Unusual Natural Formations -

 

Unusual Atmospheric Events -

 

  & Aerial Views from Around the World

 

 

~ Unusual Natural Formations ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Hill - Pyramids in the Philippines

Composed of around 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills of about the same size spread over an area of more than 50 square kilometres (20 sq mi), this highly unusual geological formation, called Chocolate Hills, is located in Bohol, Philippines. There are a number of hypotheses regarding the formation of the hills. These include simple limestone weathering, sub-oceanic volcanism, the uplift of the seafloor and a more recent theory which maintains that as an ancient active volcano self-destructed, it spewed huge blocks of stone which were then covered with limestone and later thrust forth from the ocean bed.

This is incredible. 1776 Pyramids. and the name is great -

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine – Patagonia - Chile

This spectacular park is located in the Patagonia region and draws tourism to southern Chile. The national park comprises 18,414 hectares of forest, glacial lakes and some of the Andes’ youngest peaks. Over million of years water, snow, wind and ice have eroded the terrain creating Torres del Paine, one of the world’s most dramatic natural landscapes.
 

 

 

Petrified Ancient Tree Trunk Fossil

 

 

 

 

Statue of Extinct Milodon

 

 

 

Milodon Cave/ Cueva del Milodon – Patagonia - Chile

 

Cueva del Milodón Natural Monument is a Natural Monument located in the Chilean Patagonia,[1] 24 km (15 mi) northwest of Puerto Natales and 270 km (168 mi) north of Punta Arenas. The monument is situated along the flanks of the Cerro Benitez Mountains.[2] It comprises several caves and a rock formation called Silla del Diablo (Devil's Chair). The monument includes a cave which is notable for the discovery in 1895 of skin, bones and other parts of a giant ground sloth called Mylodon (Mylodon darwini).

 

The largest cave in the monument is the 200 m long Milodon Cave. It was discovered in 1895 by Hermann Eberhard, German explorer of Patagonia. He found a large, seemingly fresh piece of skin of an unidentified animal. In 1896 the cave was explored by Otto Nordenskjöld and later it was recognized that the skin belonged to Mylodon - an extinct animal which died 10,200 - 13,560 years ago

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cueva_del_Milod%C3%B3n_Natural_Monument

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catedral de Mármol - Chile

 

The Marble Cathedral - a natural wonder that could be the world's most beautiful cave network. An azure temple created by nature, the walls of this network of water-filled marble caverns show just how magnificent the precious geography of our planet can be. Visitors to the water-sculpted blue caverns see light reflected off the turquoise waters of South America's second largest freshwater lake, General Carrera in Patagonia, Chile.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2021090/The-marble-cathedral-Chile-Natural-wonder-worlds-beautiful-cave-network.html



Marble Caves – Slides ( 5 mins)

Incredible photos of the marble caves on lake General Carrera, Aisén, Chile

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSlPD0I1DlQ



Catedral de Marmol, Lago General Carrera, Chile ( 3:50 mins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odeln-634cQ
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desierto Florido / Flowering Desert - Atacama Desert - Chile

 

El desierto florido es un fenómeno climático que se produce en el Desierto de Atacama, que se ubica en Chile. El fenómeno consiste en la aparición de una gran diversidad de flores entre los meses de Septiembre y Noviembre, en los años en que las precipitaciones son inusuales (sobre el rango normal para el desierto). El fenómeno ocurre cuando las lluvias hacen que gran cantidad de semillas y bulbos que se encontraban en estado de latencia germinen al llegar la primavera, acompañadas de la proliferación de insectos, aves y especies de lagartos pequeños. El evento se extiende en su mayor esplendor desde el sur de la ciudad de Vallenar, hasta el norte de la ciudad de Copiapó, tanto en las zonas costeras como interiores y cordilleranas.

Climáticamente, el evento se relaciona con el Fenómeno del Niño, que implica un sobrecalentamiento de las corrientes marinas del litoral del país, lo que genera un aumento en las precipitaciones.

Las flores constituyen más de 200 especies, la gran mayoría de carácter endémico (que existen sólo en esa región geográfica). Predominan especies diferentes si se trata de una zona costera o interior, y florecen de manera no simultánea durante el periodo indicado. ...

 

Video Oficial Desierto Florido - Región de Atacama  ( 3 mins)

 

A fines agosto, el Desierto de Atacama se cubre de multicolores y brillantes flores en un fenómeno increíble que turistas de todo el mundo vienen a admirar: el famoso Desierto Florido, un milagro natural que germina muy de vez en cuando gracias a la humedad de la "camanchaca" costera penetra la aridez del desierto.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1lwJLIqo_w

 

Desierto Florido Atacama 2011 ( 4 mins)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMupt9_Jvic

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portada de Antofagasta – Puerta del Sol – Chile

La naturaleza nos sorprende con monumentales estructuras, que han permanecido por más de 35 millones de años. - En el caso de la Portada de Antofagasta, ésta constituye la admiración de los mejores ingenieros y constructores de fama internacional. "Antofagasti"; así llamaban los changos al actual Monumento Natural La Portada, cuyo vocablo significa "Puerta del Sol", y que hoy se considera símbolo de la ciudad.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Split Apple Rock - Abel Tasman National Park - New Zealand

A unique rock formation known as Split Apple Rock surfaces out of the Tasman Sea in Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.

