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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-03 00:03
  Subject:   [Digg] My crystals are bigger than your crystals.
  Mood:"Mmm, long-pig dumplings..."

I've seen this one before, but with some spectacular new pictures I thought it was worth reposting:

In April 2000, brothers Juan and Pedro Sanchez were drilling a new tunnel when they made a truly spectacular discovery. While Naica miners are accustomed to finding crystals, Juan and Pedro were absolutely amazed by the cavern that they found. The brothers immediately informed the engineer in charge, Roberto Gonzalez. Ing. Gonzalez realized that they had discovered a natural treasure and quickly rerouted the tunnel. During this phase some damage was done as several miners tried to remove pieces of the mega-crystals, so the mining company soon installed an iron door to protect the find. Later, one of the workers, with the intention of stealing crystals, managed to get in through a narrow hole. He tried to take some plastic bags filled with fresh air inside, but the strategy didn't work. He lost consciousness and later was found thoroughly baked.


"Baked" because the conditions inside these caves are 150F and 100% humidity. So maybe "steamed like a dumpling" would be a better analogy. ;]
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  Date: 2006-06-03 00:48 (UTC)
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