Trespassing in a freshly discovered cave now carries a $1 million charge.
A cave recently discovered in a secluded valley in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park might become the region’s focal point. The helicopter team who discovered the cave’s entrance named it Sarlacc’s Pit.
The British Columbia provincial government has blocked off the area around a recently found cave, which is said to be the biggest in Canada, in order to preserve it and protect the public.
If you wish to encroach on these grounds, you face a $1 million penalty. A helicopter crew traversed the cave in the northeast section of Wells Gray Provincial Park in March. With a depth equivalent to the length of a soccer field, it is the biggest known cave of its sort.
The location was kept a secret by the researchers.
The cave and its surrounding surroundings are now closed to the public, according to British Columbia Parks. Many people attempting to reach the ground face a fine of up to a million dollars or a year in prison.
Geologist Catherine Hickson, a scholar who is not part of the rescue crew, welcomes the conclusion since it was a letdown.
She has already highlighted how dangerous the cave’s location is. In September, she paid her first visit to the site.
The cave’s entry pit is approximately 100 meters long and 60 meters deep. Because of the fog created by the waterfall that rushes into the aperture, measuring the depth is extremely difficult. The tests, however, show that the cave is at least 135 meters long.
Only extremely experienced climbers, according to Hickson, will be able to access the cave safely, and that does not even allow for climbing into it. She admits that this is not a place for ordinary tourists, and even experienced climbers would struggle to reach the cave with the gear they require.
It’s also inconvenient to travel to the cave site. In the summer, a long paddle and a torturous climb will be required, with no support for the duration of the voyage. Things would be even more difficult in the winter when a ski journey through unmapped terrain would be necessary. And if you were to be murdered along the route, it would necessitate a costly emergency expedition to save you.
Sarlacc’s Pit was named by the cave’s similarity to the lair of Sarlacc, the beast from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. The cave is the most well-known example of a kind of cave known as striped karst. This is marble interlaced with various types of old rock found in the sea.
Hickson confirmed that after negotiations with First Nations, the cave will be legally and legitimately named. She also stated that more examinations and study into caverns and geography will be conducted, with results expected by 2020 depending on financing.