Found IRL: Superman’s Fortress of Solitude

The original Superman movie is one of my favorite movies of all time. I’ve seen it dozens of times, and it never gets old to me.

Thanks to the miracle of nature, it looks like there may be a Superman Fortress of Solitude in real life! This video and these pictures are taken in the Cueva de los Cristales (Spanish for “Cave of Crystals”) in Naica, Mexico.

Some of these crystals are 36 feet long! According to National Geographic, they reached this huge size because of an unusual combination of consistent volcanic heat and a rich watery mixture. These are some of the largest natural crystals ever found.

As beautiful as this cave may be, there are some differences between this and the real Fortress of Solitude. According to the comments on Make, “Superman’s cave was cold. This cave sits on a magma dome and stays around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. You can’t stay in the cave for more than 30 minutes and that’s with special gear, unless you want to cook your brain.”

I love this; it’s so magical, well, except for the cooking your brain part. :)

[via Make, National Geographic]