The Craziest, Most Mind-Blowing Facts about Devils Hole, a Weird Alien Geology on Earth
4In 1965 two divers disappeared in Devils Hole
David Rose and Paul Giancontieri were two amateur divers who snuck into Devils Hole with friends to go skin diving in 1965. They went down to explore the underground caverns but never resurfaced. The authorities were alerted by their friends and a search team was compiled with an experienced diver named Jim Houtz.
The search team kept hoping that the pair found a pocket of air to survive while they explored as far down as they could. However, the rescuers only recovered a snorkel, a flashlight, and a mask which were tied to a rock. These items were presumed to be a marker. The full extent of the underground waters is still unknown, so the bodies of the two divers could be hundreds of feet deeper than the rescuers could possibly dive.
5Charles Manson allegedly though Devils Hole would shelter him from the Apocalypse
For scientists and adventurers Devils Hole isn’t just a destination. It even drew the attention of Charles Manson prior to his arrest. For a period of time Manson Stayed in Death Valley and was reported to believe that there was a place in the desert to which he and his followers could escape in the event of an apocalypse or as he called it “Helter Skelter”. In fact, some stories claim that Manson meditated outside of Devils Hole for 3 days. To Manson, the Hole was a bottomless pit mentioned in Book of Revelation from the Bible, and not just a geological anomaly.
6It serves as a valuable site for researching climate change
Climate scientists have regularly studied ice samples from the Arctic to understand the Earth’s makeup in the previous millennia and to track how the environment has changed over time. When paleoclimatologists discovered Devils Hole, they found it to be a fertile resource for their research. Scientists were able to extract 500,000 years’ worth of data from samples from the underwater caver. It enabled them to learn how sea levels in the Southwestern US changed over time. Their work could also possibly help in understanding drought cycles better.