Saturday, February 20, 2010

Spectacular Crystal Cave

Image Credit: Unknown
Cueva de los Cristales

Wiki says that the 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.

Image Credit: Unknown
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 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.

Image Credit: National Geographic
Having worked for twelve years as a miner in one of the world's most famous mineral localities, I find this truly spectacular ...

... I've seen vugs of bright, shiny jewels and stood in caves completely surrounded by crystals but, I've never seen anything like this.

And those extreme temperatures, I know exactly what they mean.

Here's a link to an excellent photo set which will give you a better idea of the scale.



  1. Morning kind sir!

    This fantastic sight was highlighted in a BBC documentary last month. I hope that the link works...

  2. Those pics are amazing. When I first saw the first one I thought it was a close-up... until I saw the guy!!

  3. Thanks for the comments Dave and Eternally Distracted ...

    ... thanks also for the video link Dave ...

  4. I am a little intrigued that you were a miner.

    Thank you for sharing the crystals. Really, so far, all of what you have shared on your blog, from people to their creations to flowers to rocks, have been intriguing.

  5. Thanks for your kind comment Ocean Girl ...

    ... yes, I don't have many pics from that period of my life but I'll share what I've got sometime soon ...

  6. miner - stone house - makes sense to me.
    I've visited a few caves but they were the common type that are cool (50 F or 10 C) winter and summer.
    I followed the link and read the extremely high temperature. It's close to a magma vent or such. So that hot mine you worked in, was it because of volcanic activity?

  7. No lisleman, the temperatures were caused by poor ventilation or non-existent ventilation and depth - the deeper you go the hotter it gets ...

  8. A miner..that must have been a hard job?

  9. Hey Monica ... it was a tough, at times dangerous job but I was the 'ganger' - I had a team of guys working under me ... they did all the hard work ...

  10. Never seen like this before, beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thanks for the visit and comment babYpose