Catacombes de Paris – Paris, France. In 2004, Parisian police were assigned to do a training exercise in a previously uncharted part of the Catacombs of Paris beneath the Palais de Chaillot. Entering the catacombs through a drain, officers first came across a sign that read “Building site, no access,” and a bit further in, a camera that actively recorded images of those who passed. As the officers approached the camera, a recording of dogs barking was triggered. The police descended deeper into the tunnels and discovered a 500-square-meter cavern with a fully equipped cinema. It included a giant cinema screen, projection equipment, chairs and a handful of films, from film noir classics to recent thrillers. Someone had turned this abandoned underground cavern into a secret amphitheater. Aside from this, in the next “room,” police discovered a fully-stocked bar and restaurant, complete with tables and chairs.
Quarry tunnels have existed on the outskirts of Paris since Roman times. The 13 Most Remote Islands In The World. The tiny nation of Kiribati will soon be underwater — here's the plan to save its people. Kiribati, a tiny nation on a chain of 33 atolls and reef islands in the South Pacific, could be the first entire country eliminated by climate change.
As seas rise, the islands are increasingly inundated by high tides, and islanders believe the sea will swallow their lands in less than a generation. That has thrust former three-term president Anote Tong into the spotlight. Facing the reality of his country's rapid disappearance, Tong spent his presidency making practical preparations for the relocation Kiribati's 100,000 citizens out of their homeland to ensure that when it truly becomes unlivable they won't become refugees. Planning for what he calls "migration with dignity", Tong purchased 6,000 acres of land in Fiji for the I-Kiribati to move to and relocated 75 citizens a year to New Zealand. But dignity, he maintained, also means having a homeland for the diaspora to remember, so he suggested raising one of the islands to protect it for posterity.
AT: I think there is. Lake Michigan is So Clear Right Now its Shipwrecks Are Visible From the Air. The Abandoned Fishing Village of Gouqi Island. In the mouth of the Yangtze River off the eastern coast of China, a small island holds a secret haven lost to the forces of time and nature—an abandoned fishing village swallowed by dense layers of ivy slowly creeping over every brick and path. Houtou Wan Village is located on Gouqi Island, which belongs to a group of 394 islands known as the Shengsi Islands in the Zhoushan Archipelago.
It's one of many examples of small villages in China that have become ghost towns due to urbanization, inaccessibility, depletion of resources, and shifts in industry, among other factors. Once a thriving settlement merely half a century ago, Houtou Wan Village was gradually deserted when the small bay could no longer meet the needs of the increasing number of fishing boats. Above photo credit: Jane Qing Photo credit: Jane Qing Photo credit: Xie Yixuan Photo credit: Xie Yixuan Photo credit: 晴天下微笑的绿蓑衣 Photo credit: sccai6069 via [Bored Panda], [Amusing Planet], [zhenxuan] 30 Incredible Earth Pictures. 1. The Blue Dragon by Steve Richards 2. Shore in Seychelles 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30.
The World's Six Most Beautiful Lakes. World’s Beautiful Lakes: Five-Flower Lake, China The pristine water of Wuhua Hai, or Five-Flower Lake, is the pride of Jiuzhaigon National Park in China. The shallow lake glistens different shades of turquoise and its floor is littered with fallen ancient tree trunks. Wuhua Hai is one in the legendary 108 haizi, or multicolored lakes, in the national park that according to legend, were created after an ancient Goddess dropped a mirror that her lover had given her, smashing it into 108 pieces.
The amazing colors make it one of the world’s most beautiful lakes: Plitvice Lakes, Croatia In any given day, the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia can emit hues ranging from green and grey to blue and azure. Google Earth captures the odd, the strange and the ugly. How many countries are there in the world? There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine.
Not in the list Not included in this total count of 195 countries are: Taiwan - the United Nations considers it represented by the People's Republic of China The Cook Islands and Niue, both states in free association with New Zealand which are members of several UN specialized agencies and have been recognized "full treaty-making capacity", but are neither member states nor non-member observer states. Dependencies (or dependent territories, dependent areas, dependencies) and Areas of Special Sovereignty (autonomous territories) Other countries recognized by the United Nations as not being self-governing Where are they located? Of the 195 countries in the world: List of countries.
The rare beauty found within Google street view. It is not often when browsing through Google street view that you come across anything of real beauty but Aaron Hobson has found some rather rare examples of what the Google car cam has caught while traveling around the world. Update: You can now see even more photos from the Google car cam here: The rare beauty found within google street view 2. 52 Places to Go in 2015. A revitalized city welcomes the world. Sure, Italy is rich with romantic cities like Florence, Venice and Rome — but its most vibrant might just be Milan. And this is the year for tourists to explore its charms, as it hosts the 2015 World Expo. Twenty million visitors are expected to visit the city for the Expo, a mammoth event that runs from May through October and involves more than 130 participating nations and organizations sponsoring more than 60 pavilions.
The Expo’s theme focuses on food, nutrition and sustainability practices — a fitting choice for a city steeped in Italian culinary traditions. Highlights will include the Future Food District, a space to explore technological advances affecting the global food chain, and the Lake Arena, an Expo centerpiece with a mirrorlike pond and fountain fed by water from the city’s canals. And Milanese restaurants are earning acclaim for their increased focus on diverse regional cuisines from across the Italian peninsula. 36 Strange and Funny Google Street View Photos. We wanted to post these awesome Google Street View photos a long time ago, but somehow they got lost along the way. Luckily, I found them while reading Twisted Sifter. We tried our best to find more cool examples of Google Street View images, however almost every source was pointing to Jon Rafman.
