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Mexico's Crystal Cave

Mexico's Crystal Cave - cave, crystals, beautiful, nature
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Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave (Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) deep in Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The cave's largest crystal found to date is 11 m (36 ft) in length, 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The cave is 27 m (89 ft) in length and 9 m (30 ft) in width. The cave is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 C (136 F) with 90 to 100 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to the extreme temperatures and high humidity. Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time.
A group of scientists known as the Naica Project have been heavily involved in researching these caverns.
Naica lies on an ancient fault and there is an underground magma chamber below the cave. The magma heated the ground water and it became saturated with minerals, including large quantities of gypsum. The hollow space of the cave was filled with this mineral rich hot water and remained filled for about 500,000 years. During this time, the temperature of the water remained very stable at over 50°C. This allowed microscopic crystals to form and grow. They continued to grow to immense sizes.



The cave was discovered in 2000 by miners excavating a new tunnel for the Industrias Penoles mining company located in Naica, Mexico, while drilling through the Naica fault, which they were concerned would flood the mine. The mining complex in Naica contains some of the world's largest deposits of silver, zinc, and lead.
The Cave of Crystals is a horseshoe-shaped cavity in limestone rock. Its floor is covered with perfectly-faceted crystalline blocks. Huge crystal beams jut out from both the blocks and the floor. The caves are accessible today because the mining company's pumping operations keep them clear of water. If the pumping were stopped, the caves would again be submerged.
In 1910 miners discovered another cavern beneath Naica, the Cave of Swords. It is located over the Cave of Crystals and contains spectacular, smaller crystals. It is speculated that transition temperatures may have fallen much more rapidly, leading to an end in the growth of the crystals.
leo19 Uploaded by leo19 on . Mexico's Crystal Cave - Desktop Nexus Nature Download free wallpapers and background images: Mexico's Crystal Cave. Desktop Nexus Nature background ID 440835. Cave of the Crystals or Giant Crystal Cave (Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) deep in Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The cave's largest crystal found to date is 11 m (36 ft) in length, 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The cave is 27 m (89 ft) in length and 9 m (30 ft) in width. The cave is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 C (136 F) with 90 to 100 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to the extreme temperatures and high humidity. Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time.
A group of scientists known as the Naica Project have been heavily involved in researching these caverns.
Naica lies on an ancient fault and there is an underground magma chamber below the cave. The magma heated the ground water and it became saturated with minerals, including large quantities of gypsum. The hollow space of the cave was filled with this mineral rich hot water and remained filled for about 500,000 years. During this time, the temperature of the water remained very stable at over 50°C. This allowed microscopic crystals to form and grow. They continued to grow to immense sizes.



The cave was discovered in 2000 by miners excavating a new tunnel for the Industrias Penoles mining company located in Naica, Mexico, while drilling through the Naica fault, which they were concerned would flood the mine. The mining complex in Naica contains some of the world's largest deposits of silver, zinc, and lead.
The Cave of Crystals is a horseshoe-shaped cavity in limestone rock. Its floor is covered with perfectly-faceted crystalline blocks. Huge crystal beams jut out from both the blocks and the floor. The caves are accessible today because the mining company's pumping operations keep them clear of water. If the pumping were stopped, the caves would again be submerged.
In 1910 miners discovered another cavern beneath Naica, the Cave of Swords. It is located over the Cave of Crystals and contains spectacular, smaller crystals. It is speculated that transition temperatures may have fallen much more rapidly, leading to an end in the growth of the crystals.
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sweetwitchy
Posted by sweetwitchy on 12/29/11 at 06:03 PM
I did too, just watched it last week :) The tour through the cave was incredible!!!
Prosperity88
Posted by Prosperity88 on 12/29/11 at 05:53 PM
I seen this on a Documentary on Discovery Channel. Quite Amazing.
sweetwitchy
Posted by sweetwitchy on 09/02/10 at 07:28 PM
Absolutely amazing!! Thanks for the info!!
vallanna
Posted by vallanna on 09/01/10 at 06:59 PM
What an incredible sight! Awesome!!!! I just had to come back for the info... Thanks ever so much!
sawnoff
Posted by sawnoff on 09/01/10 at 09:02 AM
I watched a docu about this very cave. it was
Awesome!!...but I am pleased that the cave is so
inhospitable to man. hopefully less damage or destruction will be caused....Crystals are very
powerful, healing, protective, spiritual and calming
but so fragile.
thank you for all the info and the upload.
fav +1 ( I would give you more pts if I could )
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Uploaded By: leo19
Date Uploaded: August 31, 2010
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Category: Forces of Nature

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