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Today we are crawling deep into the earth.
This is the famous Crystal Tour
in the Sudwala Caves of South Africa.
It is a 4 hour excursion!

Chiharu has come prepared with her shining-white overall.
There seems to be a lot of mud here.
It is getting deeper.
1 hour later
we are still crawling.
And the hole gets smaller...
And smaller...
Two hours later
we arrive in the crystal cave.

Who would imagine finding
such delicate, exquisite treasures
hidden safely
so deep under the mountains?

The cave seems
wallpapered with ice!

The crystals grow
from minerals
leached out of
the dolomite mountain
and are so hard,
they will
penetrate your skin
if you bump against them..