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 Post subject: Giant Crystal Cave NG update
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:24 pm 
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National Geographic has covered a return visit to these incredible caves... amazing! Sadly, the water that normally fills the caves will be soon be allowed to flood them again and they will be lost to exploration. The crystals are astonishingly huge and beautiful... this was my second time to see them (on TV) and I was as transfixed, and nearly as astounded, as the first time =D>
Here's a link... if it's too long you may have to cut & paste or do a Google search if it doesn't work:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... 00x450.jpg

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:49 pm 
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Amazing discovery :D :D :D =D> =D> =D>

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Here's a National Geographic video link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgUFb_l4DLE

:shock: :D =D>

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As a child, I was fascinated with geodes... I would imagine that I was a tiny little person climbing around inside one and exploring the formations. This is my childhood fantasy come true!!!

=D> \:D/ :D

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Those pictures are just awesome.
Kinda puts things in perspective.


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The Giant Crystal Cave was only discovered in the last 10 years... accidentally by miners. It really makes me wonder what other caves with equally/more magnificent formations lie beneath our feet in the earth's crust... kind of gives "Inner Space" a whole new dimension. :wink:

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8) i watched a special about the caves on dish network last year--totally awesome. unfortunately, we don't receive the nat'l geographic channel.

received an e-mail from pala mineral news yesterday on the caves.

links included in the palaminerals news e-mail:

the naica project/crystal caves:
http://www.naica.com.mx/english/index.htm

"Formation of natural gypsum megacrystals in Naica, Mexico"
http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/35/4/327.abstract

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/s ... tab-blog-2

from Palaminerals "Other October News"
http://www.palaminerals.com/news_2010_v2.php
"Naica’s famous selenite crystals were created in a stable environment of warm, mineral-rich water (as discussed in a 2006 Geology article), and discovered by accident as miners looked for lead, zinc, and silver. The crystals, now available for study as water has been removed from their caves, are the size of telephone poles, weighing up to 55 tons. (Other crystal caves, covered in the documentary, exhibit other features.) The caves are not hospitable, however, with their ambient temperature of 113°F and 90% humidity. Expeditions into the caves have been facilitated by the donning of “ice suits” and respirators that cool the skin, lungs, and eyes. Think “poached eggs” and you’ll have an idea of what five minutes of unmitigated cave exploration can do to the human body."


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Thank you for the additional links Gingerkid... fantastic!!!
=D> =D> =D> :!:

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