Caves of the World #3: The Cave of Crystals, Mexico (W/Full Video)_

Photo: A man standing next to a giant gypsum crystal in the Cave of Crystals, Mexico. CREDIT: National Geographic SOURCE Wikipedia

from Daily Mail On Line

The Cave of Crystals discovered 1,000 ft below a Mexican desert

By VICTORIA MOORE

Created 10:15 PM on 27th October 2008

Until you notice the orange-suited men clambering around, it’s hard to grasp the extraordinary scale of this underground crystal forest.

Nearly 1,000ft below the Chihuahua Desert in Mexico, this cave was discovered by two brothers drilling in the Naica lead and silver mine. It is an eerie sight.

Up to 170 giant, luminous obelisks – the biggest is 37.4ft long and the equivalent height of six men – jut across the grotto like tangled pillars of light; and the damp rock of their walls is covered with yet more flawless clusters of blade-sharp crystal. . . . Read Complete Report w/National Geographic photos

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from National Geographic

Cavern of Crystal Giants
By Neil Shea
National Geographic Staff
Photograph by Carsten Peter, Speleoresearch & Films

In a nearly empty cantina in a dark desert town, the short, drunk man makes his pitch. Beside him on the billiards table sits a chunk of rock the size of home plate. Dozens of purple and white crystals push up from it like shards of glass. “Yours for $300,” he says. “No? One hundred. A steal!” The three or four other patrons glance past their beers, thinking it over: Should they offer their crystals too? Rock dust on the green felt, cowboy ballads on the jukebox. Above the bar, a sign reads, “Happy Hour: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.” . . . Read Complete Report w/ photos

from youtube

Into The Lost Crystal Caves (Full)

Published on May 31, 2012

Posted by cosmiceon

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