This amazing Cave of Crystals contains some of the largest known crystals in the world.
A legendary discovery was made in Mexico and is referred to as “The Sistine Chapel of Crystals” by geologist Juan Manuel García-Ruiz.
The “Cueva de los Cristales” or Cave of Crystals, is located 1,000 feet below the surface of a mountain in the Chihuahua desert region of Mexico and was discovered by accident when two miners were digging a new tunnel, removing the mineral rich water that filled the 30 foot by 90 foot cave. Some of these crystals are up to 36 feet long. Until this discovery, the largest known crystals were found in the Cave of Swords, some of which are currently on display at the Smithsonian Institute. The Cave of Swords is also part of the same tunnel system containing the Cave of Crystals.
When these magnificent caves were discovered, the mining company in charge of the operation re-routed their excavation project in order to preserve them. Currently, a team of geologists are analyzing the cave and its crystals and are studying core samples taken from the crystals. These core samples contain an organism that may or may not be a contributing factor to the growth of these amazing crystals.
Check out this video. It really illustrates just how big this cave and its crystals really are.
How The Cave of Crystals Formed
As I mentioned earlier, the cave was filled with water that was rich in the mineral anhydrite This water was essential in nurturing the growth of the monumental crystals as well as keeping the temperature within a small range around 136 degrees Fahrenheit. This happens to be an ideal temperature for anhydrite to dissolve into gypsum which ultimately causes the crystals to grow.
Geologist Juan Manuel Garcia-Ruiz, who has done extensive research and exploration of the cave, reports that for approximately 500,000 years these crystals have been growing in the extremely rare and stable natural environment of the water filled cave.
The Cave of Crystals is situated on a fault that helps to create the environment necessary to promote the growth of these crystals, which were formed by hydrothermal fluids from the magma chambers below. What happens is that the intensely heated mineral rich fluids are driven up and into voids in the bedrock. The water in the caves then vaporize and form these giant crystal caves that defy scientific understanding.
Crystals and Their Energy
I have known for some time that crystals give off energy. In fact, researchers have found that crystals give off more energy when being held than when they are sitting on a surface. This fact leads me to marvel at the energy fields that are transmitted by these giant crystals. It has been discovered that Earth has magnetic and energy fields that previously could not be explained. For instance, certain monolithic structures in Europe were tested and found to have spiraling magnetic fields surrounding the individual stones.
It is also known that Earth emits waves. These waves are much like our brainwaves. Known as the Schuman Resonance, they were previously recorded at about 7.8 Hz. The wave frequency varies according to geographical location. Alarmingly, these waves have been rising dramatically. This is causing a great deal of concern since these waves are basically our planet’s heartbeat. Our planet is constantly changing by means of shifting tectonic plates, continents and even volcanoes that form new ground.
There are abundant mysteries about our planet that we are yet to understand. Perhaps by studying the Cave of Crystals and other similar caves, we will be able to learn more about this living organism we call Earth and even learn to nurture it in order to promote a healthier global environment.
Check out these links for more pics and info about these fabulous caves:
This site is particularly interesting since it is a first-hand account (including pictures) written by Richard Fisher as he toured the Cave of Crystals.
This site has some of the most beautiful and detailed large sized pictures I have seen of the interior of the Cave of Crystals.
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