Mexico’s Cave of Crystals

    Among the largest crystals known to man, the beams of selentite found deep below Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert are breathtaking. Nearly a thousand feet below the Earth’s surface and in one of the country’s most productive silver and lead mines, Cueva de los Cristales was discovered by a pair of brothers working for the Naica mine.

    The glistening beams are the product of calcium sulfate saturated groundwater filtering through the numerous limestone caves of Naica for hundreds of thousands of years, warmed by the resonating heat of the magma below. Preliminary research suggests the crystals to be at least 600,000 years old and the process of accretion was only halted in 1985 when, unbeknownst to cave workers who lowered the water table with industrial pumps, drained the cavernous cathedral of crystals.

    Over 140 of the expansive crystals have been documented with estimations of their numbers around 170. Along with the cave of crystals, the mine is also home to others caves named for their peculiar formations: Eye of the Queen, Cave of Candles, and Cave of Swords. The largest crystal discovered to this point was a massive 37.4 feet. Good luck finding a museum to fit any of these examples in. Efforts are being made to preserve the cave to prevent looters and such from ruining its pristine formations.

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    Among the largest crystals known to man, the beams of selentite found deep below Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert are breathtaking. Nearly a thousand feet below the Earth’s surface and in one of the country’s most productive silver and lead mines, Cueva de los Cristales was discovered by a pair of brothers working for the Naica mine.

    6 comments on “Mexico’s Cave of Crystals”

    1. Justin Wright says on November 17, 2008 at 5:24 pm:

      Wow this is amazing! I never knew a cave could have crystal formations like this.

    2. Hotel Discount Expert says on November 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm:

      well it’s absolutely amazing .. and it’s BIG! such a beautiful cave and I am sure so many people would love to see it :-)

    3. Fiamma says on December 12, 2008 at 12:13 am:

      AStonishing.. mother nature can not be rivalled.

    4. Nick Cobb says on February 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm:

      Browsing: http://tinyurl.com/599er3 (SU Please) 40 foot crystals? Looks like Superman’s cave.

    5. vixs says on March 15, 2009 at 3:18 pm:

      Behold nature at what she knows how to do best….CREATE!! Unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking…..I’ve always thought that caves are mysteriously beautiful but this takes the cake!!

    6. Danyell Morarity says on April 7, 2010 at 5:21 am:

      Another Good write up, I will bookmark this in my StumbleUpon account. Have a great day.

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