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Live From Oman . . .
Photograph by Stephen L. Alvarez

Geologists know Majlis al Jinn deserves the spotlight. What they can't determine is how this chamber developed its star qualities. One theory suggests that eons ago, when the sea level was higher and the Selma Plateau was lower, either a mixture of fresh and salt water or acidic groundwater slowly carved out this cave. But there's no scientific consensus, leaving Majlis al Jinn's origins a mystery—which only adds to its mystique.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera:  Canon EOS 3  
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens:  17-35 mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/5.6

Weather Conditions: It was bright and sunny outside but very dark inside.
Time of Day: 11 a.m. 
Lighting Techniques: Natural light
Special Equipment: Tripod

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