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Largest Crystals in the World: Giant Crystal Cave, Mexico

4 Jan , 2013  

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The spectacular Giant Crystal Cave is connected to the Naica Mine, located in Chihuahua, Mexico. It goes around 300 meters bellow the surface. The main chamber contains the largest selenite crystals ever found, some of them reaching 11 meters in length, 4 meters in diameter and about 55 tons in weight.

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The conditions here are extreme, with a constant temperature of 58 °C and high humidity, proving to be a dangerous environment for those who are exposed more than 10 minutes without proper equipment. The crystals are said to be 500,000 years old and were formed from the underground magma (situated below the cave) which maintained the water at a stable temperature of 50°C, saturating it with minerals, including gypsum. This process allowed the selenite crystals to grow to the unbelievable sizes that we see today.

The Cave of the Crystals in Mexico can only be visited under direct professional supervision. You can read more fascinating details about the crystal cave on BBC or on the official website of the Naica scientific project.

An extended and well-written journal about the adventure you see in these stunning photos can be read on National Geographic.

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Photo credits: Carsten Peter, photographer at National Geographic.

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11 Responses

  1. jessie says:

    crystals

  2. oliver says:

    giant crystals !!

  3. garry cook says:

    i will like to order crystals from your company,can i have their prices in range and the method of payment you do accept,I wish to start business with your good company so i look forward for your valued reply ASAP.

    Have a nice day !

  4. admin says:

    Garry, we are a travel blog. We do not sell crystals 🙂 Have a great day back!

  5. Bethani says:

    giant crystals they are soo pretty

  6. Yuko says:

    Hi, i know it’s not really easy to go and into that cave but, I would like to know how can I go in there. I was always having a dream to go there since when I was young, but I couldn’t find any tourism to go there. I’m living in Texas right now so it’s not really far away from Mexico. I heard the article says only scientist can go there but is it true? Is there any way to go in there if I’m not scientist?

    I’m looking to hear the response from you. Thank you.

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  8. Lavinia says:

    Yuko, unfortunately- from what we’ve read- the cave is not open to the public.

  9. Joyce says:

    I’d love to tour something like this also. Is there anything at all similar in the world that a regular person CAN go into?

  10. Lavinia says:

    It is the only cave with large crystals discovered so far. Have a nice day!

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