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Ares
06-04-2007, 06:25 AM
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/photogalleries/giant-crystals-cave/
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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/04/photogalleries/giant-crystals-cave/images/primary/crystal-cave-5.jpg

It's "the Sistine Chapel of crystals," says Juan Manuel García-
Ruiz.

The geologist announced this week that he and a team of researchers have unlocked the mystery of just how the minerals in Mexico's Cueva de los Cristales (Cave of Crystals) achieved their monumental forms.

Buried a thousand feet (300 meters) below Naica mountain in the Chihuahuan Desert, the cave was discovered by two miners excavating a new tunnel for the Industrias Peñoles company in 2000.

The cave contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found: translucent gypsum beams measuring up to 36 feet (11 meters) long and weighing up to 55 tons.

"It's a natural marvel," said García-Ruiz, of the University of Granada in Spain.

To learn how the crystals grew to such gigantic sizes, García-Ruiz studied tiny pockets of fluid trapped inside.

The crystals, he said, thrived because they were submerged in mineral-rich water with a very narrow, stable temperature range—around 136 degrees Fahrenheit (58 degrees Celsius).

At this temperature the mineral anhydrite, which was abundant in the water, dissolved into gypsum, a soft mineral that can take the form of the crystals in the Naica cave.

The new findings appear in the April issue of the journal Geology

Oeming
06-04-2007, 06:41 AM
Holy shit, this is for real?

chrisfasowned
06-04-2007, 07:25 AM
that's frickin' crazy huge crystals!

Ares
06-04-2007, 07:26 AM
Holy shit, this is for real?

Oh its Real.. Its Dam Real
I got it from National Geographic Website

SKAtoons
06-04-2007, 07:43 AM
i wanna go there and yell "Father!"

Marc Lombardi
06-04-2007, 08:04 AM
Why, that's enough crystal to make necklaces for hippies forever!!!

SteveZegers
06-04-2007, 08:25 AM
I don't see the machine that floods the place with red sunlight, or giant metallic silver bed.

chrisfasowned
06-04-2007, 08:39 AM
I don't see the machine that floods the place with red sunlight, or giant metallic silver bed.

no "gettin' it on'" w/ LL in this fortress of solitude.

ShortStack
06-04-2007, 09:10 AM
WOW.
I'm thinking of starting a style trend for punk rockers where they grow crystals on their heads like that. It'd take a lot of time and they'd lose some skin, but self mutilation is in nowadays, right?

Mek
06-04-2007, 10:09 AM
Oh God, that's the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen.

Then again, I've always had an affinity for cave-like rocky crystalline places. <3

M. Sean McManus
06-04-2007, 11:22 AM
Godamn photoshop again. It's just a hog.

Ares
06-04-2007, 11:47 AM
Godamn photoshop again. It's just a hog.

Proof?

M. Sean McManus
06-04-2007, 12:07 PM
Proof? What is this, The Age of Reason? I believe isn't that enough?

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/thewarpedone/Web%20Junk/crystal-hog.gif

Ange-face
06-04-2007, 12:18 PM
Proof? What is this, The Age of Reason? I believe isn't that enough?

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f124/thewarpedone/Web%20Junk/crystal-hog.gif

XD

Awesome.

dberger624
06-04-2007, 12:41 PM
Proof? What is this, The Age of Reason? I believe isn't that enough?

Good one!!!!!

adventure metal
06-04-2007, 12:47 PM
I just saw the same thing reported in the newest Pop Science

ShortStack
06-04-2007, 01:03 PM
PFFFT.
Nearly did a spit take all over the office keyboard sean, thanks.

Pendragon
06-04-2007, 01:43 PM
Now thats cool.

ClintP
06-04-2007, 04:03 PM
That is pretty bad ass!

WillS
06-04-2007, 04:47 PM
Wow