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Posted by Derren Brown January 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Just been chatting with the very talented producer/director Nigel Walk, who filmed the astonishing crystal cave sequence at the start of the new landmark BBC series ‘How Earth Made Us’. They could only film in 20 minute bursts due to the lethal levels of heat – it was a hugely difficult thing to film. Have a look, it’s an incredible, beautiful environment. It starts at 2:30.

January 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Should’nt your heading say: your minds belong to us? why do you have the word ‘are’ in there? just an observation. The crystals look amazing!

Msg from Abeo:

January 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

They probably could only film in short bursts because of the energy, man. Their chacras must have been going crazy with all that Chi…

January 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm
jojoes6969 says:

Thanks for the great link Derren a most wonderous crystal palace indeed. So much more to discover about our wonderful planet, and we’re at the tip of the iceberg ๐Ÿ™‚

January 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm
Luke says:

Not available in my area! DOH!

January 21, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I think something was posted on the blog about these crystals before. But wow, they’re just awesome. Watching it, I could almost feel the heat pouring through my screen. And to think, these crystals were discovered by accident! Such a place to behold.

This world we live in can be a beautiful, magnificent, wondrous place at times, can’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚

LC x

January 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm
Fosca says:

This documentary was flagged up previously here on the blog and I people took swipes at the validity of it, claiming that thw photo’s from inside the caves looked like bad photoshopping efforts. Thanks for validicating Dezza. I was really at a loss…

January 21, 2010 at 11:25 pm
Fosca says:

…it really is very hard to spell correctly with a cheeseburger in one hand…

January 22, 2010 at 12:18 am
ReliegiousMarie says:

Iร‚ยดve seen a little bit of his documentary earlier on, it is stunningly mindblowing jealous making and what more not…!

January 22, 2010 at 12:25 am
roz says:

i believe that show was on PBS here in the states. that cave is scary as hel.

January 22, 2010 at 1:37 am
Frank says:

Anyway we can get that video to us yanks? The BBC in it’s infinite glory and wisdom won’t let anyone outside the UK watch their videos. C4 is the same way I think, anyways, is it possible to get a global-friendly link?

January 22, 2010 at 5:01 am
Sunny says:

…and a penis in the other… (lol jk)

somehow a world like Krypton (sp?) doesn’t seen so far fetched afterall!

January 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

“Why do you have the word รขโ‚ฌหœareรขโ‚ฌโ„ข in there?”

It’s an internet meme. A thought virus. Infecting your mind. A parody of “All your base are belong to us”.

Also, such a shame they are going to reflood the cave once the mine becomes un-econimcally viable ๐Ÿ™

January 22, 2010 at 8:13 am
Gail says:

So beautiful, yet such a shame that we have stopped them growing by draining the cave.

It was strangly moving watching this programme I just wanted to touch them!

January 22, 2010 at 9:27 am
bujin says:

It was a great start to the series. Iain Stewart makes some fascinating documentaries.

January 22, 2010 at 9:53 am
sonofsam83 says:

For all foreigners… iPlayer does work you just have to go to their site and search for the programme/link yourself, and not follow the link in the post.

Well, i hope this works… it does for me!


January 22, 2010 at 10:07 am
hayley says:

very interesting info about the crystals really good to watch and see ๐Ÿ™‚

January 22, 2010 at 10:11 am
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January 22, 2010 at 11:18 am
Raymond says:

Bugger, we are living in a globalized world the EU-laws are forced into our daily existence. Our bread and butter need to be made by standards set in EU law. But we in Holland can not simply watch a film on the internet of the BBC because we are not “in England”. Well so much for globalization ๐Ÿ™

January 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Jess xxx says:

Just gorgeous. You think it’s just a normal sized crystal at first, growing in a cup…Then you see that guy standing to the left, and you realize just how big it is! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

January 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm
roz says:


January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm
sonofsam83 says:

puts my copper sulphate experiments in school to shame ๐Ÿ™


January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm
Simon says:

There was much talk in the caving world in Britain when photo’s of the cave were first published. Many believed the pictures to be fake. The film looks pretty convincing now though. No doubt any attempt to organise a caving trip there would sink in a sea of red tape.

January 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm
Douglas says:

I think you Europeans are again “Not seeing the forest for the trees!! ”
Yes the crystals are neat with the ability to get a camera in there to take those pics but would not the real story be about how small the man is on the left side of the screen?
One other thing I noticed, not being able to see the video because I’m in America. I mean come on, we invented the Internet, should’nt we, by default, have cart blanche on being able to watch anything that is out there?
I did go to the BBC link provided by one of the posters and it said that if we were not in Britain we could “listen” to the programs,.. What is that all about?

January 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm
DAIlike says:

this show was grate

January 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

@Douglas – Last I know the company was called the BBC not the ABC…..

LC x

January 31, 2010 at 6:54 am
Lady Jane Gray says:


It really sucks that I can’t play the videos you post in the US.
Love your work when I can catch it on YouTube!

Warmest regards from Las Vegas,NV (aka: Sin City – seven deadly sins, one convenient location)

February 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm
Gill says:

There are ancient British myths about crystal caves (usually involving Merlin and his knights) – I wonder if they’ve been discovered before here, hundreds of years ago?