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The Mystery of the Giant Crystals of Almería
29 January 2019 @ 13:33

 The Pulpí Geode is a unique phenomenon in the world, given the size, perfection, size and transparency of the gypsum crystals. It is located inside a mine of iron and lead in the district of Pilarde Jaravía, at a depth of 60 m, coinciding with sea level and 3 km from the coastline of San Juan de Los Terreros.

The geode is funnel-shaped, with the narrowest part an angled L-shaped hollow form 10.7 m3 volume, with 8 m long, 1.8 m wide and 1.7 m high. The average size of gypsum crystals is 0.5 x 0.4 x 0.3 m, with specimens up to 2 m long. Considered the best-preserved geode in the world, it was discovered by Angel Romero in 1999 inside an abandoned mine on the site of Pilar de Jaravía. It has been declared a Natural Monument.

 

 

The largest geode in the world is in Naica (Mexico) and boasts crystals that reach 10 meters in length, but it is in a mine which suffers temperatures of 45ºC and with 100% humidity which makes it impossible for it to be visited by the public. However, the Pulpí geode is at a temperature of 20ºC and offers a more than acceptable humidity level. Therefore it is the second largest in the world but the only one that can be visited.

The site will be opened to the public this year. So keep your eye on it!

 

 

 



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annestevens said:
08 February 2019 @ 01:27

I think that is beautiful and would like to go there to see that.


tonyl said:
09 February 2019 @ 18:55

Me too! Our apartment is not far from San Juan de Los Terreros. Do you have any more details about when it will be open, exact location, etc. ?


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