Dragon's Breath Cave

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Dragon's Breath Cave is a cave located 46 kilometres (29 mi) northwest of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region of Namibia. It was discovered in 1986 and is named for the moist air rising from its entrance.[1]

The cave contains the world's largest non-subglacial underground lake,[1] with an area of almost 2 hectares (4.9 acres).[2] The lake is located around 100 metres (330 ft) below the surface.[3] Its total depth is unknown, though exploration to date suggests it is at least 100 m.[4]

The Aigamas cave in the Otjozondjupa region is the only known habitat of the golden cave catfish (Clarias cavernicola).[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b Kelly, Daniel (24 January 2014). "Dragon's Breath Cave Holds the World's Largest Underground Lake". Lake Scientist. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Dragon's Breath, Namibia". National Geographic. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Namibia's hidden depths". Travel Namibia Magazine. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  4. ^ Fileccia, Alessio (2012). "Namibian ground water systems" (PDF). Speleo Diversity. Retrieved 2013-01-07. 
  5. ^ Cave catfish (Clarias cavernicola) at ARKive. Images of Life on Earth
  6. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2011). "Clarias cavernicola" in FishBase. December 2011 version.

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Coordinates: 19°28′05″S 17°47′08″E / 19.46806°S 17.78556°E / -19.46806; 17.78556