|Black Chasm Cavern is a show cave in California's gold rush country, west of the Sierra Nevada. It is a vertical cave, about 4,000 feet long, and was first described in 1854. In 1954, climbers traversed across a 160-foot pit inside and discovered a chamber filled with glistening, translucent helictites. In 1976, the cave was granted National Natural Landmark status because of this discovery. The room is now known as the Landmark Room. I have taken many photographs of these helictites and feature some on this page adjoining our Virtual helictite room.|
Thousands of helictites, in an area partly visible from the trail.
The Dragon is the signature helictite pointed out to all visitors.
This helictite forms a corkscrew-like shape
Created: May 4, 2005
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