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Culture Painted Hills of Oregon

Painted Hills is one of the three units that make up the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, located in Wheeler County, Oregon. The Painted Hills is so called for the colorful layers and banded st……

Culture Bainbridge Rocks of Galapagos Islands

The Bainbridge Rocks are a group of small rocky islets off the southeastern coast of Santiago Island, in Galápagos Archipelago. One of these islet is a volcanic crater, composed of compacted volcanic……

Culture Dean's Blue Hole, World's Deepest Blue Hole

Dean's Blue Hole near Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas, is the world's deepest known blue hole - a term given to any deep, water filled, vertical caves or sinkholes with an entrance below the wat……

Culture Meoto Iwa, the Wedded Rocks

Meoto Iwa, also called the husband and wife rocks or wedded rocks, are a pair of small rocky stacks in the sea right in front of the Futami Okitama-jinja Shrine in Futami Bay, Japan. According to Shin……

Culture The Old Man of Storr

The Old Man of Storr is a large pinnacle of rock located on the north of the Isle of Skye, in Scotland, in an area known as Trotternish. The 50m-high rocky outcrop of crumbling basalt is prominent abo……

Culture Limestone Boulders of Castle Hill in New Zealand

Castle Hill is located 120 km west of Christchurch close to the Great Alpine Highway 73, between Darfield and Arthur's Pass in New Zealand's South Island. Described as one of the worlds finest boulder……

Culture The Grand Canyon of Tianshan Mountain

These pictures of great sandstone walls were not taken at the Antelope Canyon in Arizona, but rather in Keziliya Mountain, about 70 km north of Kuqa in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in China. The K……

Culture The Cliffs of Scala dei Turchi

The Scala dei Turchi (Italian for Stairs of the Turks) is a brilliantly white limestone cliff, sculpted like a staircase, on the coast of Realmonte, near Porto Empedocle, southern Sicily, Italy. The S……

Anecdote The Kauri Driving Dams

The Kauaeranga Valley in New Zealand's North Island was once covered in vast kauri forests. The trees were immense with thick, straight trunks. When the first Europeans came to New Zealand, they disco……

Anecdote London’s Cabmen's Shelters

Scattered throughout the streets of London, often overlooked, are small green sheds that have been offering shelter and hot food to the citys cab drivers since 1875. In those times, cab drivers rode……

Anecdote Ytterby: The Village That Chemists Love

What do the following ten chemical elements have in common? Yttrium Ytterbium Terbium Erbium Gadolinium Thulium Scandium Holmium Dysprosium Lutetium The answer is that the all the ten elemen……

Anecdote London’s Mail Rail

For seventy-six years, starting from 1927, the London Post Office operated a fleet of driverless electric trains that scuttled around pairs of narrow gauge rails deep under the ground hauling mails be……

Culture The Thousand Islands of St. Lawrence River

The Thousand Islands is an archipelago consisting of exactly 1,864 islands that straddles the Canada-U.S. border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario. Th……

Culture The Islet of Vila Franca do Campo

Situated in the middle of the Atlantic, 1,369 km west of the European mainland, the Azores archipelago comprises of nine islands spread over three groups. The volcanoes that gave birth to these island……

Culture Carlsbad Caverns Underground Lunchroom: An Eatery 750 Feet Below The Ground

Beneath the rugged and rocky slopes of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico, lies a hidden underground treasure. An extensive system of caves comprising……

Culture Wineglass Bay in Australia

Located on Tasmanias Freycinet Peninsula, Wineglass Bay is one of the most photogenic beaches in Australia. This crescent-shaped beach of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea is considered am……

Culture Huacachina, Peru's Magnificent Desert Oasis

Just 8 km away from the city of Ica, in southern Peru, lies the picturesque desert oasis of Huacachina. Built around a small natural lake and surrounded by enormous sand dunes that stretch several hun……

Culture Wagrowiec Bifurcation: A Unique Hydrological Phenomenon

On the outskirts of the Polish town of Wagrowiec, two rivers Welna and Nielba intersect at right angle, and almost impossibly, both rivers roll their waters on independently of each other without ming……

Culture Dun Briste, an Impressive Sea Stack at Downpatrick Head

About 5 km north of the village of Ballycastle in Mayo county near the Irish coast stands a striking headland called Downpatrick Head. Towering 126 feet above the sea, it offers fantastic views of the……

Culture Dinosaur Footprints at Gantheaume Point in Broome

At the southern end of Cable Beach, approximately 6 kilometers from the town of Broome in Western Australia is Gantheaume Point, a scenic area of red sandstone cliffs where one can observe footprints……

Culture The Tessellated Pavements of Tasmania

The narrow isthmus connecting the Tasman Peninsula to mainland Tasmania (in Australia) is covered with beautiful and rugged terrain and several unusual geological formations, among which is a peculiar……

Culture Paricutin, The Volcano That Grew Out Of A Cornfield

Rarely do volcanologist get to watch the birth, growth, and death of a volcano. Paricutin provided such an opportunity. Paricutin is a cinder cone volcano located in the state of Michoacan, in Mexico,……

Anecdote The Steam Hammers Of The Industrial Age

Standing proudly at the entrance to the French industrial town of Le Creusot, in the region of Bourgogne in the eastern part of the country, is a colossal Creusot steam hammer built more than a centur……

Anecdote Nasreddin Hodja of Turkey

You may have not heard of Nasreddin Hodja, but in the Middle East, Central Asia, and parts of Europe, Nasreddin Hodja is a famous folk character. His stories have been told across a vast geographic ar……

Anecdote Mary And Her Little Lamb

The childhood nursery rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb" is familiar to all, but did you know its based on a real Mary and a real lamb and a real incident that took place at school? The real Mary, Mary S……