Located in the turquoise hues of the Tasman Sea in Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island of New Zealand, sits the unique rock formation known as Split Apple Rock. Many visitors to Abel Tasman National Park, take to the water by kayak where they can explore Split Apple Rock at close range but the rock is clearly visible from the beautiful sandy beach.

Split Apple Rock is located between Marahau and Kaiteriteri at the beginning of Abel Tasman National Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Ayers Rock - Australia

Located in the Northern Territory of Australia, Uluru is a massive outcrop of eroded red sandstone (inselberg) that towers above the surrounding region. The name derives from the local Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara peoples, the Anangu, and is a sacred place for both groups. There are many myths and legends surrounding the origin and purpose of the formation. One source claims that it is the physical embodiment of the Turtle Spirit. It is reputed to be very bad luck to take away any stone or part of Uluru. There are apparently many reported cases of people who have gone to great lengths to return items that they once took. Geologically Uluru is many millions of years old and has numerous caves and small fountains. It is estimated that the area has been inhabited for more than 10,000 years and examples of ancient rock paintings can still be seen in some of the caves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Barrier Coral Reef is a Wonder of the World - Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia.


The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

 

 

Satellite Image of part of the Great Barrier Reef - Australia

It is adjacent to the Queensland coastal areas of Airlie Beach and Mackay.

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Stromatolites in Shark Bay, Western Australia

Stromatolites or stromatoliths (pronounced /strɵˈmætoʊlaɪts/; from Greek στρώμα, strōma, mattress, bed, stratum, and λιθος, lithos, rock) are layered accretionary structures formed in shallow water by the trapping, binding and cementation of sedimentary grains by biofilms of microorganisms, especially cyanobacteria (commonly known as blue-green algae). Stromatolites provide some of the most ancient records of life on Earth.

Modern stromatolites are mostly found in hypersaline lakes and marine lagoons where extreme conditions due to high saline levels exclude animal grazing. They grow very slowly, about 5 cm every 100 years. They also Photosynthesize and release Oxigen into the air. - One such location is Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Shark Bay in Western Australia where excellent specimens are observed today, and another is Lagoa Salgada, state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, where modern stromatolites can be observed as bioherm (domal type) and beds. Inland stromatolites can also be found in saline waters in Cuatro Ciénegas, a unique ecosystem in the Mexican desert, and in Lake Alchichica, a maar lake in Mexico's Oriental Basin. Modern stromatolites are only known to prosper in an open marine environment in the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas…


Stromatolites of Hamelin Pool ( 8:09 mins)

Dive amongst the stromatolites of Shark Bay, Australia. A rare living example of the world's earliest known ecosystem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzwvjOSS2Pc&feature=player_embedded#!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Natural Rock Formation in the bush around Sydney, Australia

 

Aboriginal Engraving engravings in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to give a sense of scale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Songs of the Dunes, Moroco - El Canto de las Dunas, Marruecos    ( 4 mins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Zt4XCHj3U
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is a spectacular route through the Northern Japan Alps.

 

Tthe Japanese Alps about 3000 meters high in these mountains of Toyama Prefecture is the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route that connects the city of Toyama with the city of Omachi.

The section of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route linking the Tateyama station and Ogizawa only open from mid April to November, the reason for this hiatus is wintry snow, snow on this section reaches a thickness of 20 meters the most amazed of all is that in mid-April, much of the snow still lingers, so you have to make real corridors of ice to get through that stretch.

 

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Like bizarre creatures rising up out of the ground, these trees are clad in snow and ice after bitterly cold weather in northern Japan. Savouring the unique scenery skiers make their way downhill in at the Zao Onsen ski resort.

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Red Tides

To some, the sea turning red is a sign of the apocalypse. It’s a natural phenomenon called a red tide. This happens when microscopic algae suddenly multiply and turn the water red. It may look cool, but it’s deadly: the toxic algae paralyzes sea life and can kill over 100 tons of fish a day. Sometimes red tides can even turn into blue tides when certain bioluminescent plankton becomes agitated and causes the water to glow bright blue at night, kind of like the ocean’s version of a rave.
 

