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Title: giant crystal
Post by: huwston on 16/01/2007 23:55:14
how awsome are these crystals. x 3

ooops.
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Post by: science_guy on 17/01/2007 00:34:35
awesome!

did you copy the link three times on purpose?
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Post by: JimBob on 17/01/2007 05:02:46
Ah, shucks, you should see the cave we have inside just one crystal here in Texas. We don't need hundreds to make a cave.

By the way, if that is quartz it is very unusual. Quarts xls are not normally that long and thin. Looks more like tourmaline. Especially with the translucent planes along the long axis of the crystals.
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Post by: Karen W. on 17/01/2007 06:18:10
I think those are totally awesome.. I cannot even imagine standing under them.. they are beautiful and Huge!! Wow!!!!
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Post by: realmswalker on 17/01/2007 06:42:52
I want one to put in my house....
How much would it cost...
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Post by: Soul Surfer on 17/01/2007 19:39:33
Pull the other one it's got bells on it!

The difference in light quality and angles shows clearly that it is a composite picture with a picture of a man superimposed on a picture of crystals
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Post by: daveshorts on 18/01/2007 00:17:03
I don't think so, have a look at:
http://naica.laventa.it/naica-project.en.html
It looks legitimate to me
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Post by: WylieE on 18/01/2007 02:42:57
Wow- 47+ degrees, I wonder if anything lives in there.
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Post by: Bass on 19/01/2007 00:14:12
My guess is gypsum (also called selenite).  Saw similar sized crystals when working at El Teniente mine in Chile.
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Post by: Soul Surfer on 20/01/2007 11:06:55
I stand corrected.  There seems to be quite a lot of independent google references to the place.

I've seen so many fakes of amazing things including videos I tend to be very suspicious and the picture posted did look like a superposition.  Other pictures on the web sites look more genuine
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Post by: huwston on 21/01/2007 17:07:29
sorry no i didnt post it 3 times on purpose.

the crystals are gypsum , recently here in the uk a programme on the bbc " planet earth " visited tose caves , it took the crew 9 hours to reach the crystals.

they are real crystals by the way.
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Post by: realmswalker on 02/02/2007 05:39:59
How much for one though!!
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Post by: moonfire on 02/02/2007 06:47:32
Amazing....A crystal fortress...
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Post by: dallen012 on 15/09/2007 18:46:59
My family is from the small town of Naica and many of my relatives still live there and work the mines. I have had the pleasure of seeing the caves firsthand. Words cannot describe the feeling you get when you are surrounded by the humongous structures. Pictures don't do it justice. Of course at the extremely high temperatures and 100 percent humidity you can only stand to be in the cave for minutes at a time and are immediately drenched and dehydrated, but it's well worth it. I feel very lucky to have experienced a wonder of our earth. Thanks for all the kind words on the forum. Somehow it feels very personal!
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Post by: dallen012 on 15/09/2007 18:50:30
sorry no i didnt post it 3 times on purpose.

the crystals are gypsum , recently here in the uk a programme on the bbc " planet earth " visited tose caves , it took the crew 9 hours to reach the crystals.

they are real crystals by the way.

Maybe it took them 9 hours to reach because of all of their equipment. There are a series of elevators they were probably not allowed to go on which would have also sped up the trip. It took me a max of 2 hours to get there and it was the second cave we visited. The first had smaller crystals all over the walls. It looked like a beautiful wonderland of colors.
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Post by: Bass on 15/09/2007 23:11:57
Hellow dallen012, welcome to the forum. 
Do you know if the crystals are selenite?