• 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.

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.