• Wind Cave National Park - Two Worlds

    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Wind Cave Room - Crown Jewels

The Crown Jewels in a large quartz geode
The Crown Jewels in a large quartz geode
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz

John Scheltens and Dave Springhetti found this area of Wind Cave on December 29, 1979. The Crown Jewels is a huge quartz geode found in this room which has finger-like projections with manganese interiors. The beautiful crystals resemble jewels. Also known as the Ice Storm.

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