Crystal Tomb caves, San Ignacio, Cayo District, Belizei
|Regional Level Types|
|Crystal Tomb caves||Group of Caves|
|San Ignacio||- not defined -|
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
17° 7' 3'' North , 88° 53' 25'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Group of Caves
Köppen climate type:
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 Plate||Tectonic Plate|
|Maya Mts, Belize/Guatemala||Mountain Range|
Select Mineral List TypeStandard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements
Detailed Mineral List:
| ⓘ Calcite|
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|
List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification
|Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES|
List of minerals for each chemical element
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