Naica Mine, Mexico

In the Mexican state of Chihuahua there is a mine. But this is not any ordinary mine. It is a mine best known for its selenitcrystals. Located in Naica in the municipality of Saucillo, the Naica mine is a lead, Zinc and silver mine owned and operated bu Industrias Penolas, Mexico’s largest lead producer. While mining cavern were discovered, by a pair of brothers in year 2000, that contained crystals of selenite as large as 4 feet (1.2 m) in diameter and 50 feet (15 m) in length.

The brothers were amazed by the find and i think with good reason. As the news of the discovery spreadĀ causing many scientists where scratching their heads: How had the crystals grown so big?

The Cavern of crystals is a cave approximately 1,000 feet ( 300 m) below the surface in the limestone rock of the mine. The crystals are some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The selenite crystals were formed by hydro-thermal fluids emanating from the magma chambers below.

Within the mine the further down you go the hotter it gets as the mine sits above a small magma chamber about a mile below. The temperature can get to 112 Fahrenheit with 90 to 100 % humidity – so hot that it is enough that it carries a huge risk of heat stroke. Due to this the caves are not open to the public, but some rather amazing photos have come out of the caves sharing its beauty with the world.

So although you cannot visit this astonishing place i felt the need to share it =D

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