|Location||Zagros Mountains, Iran|
|Depth||751 m (2,464 ft) |
|Length||1.36 km (0.85 mi)|
Ghar Parau is a cave in the Zagros Mountains, north of Kermanshah in Western Iran. It is the deepest cave in Iran.This cave was registered as a National Natural Monument by Mr. Farshad Fattahi in Department of Environment of Iran.
A British led caving expedition to the Zagros Mountains in 1971 led to the discovery of the cave. The cave was rapidly explored to a depth of -750m and was left with open passage. At the time the deepest cave in the world was the Reseau de la Pierre St-Martin with a depth of 1,174 m (3,852 ft), meaning that Ghar Parau was an excellent prospect for the deepest cave in the world. The team returned the following year and passed their previous limit, but to their great disappointment the cave sumped almost immediately. To be "Ghar Paraued" became a term used in British caving for a small, disappointing breakthrough following great effort to discover new passage.
- "The Russian Iran-Ghar Parau Expedition 2006". Caving in Iran. 14 October 2009. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
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