 

 

 

 

Stone Mountain, Atlanta, GA

Stone Mountain is a Quartz Monzonite Dome Monadnock in Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet (513 m) amsl and 825 feet (251.5 m) above the surrounding area. Stone Mountain granite extends underground 9 miles (14 km) at its longest point into Gwinnett County. Numerous reference books and Georgia literature have dubbed Stone Mountain as “the largest exposed piece of granite in the world". This misnomer is most likely a result of advertisement by granite companies and early park administration. Stone Mountain, though often called a pink granite dome, actually ranges in composition from quartz monzonite[1] to granite and granodiorite.[2] Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world.[3] The carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.

 

 

 

 

A child strikes a rock with a hammer at

Ringing Rocks Park, Pennsylvania,

to generate a distinctive bell sound.
 

 

 

Ringing Rocks Mystery ( Lithophonic rocks)– Eastern Pensylvania

Ringing Rocks are rocks that have the property of resonating like a bell when struck, such as the Musical Stones of Skiddaw in the English Lake District as well as the stones in Ringing Rocks Park, in Upper Black Eddy, Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA and the Bell Rock Range of Western Australia. Ringing rocks are also known as sonorous rocks or lithophonic rocks, as used in idiophonic musical instruments called lithophones.

Ringing Rocks Park Pottstown, Pennsylvania ( 2 mins)

Park in Pottstown where rocks ring like bells when struck with a hammer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBfrLoBpsIQ
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Brimham Rocks near Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, England
 

The Brimham Rocks near Nidderdale, Yorkshire Dales, England are said to have been carved by druids, but they date back to around 320 million years ago when the Yorkshire area formed from sand and other materials washed down from Norway and Scotland, leaving an area known as the Millstone Grit. Later glaciers carved the land down, leaving the strangely-shaped stones exposed, in the period from roughly 73,000 BC to 10,000 BC. The rocks now stand at a little less than 30 meters tall.
 

http://mentalfloss.com/article/23285/natures-stone-giants

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial view of the Natural Arch formation in the Rock Islands of Palau




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Canyon – Rock Formations

 

Arches National Park – the name speaks for itself. Every day before sunset, a crowd of photographers is going to have the most popular Delicate Arch – in hopes of making a unique frame. Besides interesting to wander through the extraordinary landscape in Devils Garden.

A few years ago by one of the arches fell off a piece of this unique moment even managed to photograph one of the photographers. His name is immortalized on an information board.


 

 

 

 

 

 

The Phi Phi Islands Thailand

The Phi Phi Islands are located in Thailand, between the large island of Phuket and the western Andaman Sea coast of the mainland. The islands are administratively part of Krabi province. Ko Phi Phi Don meaning "island" in the Thai language) is the largest island of the group, and is the only island with permanent inhabitants, although the beaches of the second largest island, Ko Phi Phi Lee (or "Ko Phi Phi Leh"), are visited by many people as well. The rest of the islands in the group, including Bida Nok, Bida Noi, and Bamboo Island (Ko Mai Phai), are not much more than large limestone rocks jutting out of the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandstone Waves- Utah

The area near the Utah-Arizona line is a place of strange and delightful rock formations. In the Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness, the renowned Wave formation is made of Jurassic-age Navajo sandstone -- 190-million-year-old sand dunes turned to rock. Stacked one atop another, the dunes calcified in vertical and horizontal layers.

Iron oxides bled through to give the sandstone a salmon color. Hematite and goethite added yellows, oranges, browns and purples. It was all underground until water seeped through a huge vertical crack in a ridge above. The water cut a channel that was then scoured over thousands of years by wind-blown sand, carving out smooth curves and swells that look like cresting ocean waves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Formations In Goblin Valley -  Utah

 

Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations.

Many people think the park landscape has a surreal appearance. A Hollywood movie, Galaxy Quest, was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Percé Rock in Gaspe in Quebec. Canada.

Percé is a small village near the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, Canada. As a municipality, it is 432.39 square km in area with a ville status.


Percé, member of the association of Most Beautiful Villages of Quebec, is mainly a tourist location particularly well-known for the attractions of Percé Rock and Bonaventure Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seven Rocks -  Man-Pupu-Nyor - Russia

 

Seven rock formations called Man-Pupu-Nyor (little mountain of the gods) stand in the Komi Republic, a part of the Ural Mountain area of Russia.

 

 The seven pillars range from 30 to 42 meters tall! They formed when erosion washed away the mountain that once surrounded them over a period of 200 million years.

 

Legend says the stones are evil giants who had a spell cast upon them.

 

The remote location of the pillars makes tourism difficult, but you can get there by helicopter or snowmobile if you are determined.
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dancing Forest - Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia

It is an unusual natural wonder in the Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia. Its trees have grown into twisted shapes, as though they were dancing.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Strangest Village in Afghanistan

According to the description that comes with this very interesting series of images, they depict a village located in Afghanistan. The images show a small town, complete with dwellings, stairways, paths and walk bridges, that has apparently been carved out of strange cone-shaped natural formations nestled on a hillside...

http://chrocodiles.blogspot.com/2010_11_16_archive.html#ixzz1bqAErbFS


 

 

 

 

 

 

Bioluminescence  - Mosquito Bay in Vieques - Puerto Rico

Bioluminescence is the emission of light from an organism. Fireflies, glow worms and plankton are all bioluminescent. Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico, is generally considered to be the largest and brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. Luminescence occurs when micro-organisms, called dinoflagellates, are disturbed in water leaving a trail of neon blue. The spectacle is truly amazing.



