The beauty of the Zodiacal Light

Photo: Bryce Bradford/Flickr)Zodiacal Light in Moraine Park – (Photo: Bryce Bradford/Flickr)

Zodiacal light (also called false dawn when seen before sunrise) is a faint, triangular tower of light that is visible in the night sky and appears to extend from the Sun’s direction and along the zodiac. Zodiacal light is produced by sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the solar system known as cosmic dust. Zodiacal light is best seen during twilight after sunset in spring and before sunrise in autumn, when the zodiac is at a steep angle to the horizon.
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The Subway in Zion National Park

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The Subway is a colloquial name for a uniquely shaped slot canyon in Zion National Park in Utah. It is located between two peaks called the North and South Guardian Angels, deep within the Left Fork of North Creek. It is part of the larger Great West Canyon system, which includes both the Left and Right Forks of North Creek.
There are two routes that lead to the Subway. Both are not easy, but one does not require special equipment, while the other can be completed only by experienced hikers. The demanding hike is rewarded with the spectacular sites and an opportunity to freshen up in the Subway’s pools.

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The Eye Of The Sahara

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The Richat Structure,also known as  the “Eye of Africa”, is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara’s Adrar Plateau, in west–central Mauritania. The structure is a deeply eroded  dome with a total diameter of almost 50 km, while the center of concentric rings is 30 km width.  These concentric rings are actually alternating layers of sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks that were pushed upward in a symmetrical anticline, geologic dome, from below due to a small incursion of magma.
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Horseshoe Bend in Arizona

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Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round trip from U.S. Route 89 and can be viewed from the steep cliff above.
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Gljúfrabúi waterfall | a beauty hidden away below steep cliffs

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Gljúfrafoss or Gljúfrabúi (“one who lives in the canyon”) is a 40 meter (131 feet) high waterfall partially  hidden behind a huge cliff which faces out towards Iceland’s South. Hikers can follow a trail to enter the narrow canyon where the water plummets to a small pool.

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Seven Coloured Earths in Mauritius

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The Seven Coloured Earths are a geological formation and tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colors (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently colored sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped coloring. Another interesting feature of Chamarel’s Coloured Earths is that the dunes seemingly never erode, in spite of Mauritius’ torrential tropical rains. Since the earth was first exposed, rains have carved beautiful patterns into the hillside, creating an effect of earthen meringue.
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