Why You Should Visit the Cave of Crystals in Mexico for Your Winter Break!

Why You Should Visit the Cave of Crystals in Mexico for Your Winter Break!
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    One of these incredible things is the cave of crystals in Naica, Mexico.

    This, combined with a sun drenched visit to the warm climes of Mexico, is a perfect adventure to include in your winter break plans.

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Looking to getaway for your winter break? Why not consider a trip to Mexico? With so many amazing wonders that occur naturally in our world, such as breathtaking rock formations, mind blowing bodies of water, and elusive and ancient outcroppings of civilizations, it seems only natural that we would all want to see and experience as many as we can.

One of these incredible things is the cave of crystals in Naica, Mexico. This, combined with a sun drenched visit to the warm climes of Mexico, is a perfect adventure to include in your winter break plans. It is located in the Naica Mine, which is used principally to mine lead, zinc and silver. In Spanish it’s name is La Cueva de los Cristales and it truly is a sight that must be seen to believe. Anyone who is lucky enough to travel to this destination is, at first, dumbfounded by the magnitude of this scientific wonder. Once inside, the first thing that you will see, because they are far too big to ignore, are enormous, other worldly selenite (another term for selenite is gypsum) crystals.

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How were they discovered? A group of miners were drilling in the mine, a thousand feet underground. As they drilled, the water flowed out of the cave. What they saw was beyond anything they ever could have dreamed of or imagined. Crystals, larger than life, and up to fifty feet long and weighing more than fifty tons. Huge outcroppings of shining beauty. They were everywhere, forming one of the most beautiful sights they had ever seen. The men were left with the question, how did these form? The answer is quite interesting indeed.

Naica rests on an old fault line. Present there is a chamber of magma just below the cavern. All of the water that was in the cave was heated up by the burning hot lava and, over time, huge quantities of minerals, most notably selenite, or gypsum, began seeping into the water and turning it into a virtual pietrie dish of activity. After approximately 500,000 years, the water stayed in the cave and the temperature of the water stayed relatively constant at over 120 degrees Fahrenheit, due to the layer of hot magna that still exists just below the cave (In fact, this is why it remains so incredibly hot inside the cave and requires that the utmost care and precautions be taken in order to ensure safety).

Apparently, these were the exact conditions the selenite needed in order to form these otherworldly outcroppings. And, since the cave remained untouched for so many years, they just kept growing until the water was removed.

Once discovered, the rest of the water was drained out in order to further explore the cave. Because of this, the growing conditions changed, halting anymore growth, but allowing for research to be conducted and for the more serious explorer to see just what these beautiful crystals look like when standing in the midst of them.

The Cave of Crystals in an incredible place to experience. Facebook your friends with all of the information, get a group together, do your research, buy your ticket and go travel! This is a guaranteed winter break adventure, with incredible amounts of excitement along the way and memories for years to come.

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