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2008-07-24 13:32:20

At Fort Stanton Cave in New Mexico, hundreds of feet below the Earth's surface, an odd formation made up of an intricate crust of tiny calcite crystals continues to intrigue cave specialists and explorers. The formation is known as "Snowy River", due to its long, flowing presence on the cave's floor. It is thought to be the longest continuous cave formation in the world "” at least 4 miles long "” and explorers have yet to find its end. "I think Snowy River is one of the primo...

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2005-06-01 06:28:36

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A calcite formation named Snowy River could prove a gold mine for scientists. Snowy River, believed to be the largest continuous calcite formation in the world, was discovered in September 2001 by a Bureau of Land Management team led by veteran speleologist John McLean of Colorado. The stark white passage, looking like a river of snow surrounded by walls of brown clay and black manganese dioxide deposits, stretches more than two miles from Fort Stanton Cave in...


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