Cave Of Crystals

In the year 2000, and by chance, the Cave Of Crystals was discovered. It is in the mines zone of Chihuahua (Mexico).

In this area, there are the most valuable mines of silver and lead in the world. This cave is filled with crystals of selenite (gypsum), some of the biggest ones in the world. Many of them are longer than 11 meters (36 feet).

This was possible due to the high temperatures reached inside the cave during thousands of years, approximately 58º Celsius (136.4º Fahrenheit). It is thought that these macro-crystals were formed under water, in a complex crystallization process, with uncommon conditions.

Nowadays there's no water in the Cave Of Crystals. Currently, the temperature of the cave is kept constant by a ventilation system, but there's some areas in the cave that reach 45º Celsius and more (113º Fahrenheit).

The humidity of the Cave prevents human beings from staying inside for more than 20 minutes.

The size of the Cave Of Crystals is 50 meters long and 30 meter width (164x98 feet approx).

The discoverers of this cave were two brothers: Eloy and Javier Delgado.

The access to the cave is restricted to avoid damages to the crystals. Only geologists, scientifics, and technical workers can access to it.

Maybe this cave reminds us the cave of Superman, but one more time, reality is much more awesome than fiction.

The Cave Of Crystals, a wonder of Nature, in the inners of the Earth.

-Emma Alvarez-

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Davidlind said...

A beautiful place.

Emma Alvarez said...

Yes David, beautiful and strange.

Greeneyezz said...

Emma - I like what you've done to the place! A very nice update.

And thanks for the beautiful and informative article. I am surprised that crystals get that large.

They're Beautiful!

I hope all is well with you and if you celebrate Easter, then I hope it was was a nice one for you!


Emma Alvarez said...

Thank you Greenyezz, glad you like it. I have had a peaceful and relaxing Ester. I needed it.

Anonymous said...

Hola Emma,

Perdone si escribo en español cuando todos lo hacen en inglés. Supongo hable usted en español, por su nombre.
Navegando encontré su página pero realmente lo que quiero decirle prefiero hacerlo en español por la belleza que impera en el lenguaje.
Ante todo permítame felicitarla por su bello y elegante modo de reflejar el arte digital, es realmente impresionante y llamativo.
Por otro lado y le ruego no tome a mal mis palabras cuando de ellas hago uso para expresarle mi sorpresa y admiración por tal belleza que en su rostro y cuerpo renace. Es realmente bella como el arte que emana de sus manos.
Estos perfectos y bellos cristales con total seguridad se empañarían y quebrarían ante su presencia.
Solo he sentido la necesidad de decirle estas palabras o más bien, de escribirlas ya que si de mi parte dependiera recorrería cielo y tierra para decírselas personalmente.
Un saludo y que tan bello arte y artista perduren por los siglos.

Emma Alvarez said...

Thank you, Anonymous. I'm really brushed for your compliments and a bit worried...I'll try to never go to the cave of crystals for not making an ecologic disaster :)

Troy said...

That cave is truly amazing indeed. I never imagined that there places in earth such as this one.


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