33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can't Believe These Actually Exist On Earth... So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about it. Here are 33 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies. earthporm.com During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world's largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites. michaelyamashita.com These unqiuely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” niccolobonfadini.comniccolobonfadini.com These sentinels are actually giant trees covered in snow and ice. apod.nasa.gov natureflip.com This 240-meter-long cave system has been one of Guilin, China’s most popular attractions for over 1200 years. amusingplanet.com all-that-is-interesting.com Ice caves are temporary structures that form at the edge of glaciers when flowing water melts a hole into glaciers. amusingplanet.com all-that-is-interesting.com wikipedia.org
The Other Mystery of Easter Island Moai statues Easter Island is branded into popular consciousness as the home of the mysterious and towering moai statues, but these are not the only curiosity the South Pacific island holds. Where the moai are fascinating for their unknown purpose and mysterious craftsmen, the island's lost language of Rongorongo is equally perplexing. The unique written language seems to have appeared suddenly in the 1700s, but within just two centuries it was exiled to obscurity. Known as Rapa Nui to the island's inhabitants, Rongorongo is a writing system comprised of pictographs. In 1864, Father Joseph Eyraud became the first non-islander to record Rongorongo. Some time later, Bishop Florentin Jaussen of Tahiti attempted to translate the texts. In 1886 Paymaster William Thompson of the ship USS Mohican became interested in the pictographic system during a journey to collect artifacts for the National Museum in Washington. An Indus valley connection? A Rongorongo Tablet
Seven Of The World’s Most Treacherous Climbs pictures from the sky Most Beautiful Forests in The World Bluebells in Halle`s forest, Belgium. From late April to early May a few acres of woodlands are covered by a splendid carpet of wild bluebell hyacinths. Photo by: Raimund Linke Thick grove of poplar trees, Oregon. Photo by: David Thompson Arashiyama, a bamboo forest in Kyoto, Japan. Magical winter in Quebec forest, Canada. The Black Forest during night in Baden-Württemberg region, southwestern Germany. Deep in the green forest, France. Natural the tunnel near Halnaker, England. Mysterious glowing light in a Finland forest. Beautiful forest from a fairy tale, Belgium. White carpathians forest in autumn. Splendid yellow forest. Deep in the moss forest, Spain.
Lavender fields of France Asteroid Impact Craters on Earth as Seen From Space | Wired Science Asteroid impact craters are among the most interesting geological structures on any planet. Many other planets and moons in our solar system, including our own moon, are pock-marked with loads of craters. But because Earth has a protective atmosphere and is geologically active — with plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, mostly relatively young oceanic crust, and harsh weathering from wind and water — impact structures don’t last long and can be tough to come by. But on a few old pieces of continent, especially in arid deserts, the marks of asteroids have been preserved. Aorounga crater, pictured above and below, is one of the best preserved impact craters on Earth, thanks in part to its location in the Sahara Desert in Chad. Images: NASA Pages: 1 2345678910View All
Pictures From the Sky Update: These beautiful pictures were taken by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand . His website is Awesome Nature Photos Of Incredible Places Nature photography tends to put a stronger emphasis on the aesthetic value of the photo than other photography genres, such as photojournalism and documentary photography. Apart from this difference, nature photography will always be more surprising than any other type of photography. Nature, with all its resources creates far more beautiful scenery than what a man can create artificially. Kochia Hill, Hitachinaka City, Japan Japanese Tea Field Tea Garden near Mt. Hokitika gorge, New Zealand Fields of Lavender in Provence, France Tibet Altay mountains, Russia Beachview Bamboo Forest in Kyoto, Japan Garden The Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado Banyan tree Cypress Gardens, FL In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks 1500 year old Angel Oak in Charleston, South Carolina Flower Ocean in China Nature finds a way Moraine Lake, Canada So Full Tree in Portland Japanese Garden Ponthus beech in Brocéliande forest, Bretagne, France Nagano, Japan Marqueyssac Gardens – Vézac, France Piúva Path in the woods
20 free attractions in London Who cares if London's hotels and restaurants tend to be on the expensive side? No city in the world has more free stuff to do. In addition to world-class museums without a ticket admission, you get the parks, canal walks, super markets (Portobello Road Market at Notting Hill Gate, Camden Market at Chalk Farm Rd, wonderful Columbia Road Flower Market at Gosset St in East London etc) and maybe some royal-spotting, and you can fill a life. London, thank you! Here's the mere start of the free list: 1. Around, more or less, since the 13th century, the Borough Market is stuffed with food-lovers and all you need for a memorable grab-and-go breakfast or lunch. 2. Hidden under Waterloo Bridge, the institute features four cinemas (not free) and the fun Mediatheque, where you can peruse DTV/film archives and watch for free. 3. Unreal; one of London's top attractions, and absolutely free. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Those Victorians sure liked to 'c & c' (collect and catalogue). 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.
