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Culture Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in California

California poppies bloom all over the state, but the western side of Antelope Valley in northern Los Angeles County is the most consistent poppy-bearing land, protected from grazing and other human in……

Culture Wolfe Creek Crater, Australia

Wolfe Creek Crater is a well-preserved meteorite impact crater located in the flat plains of the northeastern edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia, some 150 km south of the town of Hall……

Culture Krishna's Butter Ball – A Balancing Rock at Mahabalipuram

Krishnas Butterball is a curious tourist attraction in Mahabalipuram, a town about 60 km south of Chennai famous for its stone carvings. The butterball is a giant balancing rock, 5 meters in diameter,……

Culture Tree of Life, Bahrain: A Miraculous Survival in the Desert

The Tree of Life or Shajarat-al-Hayat in Bahrain is a remarkable tree. Located 10 km from Askar and some 3.5 km west from Jaww, this 32-feet tall Prosopis cineraria has been making a seemingly impossi……

Culture Pingualuit Impact Crater in Canada

In the far north of Quebec, a province in Canada, lies an exceptional natural wonder a circular lake of blue waters confined within the walls of an ancient but well-preserved meteorite crater. Largel……

Culture The Rock Islands of Palau

Palau is an archipelago of about 250 islands, located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is its own country the Republic of Palau, although geographically it is part of the larger island group of Micro……

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……

Anecdote Sayhuite Stone: An Ancient Hydraulic Scale Model of The Inca Empire?

About 47 kilometers east of the city Abancay, in southern-central Peru, lies the archeological site of Sayhuite or Saywite, described by historians as a center of religious worship for Inca people, wh……

Anecdote Chattahoochee Plantation, The 10-Foot Wide City

In the early 1950s, Atlanta, the most populous city in the U.S. Georgia, was growing at an incredible rate spilling its borders into the surrounding areas. Within a short period of time, it had triple……

Anecdote Famous Porcelain Tower of Nanjing Rebuilt

The lost Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, ranked one of the seven wonders of the medieval world, is back in Nanjing more than a hundred and fifty years after it was destroyed. One of the most famous of Chi……

Anecdote The Schwerbelastungskörper And Hitler’s Grand Plans For Berlin

On the corner of Dudenstrasse and General-Pape-Strasse in Berlin, between the S-Bahn tracks and a housing estate, stands a massive cylindrical block of concrete. Inside the structure are a few rooms w……

Anecdote The Ancient Aqueducts of Nazca Desert

Dotting the landscape across the dry valleys of southern Peru, near the city of Nazca, an area famous for the mysterious Nazca lines, are large spiraling, rock-lined holes that lead to an underground……

Anecdote The Haytor Granite Tramway

To the north of Haytor Rocks, on the eastern edge of Dartmoor in the English county of Devon, are the disused remains of an old granite quarry and a granite tramway built to move stones from the quarr……

Anecdote The Monument to Hugh Glass

Perhaps the most memorable scene from the 2015 movie The Revenant was Hugh Glass, played by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, being attacked by a grizzly bear. It was arguably one of the most realistic depicti……

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 The Windswept Trees at Slope Point, New Zealand

Slope Point is the most southern point of New Zealands South Island. The region is consistently lashed with fierce and cold southwesterly winds that blow up from Antarctica. The wind here is so intens……

Culture Rapa River Delta, Sweden

The Rapa River (also called Rapaätno) flows through the Sarek National Park, winding through magnificent mountain ranges and narrow valleys, in north Norrland, in Norrbotten County, Sweden. A tributar……

Culture Waw an Namus: An Oasis in a Volcanic Crater

Waw an Namus is an extinct volcanic crater located in one of the remotest destinations in Libya, deep in the Sahara desert almost at its geographic center. Waw n-Namus volcanic field is about 4 km wid……

Culture Travelling Sand Dunes of Fraser Island

Fraser Island is located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane. Stretching 120 kilometers in length and approximately 24 kilometers……

Culture Half Dome, The Granite Peak at Yosemite National Park

One of Yosemite National Park's most familiar sights is Half Dome, a granite dome rising nearly 5,000 feet above the valley floor. In 1865, the California Geological Survey declared the dome "perfectl……

Culture Al Wahbah Crater: A Pearly White Crater in Saudi Arabia

The Al Wahaba crater (also spelled Al Waba) is located in the Saudi Arabian desert, 254 km from Taif on the western edge of the Hafer Kishb basalt plateau, which contains many volcanic cones. This pho……