Researchers in Afghanistan have discovered one of the world’s largest natural arches, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
The arch, located on the northern part of the Bamyan plateau in Central Afghanistan, spans over 200 feet across its base.
“It’s one of the most spectacular discoveries ever made in this region,” said Joe Walston, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Asia Program. “The arch is emblematic of the natural marvels that still await discovery in Afghanistan.”
The arch was discovered by Wildlife Conservation Society staff Christopher Shank and Ayub Alavi during a wildlife survey in late 2010. It is now named the Hazarchishma Natural Bridge after a nearby village.
The total span of arch is 210.6 feet in width making it the 12th largest natural bridge in the world. The largest is Fairy Bridge, which is located in Guangxi, China. It spans 400 feet.
WCS is working with the Afghan government and local communities to safeguard wildlife in the war-torn country.