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Culture Badab-e Surt: A Step Terraced Hot Spring in Iran

Badab-e Surt is a natural wonder located in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran, 95 kilometers south of the city of Sari. The site consist of a range of stepped terraces made of travertine, a sedimen……

Culture Krubera Cave – The World’s Deepest Cave

Krubera Cave, also known as Voronya Cave (Russian for Crows Cave) is the deepest known cave on Earth. It is located in the Arabika Massif, one of the largest high-mountain limestone karst massifs in t……

Culture Dry Falls: The Largest Waterfall That No Longer Exist

Located in central Washington, on the opposite side of the Upper Grand Coulee from the Columbia River, is a 3.5-mile long and 400-foot high scalloped precipice known as Dry Falls. As the name suggests……

Culture The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes – An Alaskan Oddity

The Kobuk Valley National Park, in Alaska, is one of the most remotely located national parks in the world. Situated on the edge of the arctic circle, this park has no roads that lead to it. The only……

Culture Waterfalls on Uluru: A Rare Sight

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in central Australia, and one of the most recognizable natural landmarks of the country. The 348 meters-high sandstone formation lo……

Culture Desert Wildflowers in the Colorado Plateau

The Colorado Plateau is mostly desert, with a few scattered areas of forests. The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks, every few years, this barren desert is tra……

Culture Hallerbos, The Blue Forest of Belgium

Located just at the boundary of Flanders and Wallonia, in the municipality of Halle, about 30 minutes south of Brussels, lies the forest of Hallerbos or Halle's Wood in English. From late April to ear……

Culture The Heaven’s Gate of Tianmen Shan, China

Chinas Tianmen Shan or the Heaven's Gate Mountain in Hunan province is named after an incredible cave natural arch eroded through the karst syncline. The Heavens Gate, as the arch is called, is locate……

Anecdote The Crypt of Civilization

Under the foundation of Phoebe Hearst Memorial Hall at Oglethorpe University in Georgia, the United States, is a large room, that was sealed shut with a welded stainless steel door more than seventy f……

Anecdote Playgrounds From The Space Age

The rocket holds a special place in history. Its an icon of technological progress thats both revered and feared at the same time. During the sixties of the last century, the United States and the Sov……

Culture The Twelve Apostles, Australia

The Twelve Apostles is a collection of dramatic limestone stacks that rises up to 45 meters, 7 km off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, in Victoria, Australia. Located by the side of the i……

Culture The Octopus Tree of Oregon

The Octopus Tree is a massive Sitka spruce located a few hundred feet from Cape Meares Lighthouse on the Oregon Coast, in the U.S. The tree is shaped like an inverted octopus with branches growing lik……

Culture Cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico

Cenotes are natural pits or sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. They are especially associated with the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, which i……

Culture The Shadow of Mount Rainier

All objects, big or small, cast shadows and so do mountains. However, one particular peak displays a peculiar behavior it cast shadows not on the ground, but up in the clouds. How does that happen?……

Culture The Flaming Rocks of Chimaera, Turkey

About 80 km southwest of Antalya, near the town of Çıralı in southwestern Turkey, lies a rocky mountain thats been literally on fire for thousands of years. About a dozen flames burn on the side of th……

Culture Disastrous Sinkholes From Around the World

In the last few years, news of unexpected sinkholes swallowing cars, houses and people have made headlines with disturbingly high frequency. These reports are mainly coming from Florida, the U.S., whe……

Culture Skradinski buk in Croatia

Skradinski buk is the longest and the most popular waterfall on the Krka River and is one of Croatias best known natural wonders. It is a massive, clear, natural pool with high waterfalls at one end a……

Culture Mar Chiquita, a Secluded Beach in Puerto Rico

Mar Chiquita, or Little Sea, is a small beach in a protected cove near the eastern end of a long rocky wall exposed on the coast of Manatí in northern Puerto Rico, about 40 kilometers west of San Juan……

Culture Wadi Al-Hitan, the Valley of Whales in Egypt

The deserts of Egypt contains some of the best preserved paleontological sites in the world one of which is Wadi al-Hitan or the Valley of Whales. This remote valley in the Western Desert, some 150 km……

Culture Guelta d’Archei, a Surprising Oasis in Chad

Guelta d'Archei is an oasis, or rather a guelta, in the heart of the Sahara desert. A guelta is a peculiar type of wetland, typical of desert regions, formed when underground water in lowland depressi……

Culture New Zealand’s Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is a popular beach and geothermal attraction located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, approximately 12 kilometers southeast of Whitianga. Between low and h……

Culture Sivash Salt Lagoons in the Crimean Peninsula

The Crimean Peninsula lies between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, just south of the Ukrainian mainland, and is almost completely surrounded by water. It is connected with the Ukrainian mainland by……

Culture Toxic Algae Bloom on Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the fourth largest of the five Great Lakes in North America, and the eleventh largest lake in the world, by surface area. Lake Erie, aside from providing drinking water to the neighboring……

Culture Gypsum Lakes or Birridas of Shark Bay

The most westerly point of the Australian continent, next to the Indian Ocean is called Shark Bay, an area of exceptional natural features and a World Heritage site. Scattered around Shark Bay, especi……

Culture Tree in the Rock, in Wyoming

Located right in the middle of Interstate 80, between Cheyenne and Laramie, in southeast Wyoming is a peculiar tree. The tree is a limber pine, which is common to the area, but this one seems to be gr……