Montreal based artist Jon Rafman isn’t the original photographer but instead he explores Google Street Views and takes screenshots of the most unusual and funny sights. The original images were taken by an army of Google’s hybrid electric automobiles, each one equipped with nine cameras on a single pole trying to photograph every highway and byway in the world. “The world captured by Google appears to be more truthful and more transparent because of the weight accorded to external reality, the perception of a neutral, unbiased recording, and even the vastness of the project,” said Jon in his interview to Art Fag City.
Website: 9-eyes.com. Wildlife Overpasses Around The World: Working With Nature, Not Against. Rapid deforestation and excessive human intervention into wildlife habitat has lead to frequent straying of wild animals into human habitation. Intrusion into wildlife habitat typically occurs due to illegal encroachment and also when roads, railroads, canals, electric power lines, and pipelines penetrate and divide wildlife habitat. Wild animals attempting to cross roads often find themselves in front of speeding vehicles. Road mortality has significantly impacted a number of prominent species in the United States and elsewhere, including white-tailed deer, Florida panthers, and black bears. According to a study made in 2005, nearly 1.5 million traffic accidents involving deer occur each year in the United States that cause an estimated $1.1 billion in vehicle damage.
In addition, species that are unable to migrate across roads to reach resources such as food, shelter and mates experiences reduced reproductive and survival rates. Wildlife overpass in Banff National Park. Photo credit. Marvel at the Magnificent Marble Caves. Can you imagine something happening that would endanger these exquisite azure caverns? It might if Chile continues with plans to build five hydro-power dams in Patagonia. Photo #7 by © Jorge Leon Cabello The water has eroded the marble to create cavities and marble caves. There are different color shades, depending on the contents’ impurities.
There are white banks of great purity, but it is also possible to find blue and pink marble banks due to the presence of other minerals. Photo #11 by Nico14uc Amazing geological formations on Chilean side of Lake Carrera. It would be a real shame if the hydro-power dams damage the lake and the marble caves on top of the surrounding natural habitats for wildlife. View of the lake and where to find the marble caverns in the Aysen region of Chile.
Deadly lake turns animals into statues. (Images: Nick Brandt) ACCORDING to Dante, the Styx is not just a river but a vast, deathly swamp filling the entire fifth circle of hell. Perhaps the staff of New Scientist will see it when our time comes but, until then, Lake Natron in northern Tanzania does a pretty good job of illustrating Dante's vision. Unless you are an alkaline tilapia (Alcolapia alcalica) – an extremophile fish adapted to the harsh conditions – it is not the best place to live. Temperatures in the lake can reach 60 °C, and its alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5. The lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
When salt islands form in the lake, lesser flamingos take the opportunity to nest – but it is a risky business, as this calcified bird (top) illustrates. The Pacific island that never was. For more than a decade it has featured on the world's maps. Viewed from Google Earth, Sandy Island appears as a dark, tantalising sliver, set amid the shimmering vastness of the Pacific Ocean. But when marine scientists arrived at the island in the Coral Sea off Australia they were in for something of a shock: it didn't exist. Where there was supposed to be a sandy outcrop complete with palm trees, a few coconuts and maybe a turtle there was merely blue undulating water. The Australian scientists, led by Maria Seaton, a geologist at Sydney University, had embarked on a voyage to study plate tectonics. They spotted that the enigmatic island lay along their route.
But there were several puzzling discrepancies: though the island appeared on the Google Earth map, there were no images of it. It had also featured for the past 12 years on the usually reliable world coastline database. "And so at that point we thought: Well, who do we trust? Humans have been making maps for thousands of years. Cave of the Crystals. Selenite "sword", 22.6×2.6×1.6 cm. A small version of the giant crystals, likely found in a natural cavity in the mine. Note the exceptional clarity of the crystal. A group of scientists known as the Naica Project have been heavily involved in researching these caverns. Formation of the crystals Naica lies on an ancient fault and there is an underground magma chamber below the cave.
Discovery In 1910 miners discovered a cavern beneath the Naica mine workings, the Cave of Swords (Spanish: Cueva de las Espadas). The Cave of Crystals is a horseshoe-shaped cavity in limestone. Two other smaller caverns were also discovered in 2000, the Queen’s Eye Cave and the Candles’ Cave, and a further chamber was found in a drilling project in 2009. Exploration and scientific studies A scientific team coordinated by Paolo Forti, specialist of cave minerals and crystallographer at the University of Bologna (Italy) explored the cave in detail in 2006.
Future closure See also Oklahoma school finds hidden time capsule. Little People's Village, Middlebury, Connecticut. Photo by Ray Bendici The Damned Story: One of the allegedly creepiest places in Connecticut is Little People's Village, tucked away in the woods of Middlebury. A complex of crumbling doll-sized houses and odd structures next to the remains of a stone house, it's rumored to be the damned legacy of insanity brought on by . . . the little people.
One of the many versions of the story goes that back about a century ago, a man and his wife (who may or may not have been a witch) were living peacefully in Middlebury when she started seeing small fairy folk in the woods around their home. To accommodate these pixie-like creatures, she demanded her husband build a tiny village. As the years passed and the village grew, the enchantment faded into madness.
The abandoned smurf-scale town is all that's left to mark the couple's anguished demise. There's also a "throne" here (at left) -- supposedly carved by the bewitched builder by request of the king of the little people. Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan. 27 Surreal Places To Visit Before You Die. The Beauty of Kenya in 50 Tropical Photos. Cheval des Andes Polo Match in Argentina. The Land of Tulips. Abandoned on Everest. Amazing Collection of Beautiful Places and Spaces. Club 33. 50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth.
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