4.22.2010

Holy Crystal Cave Batman

If this place weren't 950 feet below sea level in a cave that tops 122 degrees I would totally go there. Too bad it combines my claustrophobia with my hatred of extreme heat because this place seems amazing.
From a recent issue of National Geographic:
Mexico's Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of Crystals) contains some of the world's largest known natural crystals—translucent beams of gypsum as long as 36 feet... Modern-day mining operations exposed the natural wonder by pumping water out of the 30-by-90-foot (10-by-30-meter) cave... The crystals thrived because they were submerged in mineral-rich water with a very narrow, stable temperature range—around 136 degrees Fahrenheit.
Apparently if they stopped pumping water out of the caves and let them fill back up these babies would continue to grow. BANANAS!
{images c/o National Geographic via This is Glamorous}

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Those photos are so crazy, they almost look fake!

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