Tuesday, December 30, 2008
One hour ago...
Winter on the Downs. The ice crystals are pretty, but not quite as impressive as these:
Richard at the excellent Grey Area posted this picture a couple of months ago and I assumed that it was a still from some sort of Fantastic Journey-style science fiction film. However these are real people exploring a cave full of giant calcium sulphate crystals. The cave was discovered eight years ago in Mexico and I'm surprised that this remarkable image isn't more well known.
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Holy shit! is the only correct response to those enormous crystals. They're amazing. Reading around, I see the chamber they are in is incredibly hot as well, requiring ice-packed protective gear and allowing only for very short visits.
Mouth is open but no words are coming out!
It's real Journey to the Centre of the Earth stuff. I was open mouthed too when I first saw the picture.
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