Egypt Crystal Mountain

           

 

 

  

 


 
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The Crystal Mountain is situated between the Baharyia Oasis and the Farafra Oasis, in the White Desert's North. Despite its name, the Crystal Mountain is rather a ridge, a rock or a hill sparkling like a crystal. The sun rays make the big rock with its arch to spark even more. The arch is natural and small and is situated in the centre of the structure. This is the favorite place of the tourists who want to make pictures here. According to the geologists that have studied the Crystal Mountain, this structure is a cave made from limestone and completed with stalactites and stalagmites. This cave was shook by the earth movements and the roof was destroyed by erosion while the time passed by. The Crystal Mountain is also said to be sub-volcanic vault dating probably from the Oligocene age. The layers of chalk from the White Desert and the limestone, the coal and the ferruginous layers of brownish and reddish colors are dating from the Cretaceous age. The layers are broken and folded, and the crystals have also an interesting history. The anthracite came from the coal seam; the calcite crystals came from the hydrothermal solutions which had a big concentration of CaCO2, which came from the chalk. These solutions came in all the cavities and after the solutions cooled, the crystals increased. The visitors of the Crystal Mountain should know that it is not indicated to break parts from the structure; there are numerous crystals on the ground that can be taken, and some of these crystals have the size of a football. The Crystal Mountain is an important touristic objective, many of the tourists who come to visit the Farafra Oasis or/and the Baharyia Oasis come to see the Crystal Mountain too.

 
 

 

Egypt Crystal Mountain

 

 
   

 

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