Bioluminescence: Bioluminescent Water with Slow Motion ( 1 mins)

- Dinoflagellates bacteria


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=foWeRavzuEs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Donegal Coast And The Giant's Causeway – Northern Ireland

An area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the Giants Causeway is a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Located on the north-east coast of Northern Ireland, most of its columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven and eight sides.

 

The tallest are about 12 meters (36 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters thick in places. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tepui & Angel Fall , World’s Tallest - Venezuela

Canaima National Park. Venezuela

Canaima National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Canaima) is a 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi) park in south-eastern Venezuela that borders Brazil and Guyana. It is located in Bolívar State, and roughly occupies the same area as the Gran Sabana region.

The park was established on 12 June 1962. It is the second largest park in the country, after Parima-Tapirapecó, and sixth biggest national park in the world. It is the size of Belgium or Maryland.

About 65% of the park is occupied by plateaus of rock called tepuis, which are a kind of plateau of millions of years old, with vertical walls and almost flat tops. These constitute a unique biological environment, also of a great geological interest. Its sheer cliffs and waterfalls (including the Angel Falls, which is the highest waterfall in the world, at 1,002 metres (3,287 ft)) are spectacular landscapes.

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial views of Exuma
 

 

 

Bahama Islands, New Providence, Nassau - island viewed from a helicopter aerial view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving Rocks – Death Valley, CA

Sailing stones, sliding rocks, and moving rocks all refer to a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, where the number and length of travel grooves are notable. The force behind their movement is not confirmed and is the subject of research. - The stones move only every two or three years and most tracks develop over three or four years. Stones with rough bottoms leave straight striated tracks while those with smooth bottoms wander. Stones sometimes turn over, exposing another edge to the ground and leaving a different track in the stone's wake.

 

 Trails differ in both direction and length. Rocks that start next to each other may travel parallel for a time, before one abruptly changes direction to the left, right, or even back the direction it came from. Trail length also varies – two similarly sized and shaped rocks may travel uniformly, then one could move ahead or stop in its track.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Blue Hole - Belize

Part of the Lighthouse Reef System, The Great Blue Hole lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. A large, almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (0.4 km) across, it’s one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth. Inside this hole, the water is 480 feet (145 m) deep and it is the depth of water which gives the deep blue color that causes such structures throughout the world to be known as "blue holes."
 

 

 

 

 

 

Eye of the Sahara – Mauritania

This spectacular landform in Mauritania in the southwestern part of the Sahara desert is so huge with a diameter of 30 miles that it is visible from space. Called Richat Structure --or the Eye of the Sahara-- the The formation was originally thought to be caused by a meteorite impact but now geologists believe it is a product of uplift and erosion. The cause of its circular shape is still a mystery.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Barringer Meteorite Crater — Arizona, USA

Really massive meteors that strike Earth—such as the Chicxulub meteor that hit in the Yucatán, Mexico and is thought to have caused mass extinctions—create such devastation that they don’t leave a crater so much as they alter the geology and geography of an entire region. What made the Barringer meteor so tourist friendly (if that’s a term that can be used to describe meteors) is that it was polite enough to fall in a flat and featureless area of Arizona, big enough to create a nice looking crater yet small enough to, you know, not wipe out all of humanity.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wave Rock, Perth – Australia - Unusual Natural formation

The Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located in western Australia. It derives its name from the fact that it is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The total outcrop covers several hectares; the "wave" part of the rock is about 15 meters high and approximately 110 meters long.

 

 One aspect of Wave Rock rarely shown on photographs is the retaining wall about halfway up the rock. This follows the contours and allows rainwater to be collected in a dam. It was constructed in 1951 by the Public Works Department, and such walls are common on many similar rocks in the wheatbelt.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Pamukkale - Turkey

It is not far from the ancient city of Hierapolis..."sacred Apollo" in Turkey.

The Hot Springs of Calcium Carbonate (Tufa) were said to be healing. As the "God Of Healing" Apollo was always associated with Calcium, Calcine or heating, purification by heat of the sun, and calcium carbonate. In ancient times, one could use prayer for healing..or seek "healing through intelligence"... as represented by the God Apollo. Heat of the sun, purifies the body.

