UNESCO Meghalaya

Shillong, Oct 01: The Mawmluh Cave in Sohra, Meghalaya was selected by the International Union of Geological Sciences – IUGS (UNESCO) as one of the ‘FIRST 100 IUGS GEOLOGICAL SITES’ in the world. Meghalaya’s natural treasures have another time stuck with UNESCO’s attention.

Mawmluh Cave, regionally referred to as Krem Mawmluh, is thought for the ‘Meghalayan Age’. It is taken into consideration the fourth longest cave withinside the Indian Subcontinent and is thought of as the stalagmite systems and different rock formations withinside the caves.

Several scientists and geologists researched withinside the cave and determined massive stalactites and stalagmites. The stalagmite determined inner Mawmluh cave, placed at an elevation of 1,290 metres, made it into the Geologic Time Scale.

Meghalaya Chief minister Conrad K Sangma took to Twitter to percentage the news. Sangma, in his tweet, mentioned that the IUGS 60th Anniversary Event in Zumaia, Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark (Spain) will declare The First 100 IUGS Geological Heritage Sites selected from 181 candidate sites from 56 countries.

The Mawmluh Cave is a geological treasure field, in which rainwater has been slowly dripping from the ceiling in the same spots for over 1,000 years. With every drop, minerals withinside the water collect at the ground below, slowly developing into calcium carbonate towers called stalagmites.

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Stalagmite caves, as studies have shown, are greater than geological wonders: like tree rings, their layers document the region’s rainfall history. They additionally convey a caution approximately the ability for catastrophic multiyear droughts withinside the future.

These stalagmites have discovered a correct chronicle of intense and chronic droughts in India during the last 1,000 years coinciding with ancient activities just like the abandonment of Fatehpur Sikri through the Mughals (among 1585 and 1610) because of water shortage, the notorious Chalisa Famine (1783-84) in north India and the Deccan Famine (1630–32).