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Crystal Tomb caves, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belizei
Regional Level Types
Crystal Tomb cavesGroup of Caves
San Ignacio- not defined -
Cayo DistrictDistrict
BelizeCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
17° 7' 3'' North , 88° 53' 25'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Group of Caves
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
San Ignacio16,812 (2016)19.6km
Belmopan13,381 (2012)19.7km
Valley of Peace1,809 (2012)24.9km
Benque Viejo el Carmen7,092 (2017)26.9km
Melchor de Mencos11,457 (2013)28.4km
Name(s) in local language(s):
Actun Tunichil Muknal


The name "Actun Tunichil Muknal" means “Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre,” Locals refer to the cave as “Xibalba” after the Mayan underworld.

The caves contain skeletons, believed to have been sacrificed, that have been completely calcified and the skeletons glisten and sparkle in the light.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Central AmericaRegion
Maya Mts, Belize/GuatemalaMountain Range

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


1 valid mineral.

Detailed Mineral List:

Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Amy Benoit Frappier, Dork Sahagian, Scott J. Carpenter, Luis A. González, Brian R. Frappier (2007) Stalagmite stable isotope record of recent tropical cyclone events. Geology, 35(2): 111-114.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3

List of minerals for each chemical element

CCarbon
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O CalciteCaCO3
CaCalcium
Ca CalciteCaCO3

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Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actun_Tunichil_Muknal
Wikidata ID:Q344570


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