Hierapolis-Pamukkale (Turkey) ( 10 mins)

This site is exceptional by virtue of its natural phenomena - warm, heavily mineralized water flowing from springs creating pools and terraces which are visually stunning. It is on this outstanding natural site that Hierapolis, an exceptional example of a Graeco-Roman thermal installation, was established. The Christian monuments of Hierapolis constitute an outstanding example of an early Christian architectural complex.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGlgwZzi24s
 

 

 

 

Ponderosa Pine forest east of Devils Tower
 

 

 

Devils Tower - Wyoming

Located in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River. It rises dramatically 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,112 feet (1,558 m) above sea level.

Devils Tower was the first declared United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Monument's boundary encloses an area of 1,347 acres (5.45 km2).

Film director Steven Spielberg used the location in his 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

 

 

Stone Curtain in Postojna Cave, Slovenia.

 

Travertine terraces in Škocjan Caves, Slovenia.
 

 

 

Stone Curtain in Postojna Cave, Slovenia.

There are many karsts but only one Karst. This limestone region in Southwest Slovenia has given its name to similar landscapes worldwide; many of the odd things that happen when limestone interacts with water were first studied in detail here. The rolling wooded hills may not be as striking on first impression as the Julian Alps to the north, but they contain some of Slovenia's most distinctive attractions - several of them below ground.

Postojna Cave is one of Slovenia's most visited tourist attractions. The visit starts at a busy underground station, from where trains carry hundreds of visitors deep into the mountain. Then you walk through a disorienting series of caverns, each containing a more bizarre array of rock formations than the last. The guides point out the most interesting curtains and columns, and draw your attention to stalactites and stalagmites that resemble various objects in the world above. It's hard to grasp that all this formed was created gradually over two million years, rather than being conceived in the mind of a demented set designer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Lake Cave - Mato Grosso do Sul - Brazil

Mato Grosso do Sul region in Brazil (and especially the quiet town of Bonito) boasts many marvelous underground lakes: Gruta do Lago Azul, Gruta do Mimoso, Aquário Natural. The world famous "Gruta do Lago Azul” (Blue Lake Cave) is a natural monument whose interior is formed by stalactites, stalagmites and a huge and wonderful blue lake. The beauty of the lake is something impressive. The Blue Lake Cave has a big variety of geological formation but impresses mainly for the deep blue colored water of its inside lake.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon River – Aerial Views

The meandering Amazon river near Manaus, Brazil

 

 

       Amazon River Delta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tent Rocks, New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument


The Tent Rocks were a little known BLM site before their elevation to national monument status in January 2001. Kasha-Katuwe is a Keresan phrase meaning 'White Cliffs', Keres being the traditional language of the pueblo tribes of northern New Mexico.

 

The teepee-like formations cover a small area but are quite remarkable, unique in the Southwest - hundreds of white, pinkish or grey spires, sharply conical in shape, lacking any covering vegetation, that occur in several groups on the east side of Peralta Canyon, on the Pajarito Plateau 40 miles west of Santa Fe.

 

 

Upsala Glacier Argentina

 

Fast Ice

 

 

 & Blue Ice

 

 

Unusual Ice Formation

 

Fast Ice - An ice edge goes on for miles Life Beneath Antarctic Ice

http://www.nastyhobbit.org/forum/pics/life-beneath-antarctica/index.html

& Blue Ice - It’s shape suggest a frozen tsunami wave,,, but it is just a natural formation…



 

Drilling Hole Artistic Shape and Shrimp-like Creature Found Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet

Drilling for science that creates a wor of art and at six hundred feet below a massive Antarctic ice sheet, where there is no light, NASA scientists discovered a shrimp-like creature. The shrimp-like creature, a Lyssianasid amphipod, decided to hang out on the camera's cable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzwzOu5AqfY&feature=player_embedded
 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare cave pearls fill dried-out terrace pools near the Garden of Edam in Hang Son Doong. This unusually large collection of stone spheres formed drip by drip over the centuries as calcite crystals left behind by water layered themselves around grains of sand, enlarging over time.

 

 

Hang Ken & Hang Son Doong, Caves - Vietnam - World Largest Cave

 

Hang Son Doong –  Quang Binh province – is the largest natural caves in the world. This cave is located in the caves of Phong Nha-Ke Bang. Hang is part of the underground system connected to more than 150 different activities in Vietnam, located near the border with Laos.

 

A National Geographic Expedition Images - 2010

 

 

Navigating an algae-skinned maze, a sculpted cavescape in Hang Son Doong.

 

A half-mile block of 40-story buildings could fit inside this lit stretch of Hang Son Doong, which may be the world's biggest subterranean passage.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China's Painted Hills - Danxia Landform at Nantaizi village of Nijiaying town, in Linzhe county of Zhangye, Gansu province of China.
 

These incredible landscapes look as if they have been painted in the sweeping pastel brush strokes of an impressionistic artwork.

 

But in fact these remarkable pictures show the actual scenery of Danxia Landform at Nantaizi village of Nijiaying town, in Linzhe county of Zhangye, Gansu province of China.


