Human history is full of occasions where people unearthed various mysteries. It could be creatures, objects, or places.

Most of the time, people stumble upon these things by chance, but once they find them, it becomes a huge deal. You can say the same for the ancient pool that some people found a few years ago. 

According to various data, the Lechuguilla cave is one of the most sizeable caves in the world. Some information also suggests that it is the second deepest in the United States with around 1,604 depth. It is famous for its surprisingly pristine condition, rare formations, and atypical geology.

What’s most astonishing about this cave is that it feels like a group of experienced engineers and laborers designed it.

However, it formed naturally, and there hasn’t been any human involvement throughout its entire existence. Only a select few researchers and cavers have access to this area, and they claim that it’s the eeriest yet most beautiful thing they have seen.

The Lechuguilla Cave

The Lechuguilla cave is present inside New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns national park. Researchers named after a plant species named Agave Lechuguilla.

However, this cave is not open to regular people. National park service management, exploration and survey teams, and scientific researchers are the only ones who have complete access to this mysterious area.

While this may seem like a massive disappointment, there is sound reasoning behind not permitting regulars from entering this space.

Of course, being able to watch wonders of the world like this is great, but scientists believe that they need to unearth the mysteries surrounding these caves before permitting people to visit this place.

Those who have seen this place so far believe that it could be an excellent tourist destination, and people from different parts of the world would visit New Mexico, mainly to see this cave.

Did The Locals Know About This Cave?



Interestingly enough, multiple people living near the Lechuguila cave knew about its existence for several years. Most of them didn’t realize that this cavern was quite massive and had several other mysteries surrounding it.

Scientists excavated this area in 1986, and that is when they unearthed many secrets about this cave and learned that there was much more to it than they perceived initially.

Documentaries

As you would expect, pictures of this beautiful cave went viral minutes after scientists released them. People wanted to see the place for themselves and admire its stunning beauty.

Sadly though, it wasn’t and still is not possible. However, a few high-profile film crews received exclusive permission to shoot documentaries.

The footage shot by Denver’s Science and Nature museum, in particular, became quite popular.

They named their documentary, “Lechuguilla Cave: The Hidden Giant.”

The museum funded documentary released in 1987 and became an instant hit among film critics and audiences.

What made this educational real-time footage film so successful was that it featured most of the personnel behind the cave’s initial breakthrough. The PBS station in Denver was the first to broadcast this video. 

Media giant BBC also capitalized on the Lechuguilla cave’s popularity and filmed a documentary for its hit Planet Earth series. They featured the cave on their fourth episode and showcased its beauty frequently.

Some viewers thought that BBC heavily-edited the videos to make the Lechuguilla look visually stunning. However, they later learned that what they saw on T.V was the cave’s purest form.

Ratings for this episode went through the roof, but unfortunately, BBC was not able to receive permission to film the area again.

What’s more, the new channel had to wait for more than two years to get permission to shoot its Planet Earth documentary.

It shows that the government and the various teams involved with the research project are quite serious about its safety. They are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that they have comprehensive knowledge regarding this finding.

BBC and PBS were not the only channels to receive permission to shoot documentaries regarding the seven-hundred-foot cave.

National Geographic also joined the group when Hazel Barton, a renowned microbiologist, and a film crew, explored this area for a series called “one strange rock.”

Once again, people across the globe praised this documentary and wanted to see more episodes, but unfortunately, no one else was able to film the area again.

New Discoveries

A Colorado-based team lead by an expert named Derek Bristol decided to enter this cave in 2012. They climbed more than 400 feet and set foot in a dome that contained various large rooms, pits, and passages. No one had seen these places before, which made Derek realize that there is a lot left to explore.

His team named this new section “Oz” due to its various features resembling items from the fantasy movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The Lechuguilla cave contains various unexplored speleothems.

These formations contained yellow sulfur deposits, gypsum beards and hairs, gypsum-based chandeliers, J-loops U-loops, rusticles, subaqueous helictites, cave pearls, soda straws, and much more. All of them were quite large, and according to several estimations, most of them were above fifteen feet.

Protecting The Cave

The Lechuguillia Cave lies underneath a wilderness park area. The United States government controls this area and oversees its security. A group of researchers firmly believe that this cave has several passages extending outside the park.

They also think that these tunnels go as far as the area adjacent to this park, which belongs to the Bureau of Land Management. BLM frequently sells its land to various companies for oil and gas drilling.

Scientists think that excessive drilling in that area could be dangerous and cause significant damage to the site.

That said, they are trying to work their way around the situation to ensure that they can access the hidden passages and discover what’s in them. However, this could take several years.

Experts are hard at work, discovering the various mysteries of this cave and its pool. While we do not know how long we’ll have to wait for new reveals, it’s crucial to appreciate the beauty this world offers by preserving it through any means necessary.

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