Chinese scientists believe they have uncovered an ancient lost planet in a massive hole in south China, where they expect to find vegetation and fauna previously unknown to science.

According to Ancient Origins, the massive sinkhole was discovered near Ping’e hamlet in Guangxi’s Leye county. The depth of the newly discovered underground world is estimated to be 192 meters, with a length of 306 meters and a width of 150 meters.

Groundwater running through soluble layers and carbonate rocks like gypsum and limestone create this peculiar landscape type. These constructions are sometimes referred to as “heavenly holes” by the Chinese, and it’s simple to see why.

One of the world’s largest sinkholes has recently been identified.

While most other landslides in the world are filled with water (particularly in Mexico’s “Sinkhole Paradise”), this newly discovered spot in China is a lush oasis with trees reaching heights of up to 40 meters (130 ft).

“There are creatures in this cave which have never been recorded or described to science,” according to project leader Chen Lixin.

Another team member, Zhang Yuanhai, a senior engineer from the Karst Institute of Geology, said they came to an ‘other universe’ at the bottom of the hole.

Numerous scientists around the world are now eagerly awaiting data on any new species that may have been discovered. Botanists in China, for example, are at the forefront of the country’s attempts to counteract desertification by planting trees. They used to have a lot of problems since the plants they chose used up too much water. New plants – oh, sorry, old plants – growing in these magnificent settings, on the other hand, could make a difference.

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