Formed of layers of reddish sandstone, the terrain has over time been eroded into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and unusual rock formations.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174115/Unique-rock-formations-China-look-drawn-sweeping-hand-impressionist-artist.html


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Li River, Guangxi-Zhuang, China Hills

 

  

 

The 437-kilometer course of the Li and Gui Rivers is flanked by green hills.

 

Li River Cruise, Guilin and Yangshuo, China !!!!!!!  ( 14 mins)

 

YangShuo ! (HD) Li River, YuLong River bamboo rafting and cruise plus cycling and hot-air balooning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R36F9uEk6kY 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giant Crystal Cave - Cave-Chihuahua, Mexico

(Spanish: Cueva de los Cristales) is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found. It looks like Superman's fortress. Hidden deep beneath the surface of the Earth is one of the greatest natural marvels on the planet: a giant crystal cave with crystals up to 36 feet long and weighing 55 tons. But this scorching cavern could kill humans after just 15 minutes of exposure. Follow an international team of scientists as they don high tech protective gear to safely unlock the secrets of the crystal cave. They'll attempt to answer the questions, What are the crystals made of? How did they reach such superheroic proportions? And is there life here?

Found deep inside a mine in southern Chihuahua Mexico, these crystals were formed in a natural cave totally enclosed in bedrock. A geode full of spectacular crystals as tall as pine trees, and in some cases greater in circumference, they are a translucent gold and silver in color and come in many incredible forms and shapes. The Crystal Cave of the Giants was discovered within the same limestone body that hosts the silver-zinc-lead ore bodies exploited by the mine and it was probably dissolved by the same hydrothermal fluids that deposited the metals with the gypsum being crystallized during the waning stages of mineralization.

http://www.downeu.net/g/Giant+Crystal+Cave.html

YouTube- Giant Crystal Cave-Chihuahua, Mexico.mp4 ( 3 mins)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOjWRR5QL_I
 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moeraki Boulders - New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden, and are located at 45°20′42.99″S 170°49′33.82″E / 45.345275°S 170.8260611°E / -45.345275; 170.8260611. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve. The erosion by wave action of mudstone, comprising local bedrock and landslides, frequently exposes embedded isolated boulders. These boulders are grey-colored septarian concretions, which have been exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them and concentrated on the beach by coastal erosion.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cenotes - Playa Del Carmen – Yucatan - Mexico’s - Cenote Caves

One of the most outstanding natural features of the Yucatan and Riviera Maya are the amazing Cenote caverns. Giant sink holes in the earth filled with fresh water. The Cenotes of the Riviera Maya are big attractions every year to tourists and adventure seekers.

Formed over thousands of years as rain mixed with CO2 forms a very weak acid that eats away at the limestone floor of much of the surface of the Yucatan. Slowly these caverns are formed and filled with fresh water, and they present some of the most stunning views and natural wonders in the world.

The ancient Mayans believed these Cenotes were passages to the underworld and held them as sacred destinations. It is not uncommon to find ruins of a community close by. Nowadays we know it is not the gateway to the underworld per se, but Mexico’s Cenotes still captivate the mind.

Cenote Diving and Cave Diving In Mexico

A popular and dangerous sport is cave diving in the cenotes. This requires an advanced level of knowledge when it comes to diving, and should not be taken on by the amateur diver, or with a dubious guide.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelso Sand Dune Mojave Desert California


Kelso Sand Dunes of the Mojave Desert are located in the Devil's Playground area, 28 miles south of Baker, California. They are considered 'booming dunes' - when the sand is dry and you cause a small 'avalanche,' a low booming sound can be heard.

 

http://www.ct-graphics.com/landscapes_waterscapes.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

World's Weirdest Geological Formations

http://www.ouramazingplanet.com/2949-weirdest-geological-formations.html

 

 

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~ Unusual Atmospheric Events ~

 

 

 

Aurora Australis (11 September 2005) as captured by NASA's IMAGE satellite, digitally overlaid onto The Blue Marble composite image.- An animation created using the same satellite data is also available.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora Borealis & Aurora Australis

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

On the Audibility of the Aurora Borealis ??

 

Excerpted testimonies from two articles—“Audibility of the Aurora Borealis” by David Pentland and “Can You Hear the Aurora?” by B.W. Currie. Published in an issue of The Musk-Ox, no. 22, 1978. Found in the free pile at the Yellowknife Public Library.....

http://lemonhound.blogspot.com/2010/10/on-audibility-of-aurora-borealis.html

 

Listening to Northern Lights & Space Weather ( 7 mins)

 

A Minnesota Planetarium Video- Natural Radio: When solar flares hit the Earth's magnetic field, the skies at both poles can light up with auroras. The particles also create very low frequency electromagnetic waves, a type of natural radio that can be picked up around the globe. ...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHvdZdsIZxg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: The Most Amazing Cloud Formations Ever Captured !!!

