A wondrous pool discovered 700 feet below Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico has never been seen by human eyes.
The cave pool, which appears to be completely “virgin,” was discovered in New Mexico’s Lechuguilla Cave, one of the world’s largest and most famous caves.
However, the cave had never been touched by humans before, as scientists discovered this strange discovery at a depth of 213 meters below the cave’s entrance, which also happens to be one of the world’s tallest (or deepest).
In a Facebook post on their official page, Carlsbad Caverns described the site as “completely pristine,” adding that they believe the bacteria living in the water “evolved entirely without human presence.”
The immaculate pool discovered in the cave network is surrounded by white frosted rock and appears almost unearthly. While the water appears murky with a creamy tint, the coloring is the result of an optical illusion.
According to geoscientist and expedition leader Max Wisshak, the water in the pool is “crystal clear” and is thought to have come from ancient rainwater that seeped through the limestone above and dropped or slid along the cave walls into the pool.
“This pool has been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years and had never seen light before that day,” said Carlsbad Caverns natural and cultural resources chief Rodney Horrocks.
The uncontaminated pool is critical because human pollution has contaminated almost everything these days. Litter and other man-made products pollute the environment even in the depths of Antarctica. A completely clean sample of nature is a rare treat for science.
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