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Mexicos Crystal Cave

Updated on January 30, 2010

Naica Mexicos Crystal Cave

In 2000 two miners of the Naica mine south of Chihuahua City Mexico broke through a wall and came upon a natural wonder of the world that still has Geologists reeling today. A cave one thousand feet down from the Earth's surface housed the most amazing and largest crystals ever discovered. These massive crystal formations gleamed to life in front of two men and the mine shaft was diverted. Soon the miners were trying to gather crystals and the mine company built a door to protect the find. 

To create such massive crystalline structures three things are needed. Time being one, Heat in abundance, and a massive amount of water. The Naica mine has all three. Sitting on top of a lava chamber the mine came about for the deposits of gold silver and zinc in the ground. These are created by volcanic activity. A large ground water table was drained so the mine could expand and not be flooded, this is how the chamber came to be exposed. Never before had human eyes gazed upon such large alien like and beautiful structures produced in the heat of the earth. The pressures and heat in the chamber can kill a person in a matter of minutes literally cooking them alive. So time in the chamber is limited. But it must be worth it to brave these odds and see a world unlike anything one will see in their life.


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      Portamenteff 8 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Awesome. Really amazing hub. Please continue to hub on the development of this discovery!

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Once again, another fascinating and informative hub. I'm learning things I never knew and I thank you.