Lava Tree State Monument is a public park located 2.7 miles southeast of Pāhoa in the Puna District on the island of Hawaii. It preserves lava molds of the tree trunks that were formed when a lava flow swept through a forested area in 1790. The lava covered the trees from bottom to top. As the lava drained away and the moisture inside the trees cooled the lava, a hard exterior shell was formed. Many of the trees are covered in moss, others have fallen to the ground and others remain standing for years as black charred skeletons.
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The Reed Flute Cave, also known as “the Palace of Natural Arts” in Guilin, Guangxi, China, is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old.
The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and other rock formations. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees fleeing the Japanese troops. Nowadays, multicolored lighting artificially illuminates the cave.
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Shane Everybody (Mr.Everybody) whilst growing up around the graffiti scene in Ireland, decided to take a different direction and throughout his teenage years he choose to study classical drawing and oil painting techniques which led to a very natural approach to the development of his work. His influences include Jeremy Mann, Conor Harrington, Liu Yuanshou. He works in all mediums but mainly in oil paint.
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Vila Franca do Campo is a town in the southern part of the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores. The islet came about following the collapse of a former volcano. After being used for many purposes – from a military fort to a vineyard – the islet was classified as a nature reserve in 1983.
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Acoma Pueblo, in West Central New Mexico, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States along with Hopi pueblos. Acoma tribal traditions estimate that they have lived in the village for more than two thousand years. The Acoma Pueblo emerged by the thirteenth century. However, the Acoma themselves say the Sky City Pueblo was established in the 11th century, with brick buildings. The village is located atop a 111-meter tall table-topped sandstone hill. The isolation and location of the Pueblo has sheltered the community for more than 1,200 years. During the nineteenth century, the Acoma people, while trying to uphold traditional life, also adopted aspects of the once-rejected Spanish culture and religion. By the 1880s, railroads brought increased numbers of settlers and ended the pueblos’ isolation.
Today, about 300 two- and three-story adobe buildings stand on the mesa. Approximately 30 people live permanently on the mesa, with the population increasing on the weekends. The Sky City has no running water, no electricity but an awesome view over the valley.
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