heavy with harmful gases
it contains just 10% oxygen rather than the usual 20%
That means the water isn't coming from above, so it must be coming from below. It now seems that the water in Movile Cave comes from spongy sandstones where it has lain for 25,000 years.
However, this still doesn't explain how the animals in the cave survive. Tests have shown that the water flowing in does not contain any food particles.
Instead, the food comes from the strange frothy foam sitting on top of the water.
Movile Cave was the inspiration for this movie. It is really horrifying but the awesome kind of horrifying! Reply