Saturday, October 09, 2010

Into the lost crystal caves airs tonight at 8:pm

NGC goes inside one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet - a giant crystal cave described as Superman's fortress, with magnificent crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. A team of experts venture into the cavern, enduring scorching-hot temperatures that could kill a human after just 15 minutes of exposure. They'll push the boundaries of physical limitation to explore a crevasse that could lead to another - and perhaps more spectacular - crystal cave. Read more

But remember this? We discussed this but please catch the program if you can

Unbelievable! Remember the movie journey to the center of the earth based on the Jules Verne story from 1959 with the fabulous larger than life wonders below the earth? I never heard of this! It was recently accidently discovered when a hole was knocked in a mine. It is thought of as an inconvenience and there are plans to flood it when the mine plays out. I hope they can not do it! This is a one time happening! Watch the video!
Unbelievable pictures of the cave

Despite unbearable conditions in the Crystal Cave someone has managed to get in there and caused some destruction. I was happy to hear the cave was sealed off! Please look at the pictures and watch the video. This is surreal and I was not aware there was anything like this on earth!

In the new issue of the journal Geology, García-Ruiz reports that for millennia the crystals thrived in the cave's extremely rare and stable natural environment. Temperatures hovered consistently around a steamy 136 degrees Fahrenheit (58 degrees Celsius), and the cave was filled with mineral-rich water that drove the crystals' growth.

Modern-day mining operations exposed the natural wonder by pumping water out of the 30-by-90-foot (10-by-30-meter) cave, which was found in 2000 near the town of Delicias (Chihuahua state map). Now García-Ruiz is advising the mining company to preserve the caves.

Knowing they pumped the water out Pumping the water back in to preserve them is only right and they blocked the entrance to prevent further destruction! Also it is near the Town of Delicias in Chihuahua State!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Demeur said...

I recall some years back removing asbestos in some live steam vaults. When we completed the first couple the general contractor went in and measured the temp. at 360 degrees. We could only stay in for 10 to 15 minutes at a time dressed much like the guy in your photo. 136 degrees would have been comfy to us. The hardest part was staying hydrated. You'd wake up in the middle of the night with painful leg cramps from loss of electrolights.

an average patriot said...

360 degrees that must have been Hell. They were saying with that temp you could only do 15 minutes. I would rather deal with the cold, I hate the heat.