Today, my family and I got to go and walk through Black Chasm Cavern in the city of Volcano, California. This cavern was a more vertical cavern and we had to climb a lot of stairs, but it was worth it to see this awesome cavern.
This cave was 225 feet, or 69 meters, including the clear blue lake at the very bottom of the cave. Black Chasm is mostly known for the millions of the helictites protruding from the walls, ceilings, and cracks in the cave. Helictites, unlike stalagmites or stalactites, can grow in any direction and are curly, wavy-like crystals formed from water pressure that bursts our and hardens. These make Black Chasm especially unique because it’s one of the very few caves that has helictites, and even fewer have this many.
Black Chasm was a beautiful cavern full of all sorts of other formations such as soda straws, flow stones, stalagmites, stalactites, and a ton of other amazing natural structures.
The tour through the cave, by Cave and Mine Adventures, was super fun because we got to walk along man-made paths through the cave to check out different rooms. I learned a lot about how all of the formations were formed and I got to see first hand, some of the things I learned in school.