Sunday, January 24, 2010

The crystal cave

BBC article with video

It's a very beautiful cave. What struck me was the conditions inside it:

It's about 50C in there, but it's the virtually 100% humidity added on top that makes it a potential killer.

That combination means that when you breathe air into your body, the surface of your lungs is actually the coolest surface the air encounters. That means the fluid starts to condense inside your lungs - and that's really not good news. Link

Now there's a story waiting to be told.

Thanks to Derek at Our-Local for finding this.


Bevie said...

That means you can virtually drown in there, doesn't it? Like pneumonia.

There are some wondrously beautiful places on the planet.

fairyhedgehog said...

A scary thought! I always think of these things in relation to a possible sci fi story. It's another atmospheric quirk for a planet.

It does look amazingly beautiful.

Old Kitty said...


This quote from the BBC news article says it all for me:

"We know more about the outer edges of the Solar System than we do about the first kilometre of the Earth's crust"

Isn't this just too wondrous for words? The scale of it when the camera pans out and there's this little figure in orange dwarfed by these incredible crystals...!!!

And definitely inspiration waiting to be creatively used.

Take care

fairyhedgehog said...

Kitty, that's just amazing!

Whirlochre said...

It's bad enough when your nostrils go wibbly, let alone your lungs.

fairyhedgehog said...

Whirl, I love your take on things!

Bernita said...

Like being inside a geode.

fairyhedgehog said...

Bernita, so it is!

Ann said...

The story possiblites are endless.

fairyhedgehog said...

Ann, aren't they just?

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