 

http://www.pxleyes.com/blog/2012/03/cloud-formations-photography/

 

http://thechive.com/2012/07/27/lets-talk-about-clouds-man-clouds-43-photos/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun and Moon Halos >>>>

       

 

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~ Aerial Views from Around the World ~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Palm Islands - Dubai

 


 

Palm Islands – Dubai – Night

 


 

Hotel - Dubai

 

 

Chuquicamata – Chile -

Largest open Copper Mine in the World

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pivot Irrigation

 

Aerial View of the CN Tower, Toronto, Canada

 

 

 

Ancient Rice Terraces, Philippines

 

 

 

A satellite image of the sands & seaweed of the Bahamas being sculpted by currents much like the wind sculpts sand in the desert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diamondhead dormant Volcano – Honolulu Hawaii
 

 

Na Pali Coast – Kauai - Hawaii
 

 

Na Pali Coast – Kauai - Hawaii
 

 

Hawaii, Kauai, Kilauea, Kilauea Falls,
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Beach
 

 

Hawaii’s Volcano Lava Flow
 

 

Coliseum - Rome
 

 

Yanuya Island in Foreground - Fiji
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaska’s Igloo
 

 

Molokini island, Hawaii.
 

 

Mount Haleakala Volcano Maui Hawaii
 

 

Tahiti - French Polynesia
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rangiroa Tahiti
 

 

Oponohu and Cooks Bay, Moorea
 

 

New York’s Central Park
 

 

Hot Air Ballons
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Sur - California
 

 

French Chateau - Domaine de Chantilly, France
 

 

Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco, CA
 

 

Charles de Gaulle Etoile Square, Paris, France
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Palace of the Lost City, North West Province Sun City, South Africa

 

Africa Wild Beasts in the Dessert
 

 

Positano - Italy
 

 

Pebble Beach Golf Course, CA
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zakynthos, Ionian Islands, Greece
 

 

Wetlands, Everglades National Park, FL, USA
 

 

Sahara, Dessert with Sand Dune over Road
 

 

Taj Mahal - India
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Power Plant in Spain

 

 

Gemasolar Power Plant near Seville -

 

 

Islet in the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines.

 

 

Formal gardens, Chateau of Villandry, Loire Valley, France,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snowed Cerro Tololo Inter-American

Observatory - Chile

 

Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory

 

 

The VLT Observatory Telescope in

Paranal - Chile

 

Arecibo Radio Telescope
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria

 

Looe Key Reef, Florida Keys

 

 

Iguazu Falls -

 

 

The Galapagos Islands are a string of 6 islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabela and Fernandino of the Galapagos Islands
 

 

Panama Canal
 

 

Flock of Lesser Flamingos Kenya Africa
 

 

Large Herds of Elephants, Buffaloes and

Uganda Kobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paragliding near Iquique's Pacific coast line,

The Atacama Desert, Chile.

 

Nugget Point Lighthouse - South Island -

New Zealand

 

Valle de la Luna - Atacama Desert, Chile.
 

 

Taylor Glacier - Antarctica
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lotus Temple – Bahá’í House of Worship/

 New Delhi
 

 

Mount Cayley. Half Dome – Yosemite Natl Park, CA.


 

 

Molten lava as it vents from a rupture near

the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland,

 as a volcano erupts.

 

Half Dome Yosemite National Park.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Villarica – Chile volcano above clouds
 

 

The Eiffel Tower Paris
 

 

Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte
 

 

Castillo de San Marcos St. Augustine, Fl.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basilica at St. Mark's Square , Venice
 

 

Venice
 

 

Blue Mosque, Istanbul h the Bosporus Strait in the background

 

Matapouri Tutukaka - New Zealand
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northern Ireland, County Antrim, Antrim town

and fields

 

Hverfjall Crater, Myvatn, Iceland
 

 

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
 

 

River Rhine., Germany:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Bulden, County Sligo, Ireland.
 

 

Santiago Chile with the Snowed Andes Mountain in the Background

 

Machi Picchu
 

 

The Eiffel Tower - Paris
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dormant Volcano Mælifell, near the glacier Myrdalsjökull in South Iceland

 

Some of the smaller islands of the Bahamas, such as Conception Island are surrounded by Reefs

 

Norwegian Fjord
 

 

'Isola Bella - Lake Maggiore: - Italy
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The White Cliffs Of Dover in Kent, UK
 

 

Sydney H arbor & Opera House, Australia
 

 

Arlington Reef Australia
 

 

Fjords and the Preikestolen cliff, Norway
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portofino, italy
 

 

Tulip field in Northern Netherlands.
 

 

Porciano, Tuscany - Italy
 

 

Vineyard Germany
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over dunes, Strzelecki Desert, South Australia,
 

 

Old & New 7 Mile bridges over the Sea, Florida Keys, stretches between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, in route to Key West from Miami, Florida.