Five More Of History's Most Iconic Photographs Iconic Photographs: Tiananmen Square ‘Tank Man’, 1989 Despite being an event that China would like the world to forget, this image of the anonymous ‘Tank Man’ who stood in front of advancing tanks the day after the Tiananmen Square Massacre spoke volumes around the world about the struggle for democracy in China. Though the ‘Tank Man’ was eventually dragged away, the photograph became synonymous with political activism and resistance in the modern world. History’s Most Iconic Photographs: Man Walks on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, 1969 Taken by Neil Armstrong, this iconic photograph captures Buzz Aldrin as he walks along the moons surface in 1969 Battle Iwo Jima Flag Raising, Joe Rosenthal, 1945 The flag raising at Iwo Jima was the defining image of the Pacific theater of World War 2 and one of history’s most iconic photographs.
The Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime | minube Buena Vista Images via Getty Images With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we’ve gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to the modern cities of Asia, the Americas, and beyond, here are the 50 cities you must see during your lifetime. 1.) Click here for more photos of Venice 2.) Click here for more photos of Seville 3.) Click here for more photos of New York City 4.) Click here for more photos of Lhasa 5.) Click here for more photos of Rio de Janeiro 6.) Click here for more photos of London 7.) Click here for more photos of Marrakech 8.) Click here for more photos of Petra 9.) Click here for more photos of Rome 10.) Click here for more photos of Varanasi 11.) Click here for more photos of Florence 12.) Click here for more photos of Havana 13.) Click here for more photos of Kyoto 14.) Click here for more photos of Jerusalem 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.)
The 30 Most Picturesque Winter Towns From Around The World Rothenburg ob der Tauber is an incredibly well preserved medieval old town that every winter transforms into something that resembles a fairytale. Mt Buller is one of the few places in Australia that actually see frequent snowfall. This beautifully snow-capped mountain region is popular with bikers, skiers, snowboarders, and hikers. Surrounded by mountain paths, El Chaltén is popular with trekkers during the summer. Queenstown is built around the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, which has spectacular views of surrounding mountains including Walter Peak and The Remarkables. Naarden is a town built within a star fort, complete with fortified walls and a moat. Sheltered by picturesque mountains, Bled was founded in 1004 and considered so beautiful by the Holy Roman Emperor that it was gifted to the Bishop of Brixen. If you've ever wanted to escape humanity, this is the place. Štramberk lies on the slope of a forested hill dominated by a magnificent medieval tower that still looks over the town.
Six Amazing Oceanic Creatures The depths of the ocean are jam-packed with weird and wonderful creatures — great, small, hairy, ugly, colorful and alike. We were hard-pressed to pick just six, but here are some of lesser known and most amazing oceanic creatures of the seas: Amazing Oceanic Creatures: Axolotl The Axolotl is a species of salamander that fails to undergo full metamorphosis, retaining qualities from the larvae stage into their adult phase. The species is generally found in Mexico,and is named after an Aztec term that means ‘water doll’. Axolotl’s are characterized by five colors (mottled black/green, white, gold, black, albino), long tails, a fin from the back of the head to the tail, four lizard-like legs, feathery gills and the ability to regenerate limbs. Amazing Oceanic Creatures: Yeti Lobster The Kiwa Hirsuta, more commonly known as Yeti Lobster, was discovered in March 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean.