Kef Toghobeit Cave

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Kef Toghobeit
Location near Bab Taza, Morocco
Coordinates 35°05′20″N 5°08′27″W / 35.088953°N 5.1407694°W / 35.088953; -5.1407694Coordinates: 35°05′20″N 5°08′27″W / 35.088953°N 5.1407694°W / 35.088953; -5.1407694
Depth 722 m
Length 3,918 m

Kef Toghobeit is a very deep cave in Chefchaouen Province, Tangier-Tétouan, in northern Morocco. The cave is nearly four kilometres long and over 700 metres deep.

Description[edit]

The cave is near the settlement of Bab Taza. At one time it was thought to be the deepest in Africa[1] but the discovery of deeper caves in Algeria mean that this is the deepest in Morocco. However just 1000 caves are known in Morocco and the geology would suggest thart more than this exist.[2]

The cave formed in the Rif Mountains where there is winter snowfall and an annual rainfall of 600 to 10000 mm. This rainfall maintains many of the rivers of Morocco and also creates deep caves. The cave is part of the 30,000 square kilometres of Karst formation in Morocco.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McWhirter, Norris, ed. (1977). Guinness book of records (24th ed. ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatioes Ltd. p. 62. ISBN 090042480X. 
  2. ^ a b Gunn, ed. by John (2003). Encyclopedia of caves and karst science. New York [u.a.]: Dearborn. p. 26. ISBN 1579583997.