Lake Baikal – The world’s oldest and deepest lake

Lake Baikal, meaning, in Mongolian, “the Nature Lake”, is a rift lake located in southern Siberia, Russia. It’s at least 20 million years old, and roughly a mile deep at its lowest point. The Siberian lake is the largest freshwater lake by volume in the world and is considered the world’s oldest lake. The lake is completely surrounded by mountains and is fed by as many as 330 inflowing rivers. During ice season, that starts usually in mid-January and lasts till mid-April., ice depth increases up to 140 centimeters, that allows quite safe vehicle driving on ice cover. The ice itself is very picturesque because of transparency of 1 meter depth, having different patterns of crevasses and bubbles, performing astonishing sounds.

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Surreal Photography Manipulations by Luisa Azevedo

Luisa Azevedo merges unexpected objects and figures,  using real-life photographs, to compose surrealistic stagings full of poetry.

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The mysterious cliff in China that lays egg-shaped stones

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Chan Dan Ya – meaning in Mandarin ‘egg-producing cliff’ – is a 20 metres (65 feet) long and six meters (19 feet) high cliff.  People of the area have observed for years as the eggs ‘incubate’ in hollow overhangs on the cliff and eventually fall to the ground. Each hollow produces one stone egg every 30 years. Local residents collect the spheres because they believe that the “eggs” would bring them good luck.
The rock formed 500 million years ago during the Cambrian period and  the specific section of cliff – part of Mount Gandeng – is made of calcareous rock. Experts say the difference in time it takes for each type of rock to erode has led to the appearance of the “eggs” , which comprise heavy sediment deposits. The “eggs”  are what geologists call concretions. If those concretions are harder than the rock around them (as they often are), they’ll eventually wear down the surrounding rock and break free.

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Bonsai Tree Blown Glass Sculptures by Simone Crestani

Simone Crestani creates bonsai tree sculptures from blown glass. Crestani  uses borosilicate glass working with the lamp working technique. He has developed a personal style that allows him to create large pieces while at the same time concentrating on the smallest details.  The bonsai, symbol of his work, is a concentration of life, it overcomes the barrier of size and expresses strength and energy. This is a work of art that is never finished, in which nature continues to develop and evolve.

 

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Strokkur | Iceland’s Mighty Geyser

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Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting once every 6–10 minutes. Its usual height is 15–20 meters (49–66 ft), although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 metres (130 ft) high.
Strokkur was first mentioned in 1789, after an earthquake helped to unblock the conduit of the geyser. Its activity fluctuated throughout the 19th century. In 1815 its height was estimated to have been as much as 60 meters (200 ft). It continued to erupt until the turn of the 20th century, until another earthquake blocked the conduit again. In 1963, upon the advice of the Geysir Committee, locals cleaned out the blocked conduit through the bottom of the basin, and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since.
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The needle-like landscape in Tsingy National Park, Madagascar

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Tsingy de Bemaraha is a national park located near the western coast of Madagascar. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations. The northern end of the park is characterized by needle-shaped limestone formations, above cliffs over the Manambolo River. The incredibly sharp limestone formations can cut through equipment and flesh easily, which makes traversing them extremely difficult. The word “Tsingy” is derived from a local word meaning “the place where one cannot walk barefoot”.
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Misty English Wood Photography by Neil Burnell

Mystical is a project by British photographer Neil Burnell.  Burnell portrays the fairytale like atmosphere that exists within Wistmans wood in Dartmoor, Devon, England.

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