The Craziest, Most Mind-Blowing Facts about Devils Hole, a Weird Alien Geology on Earth
People’s imaginations have always been captivated by enormous caverns and Devils Hole is one such formation with a unique natural ecosystem of its own. It is also home to an isolated species of fish which do not exist anywhere else in the world. Another astounding fact of Devils Hole is that its waters can detect vibrations caused by earthquakes from as far away as Chile, Indonesia, and Japan.
This cavern formation gets its name from creepy national park stories which were inspired by its mysterious depths. No matter how many thorough studies have been conducted in an attempt to find out the actual size of the cavern, which is estimated to range from 500-900 feet, no one knows for sure how big it really is. Two divers went missing in the hole in 1965 and were never found, However, when Charles Manson selected the Hole as his potential refuge during the end times, it was then that the cavern’s ominous reputation was sealed.
1Its actual depth is still not known by anyone
Explorers and researchers may have studied the waters of Devils Hole for decades but they still have not been able to confirm the full extent of the water system. While its opening is about 8 feet wide and 60 feet long, it feeds into a wider body of water which has been named Acree’s Chasm. There are some narrow waterways which feed into the caverns and pockets of air including a 50-foot-tall cave buried underground known as Brown’s Room. This cave can only be accessed through Devils Hole.
Experts suspect that Devils Hole could go around 900 feet down or more, while divers have explored as far as 436 feet down and saw yet another 150 feet below them. These experts aren’t exactly sure since there hasn’t been an expedition to reach the bottom. There are some who suspect the water could possibly connect with locations across the world because of how the cavern reacts and senses seismic events in other far-off countries.
2The rarest fish in the world resides in the waters of the Hole
Devils Hole, is home to the world’s rarest fish population called- the Devils Hole pupfish. It is located in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which even has many other springs consisting of rare fish and plant life. The Entire Ash Meadows area used to be submerged under water, thousands of years ago, but due to climate change the water level began to fall which resulted in the creation of separate ecosystems. With the unique conditions inside this new habitat, the Devils Hole pupfish was able to evolve.
The pupfish thrives in the waters of Devils Hole because its layout creates the ideal balance for the fish to survive. The water is kept warm by sunlight and algae easily form on the limestone walls with the help of a shelf near the water system’s entrance. With the abundance of algae, the pupfish can easily thrive in this shallow shelf. The pupfish’s population fluctuates around 100-500 throughout the year. Each pupfish is less than an inch long which is why they don’t experience cramped conditions.
3The Hole experiences underground tsunamis
Researchers who were monitoring Devils Hole pupfish recorded underground tsunamis in the Hole. They observed the water levels in the hole rise and fall repeatedly and the shelf area where the population of pupfish lived get drained almost entirely before returning back to normal.
While scientists were baffled by such a unique phenomenon, they later learned that there had been an earthquake more than 2,000 miles to the south of Mexico which was responsible for creating the underground tsunami in the Hole. Scientists are of the opinion that the water system beneath the Hole may seem to extend thousands of miles to other parts of the world.