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Photos of the Day: Colorful Russian Salt Mines and Tunnels

If you’re looking to see wonders beneath the surface, look no further than these psychedelic salt mines found 650-feet below the Russian city of Yekaterinburga. Each crevice boasts a unique artistic swirl of earth-toned colors caused by the mineral carnallite found in abundance throughout the cave. Brave photographer Mikhail Mishainik spent nearly 20 hours exploring these potentially dangerous salt mine tunnels. His effort paid off in the wonderful kaleidoscope-like collection of photos below.

Mishainik told the Daily Mail:

The mines are huge and stretch many kilometres in width and length, a single tunnel can be over four miles long. It is hard to describe how it feels being so far down, you lose all track of time and the air is very dry, you always feel thirsty.

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via HUH

   
Hallie Cantor
Wow! Beautiful (but dangerous)!
 
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