National Geographic: Into the Lost Crystal Caves (Video, Photos)

National Geographic Into the Lost Crystal Caves

Here are National Geographic Into the Lost Crystal Caves video and photos. The two-hour special will premiere on Sun. Oct. 10, 2010 at 8 pm ET/PT on NatGeo Channel.

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This giant crystal cave (picture above), known as Los Crystales and located in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico, is the size of a football field and about as high as a two-story building. The cavern, filled with giant razor-sharp crystals, looks like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, and is one of the most amazing natural wonders ever discovered. When they first began to explore it in 2008, scientists suspected the caves might be the doorway to a vast system of interconnected chambers. Later, in 2009, more fascinating details of this underground landscape were revealed when miners drilling a ventilation air hole attached a camera to the drill bit. This grainy footage revealed images of a cavern 500 feet below along with what was apparently a new giant crystal formation.

As this two-hour documentary reveals, National Geographic Channel and the international team of scientists have returned to embark upon a daring new attempt to discover even more amazing subterranean phenomena.

More photos and an overview can be seen here: Into the Lost Crystal Caves

Top Photo: Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico: Cavers exploring Naica’s Los Crystales cave where more than a hundred giant crystals have grown. (Photo Credit: © Speleoresearch & Films/ Oscar Necoechea)

Video “First in the Cave” – Climbers have arrived at an unexplored shaft that descends several hundred meters – will they find a new crystal cave? Link

Video “Exploring a Deadly Cave” – See just how much it takes to be able to both explore and film the cave in the midst of crippling heat and humidity. Link

Video “Barely Escaping With Your Life” – In 2006, one explorer was almost killed by the heat while attempting to cross to the back of the cave. Link

Photos and video courtesy of National Geographic Channel

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3 Responses to National Geographic: Into the Lost Crystal Caves (Video, Photos)

  1. Richard Sheppard July 25, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Probably the single most irritating documentary in the history of the world. The footage is great but the narration is ridiculous. Everything is ‘deadly, death defying and near death’ but of course its not. Even a standard abseil becomes ‘teetering on the brink of death’ experience, a hot cave ‘death within two minutes’ etc etc. The narration is so pathetic that it detracts from an otherwise interesting subject.
    Increasingly documentaries seem to feel that they need to ‘big up’ even the most mundane situation. It gets boring fast.


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