 

The Danube Passau, Austria
 

 

Miramar Hotel - Vina del Mar - Chile
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral,

 

Cape Canaveral as seen from orbit by a space shuttle

 

An enormous King Penguin Colony in South Georgia Island

 

Sailing along the north-west barrier reef of Bora Bora, French Polynesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smoking Volcan Villarica - Chile
 

 

Summer Pattern Antarctica aerial view of Sea Ice & Icebreaker ...

 

Cabo de Hornos /Cape Horn -Chile
 

 

Windmills of Banning Pass, Palm Springs, California, US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sun City, Arizona - USA

 

Exuma, part of the chain of 365 islands that form the Bahamas

 

Amazon Rainforest - Ecuador
 

 

Moray is located in the Sacred Valley of the Inca, in the Andes, Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuesta Cordillera de los Andes – Chile -1
 

 

Cuesta Cordillera de los Andes – Chile-2
 

 

International Highway – Chile/Argentina

 Paso Libertadores Los Andes

 

Cordillera de los Andes (Arg./Chile) y Aconcágua
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iceland –  Satellite View
 

 

Hawaiian Islands – – Satellite

 

 

Antarctica – – Satellite View

 

 

Maldivian Archipielago – – Satellite View
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Pyramid of Giza – Egypt – Aerial View
 

 

The Pyramids of Giza – Egypt – Satellite View
 

 

The Great Pyramid of Giza – Egypt – Satellite View
 

 

Europe at Night - Satellite View
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A nearly symmetric night sky view (Time-lapse Photography) from the Canary Island Tenerife.

 

Night Lights Glimmer and Aurora, over North America - from the International Space Station

 

the Earth rising over the Moon's horizon

 

 

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) satellite captures an image of the Earth's Moon crossing in front of the Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first quarter Moon and the Aurora Australis appear above the Earth -

 

Sahara Sands Flying out to the Atlantic
 

 

Straight of Gibraltar
 

 

From the Space shuttle Discovery (from 175km to 960km), we can see the beautiful auroras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jupiter's Aurora ( Many planets also have Auroras)
 

 

Circular Logic: World’s Largest Artwork i-actually the ephemeral snow and ice art of Earth artist Jim Denevan,

 

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas .
 

 

The Paro Taktsang Palphug Buddhist monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest, in the Paro district of Bhutan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lena Delta River, Russia
 

 

Miyakejima is an island in the Izu group, Southeast of Honshū, Japan,
 

 

Sailboat near the Greek Islands
 

 

Aerial view of Borobudur – Indonesia
  A massive ancient ruin deep in the jungles of Java.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Micronesia - Jaluit atoll and lagoon

 

Empty Quarter of Arabia, one of the largest sand deserts in the world covering around 650,000 square Km

 

Southern Tip of South America and Antarctica

 

Malaspina Glacier, Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crater Lake Aerial Picture Katmai National Park
Alaska.

 

Mount Saint Michel, France - Aerial view of the castle.

 

Breckenridge Resort, Colorado Aerial View

 

 

Spider Design at the Nazca Lines - Peru

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cristo Redentor – Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
 

 

Wall of China in Winter
 

 

Elephants Grazing in Lake Amboseli
 

 

Sailing Regatta On Lac Leman Geneva Switzerland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid of the Louvre, Paris, France
 

 

Ice skating on Paterswoldse Meer, a lake just South of the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.

 

Norway - Alesund Birdseye of City
 

 

Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial view of weather station in snow, Zugspitze Mountain, Oberbayern, Bavarian Alps

 

Aerial view of a lake between the small Alps mountains - Come lake - Italia.

 

Aerial view of Baa Atoll in the Maldives

 

 

Aerial view, Alps, Matterhorn, Mountains,
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wallgau, golf course, Lake Barmsee, Wetterstein range, Upper Bavaria, Germany, Europe.

 

Italian Alps - Dolomites

 

Bernese Alps – Switzerland

 

Mount Rigi also known as the "Queen of Swiss Mountains"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Jolla, San Diego CA, is encircled on three areas by ocean cliffs and beaches

 

Pebble Beach Golf Course, California

 

Monterey Peninsula, California

 

Pebble Beach Golf Course, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manhattan & New York

 

Tokyo, Japan with Mt. Fuji

 

Sunset - In Fiji

 

St Lucia and The Reserve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innsbruck is the largest town and capital

 of the state of Tyrol in eastern Austria.

 Located inTyrolean Alps,

 

Highway-1-Intersection-Los-Angeles-California

 

Brazil - Pao de Azucar & Corcovado

 

 

 

The largest plant maze in the world, at Reignac-sur-Indre, Indre-et-Loire Department, France

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 Xico_tlahuac Volcano Crater- Mexico

 

Nabiyotum Crater, Kenya

 

Seongsan Ilchulbong, South Korea

 

Water point, near Koulayyou, mountains of Makarrassou, Republic of Djibouti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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