The Syrian Society for Exploration and Documentation discovered recently in Sweida city (Southern Syria) the largest volcanic cave in the country, naming it Soua’ada Cave.
Secretary of the Society Khaled Nuwailati said the exploration and documentation committees organized a walk in December 18 2009 after receiving information on undiscovered caves in that area.
Soua’ada cave was found after removing a large boulder blocking its entrance, revealing volcanic geological formations that are over 50,000 years old. There are numerous spaces that become larger deeper into the cave, with air currents showing that the cave has another opening. It is estimated that the cave is over 3 kilometers deep, which makes it the largest cave in Syria.
According to head of Sweida Department of Archeology Wasim al-Shaarani, the cave was formed by the flow of volcanic lava that cooled down and formed a long rectangular hollow area that expands the further one goes into the depths of the cave, which isn’t fully explored yet. …