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13 September 2009 @ 09:34 pm
Superman's *Other* Fortress of Solitude  
This place is called The Cafe of Crystal Giants, which is not the title of a 1960s era YA novel by Andre Norton. It's a real place!



The Cave of the Crystals is a massive cave on top of a magma fault, where giant crystals grow and it's so hot and humid inside the cave humans would die after 5-10 minutes exposure. Explorers wear insulated "cold suits" (the orange suits above) but can still stay inside for only about 30-40 minutes at a pop. I saw an initial article about the caves at Good Morning Silicon Valley and chased down some details.

Exploration article from "Angry Planet" (at stormchaser)

National Geographic article on the caves (the source of the above picture) and why the giant crystals formed.

Deadly Crystal Cave video. From National Geographic, it's a bit overdone dramatically (OK, a *lot* overdone). But it still has some interesting information.
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Terri-Lynne DeFinobogwitch64 on September 14th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
COOL!!!
jeffsoesbe: yulbrynner kingandijeffsoesbe on September 14th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
Totally. What a great setting for just about anything SF! Even just visually, ignoring the atmospheric conditions...

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jeffsoesbe: bald man thinkingjeffsoesbe on September 14th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
It looks completely amazing!