Russian Ice Cave Near The Mutnovsky Volcano Is Otherworldly (PHOTOS)

08/27/2013 12:30 pm ET

Nature, man. Believe it or not, this amazing, otherworldly ice cave is actually real.

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Photo: Denis Budko

The photos popped up on Reddit last week and are apparently at the base of the Mutnovsky volcano in Russia, according to a translation from photographer Denis Bud'ko's blog.

The half-mile long cave was formed by a stream that flows through glacial fields at the bottom of the volcano. Bud'ko wrote that the passage is usually too small to enter, but light snowfall and an unusually hot summer created these massive caverns with a nearly transparent roof, reminiscent of a stained-glass cathedral.

Take a look at a few more shots of the cave below.

Photo: Marc Szeglat

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