by Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 19 February 2014

Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.

The red, yellow, blue, and orange swirls are caused by Carnallite, a technicolor mineral that’s mined to be used for fertilizer.

Most of the salt mines are abandoned and can only be accessed by way of a special government permit. But thanks to Russian adventurer and photographer, Mikhail Mishainik, we get to see this otherwise hidden beauty. Mishainik slept in the underground labyrinth for several nights, spending over 20 hours braving the dimly-lit caverns filled with deadly gas leaks and unpredictable landslides, just to give us a glimpse of what disco looks like for the Mole People.

Via Huffington Post