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Crystal Cave is an underground cave in Bermuda, approximately 500 m long, and 62 m deep. The lower 19-20 m of the cave are below water level. Cave ceilings are adorned with rare chandelier clusters and delicate crystallized soda straws. An excursion to Crystal Cave also includes the neighboring Fantasy Cave, with Fantasy being deeper (88 steps down). The caves are known for their beauty, with many stalactites, stalagmites and deep, clear pools.
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El Tatio is a geyser field located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile. The geothermal field covers an area of 30 square kilometers (12 sq miles) at an elevation of 4,200 meters (13,800 ft), and is characterized by fumaroles (smoke from the geysers) that create amazing white steam columns , hot springs, steam vents and mud pools that are often bubbling.
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The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations about 500 km2 located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.
The tall rocks seem to arise from the ground in a manner somewhat reminiscent of stalagmites, or with many looking like petrified trees, creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. According to legend, the forest is the birthplace of Ashima, a beautiful girl of the Yi people. After falling in love she was forbidden to marry her chosen suitor and instead turned into a stone in the forest that still bears her name.
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Julien Tabet, a 20-year-old digital artist from France, creates a surreal world where he tries to reimagine animals. Thanks to Photoshop, animals can breathe in magic outside their usual and everyday environment.
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The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, US, is known for its striking coloration and enormous size. The vivid colors in the spring are caused by bacteria, living on the edges of the mineral rich water. The water in the center of the pool looks extremely clear, and has a beautiful, deep-blue color – thanks to the scattering of blue wavelengths – because the water is so hot that’s actually sterile.
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The Marble Caves, Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral are an unusual geological formation located at the center of the Carrera lake, hidden from view from the coast. They represent a group of caverns, columns and tunnels formed in monoliths of marble. The Marble Caves have been formed by wave action over the last 6,200 years. Their beautiful color is due to a reflection of the lake’s azure waters.
The General Carrera Lake spans the Chile-Argentina border, and it’s one of the ten deepest lakes in the world with a maximum depth of 586 meters.
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Caño Cristales is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. The river is commonly called the River of Five Colors or the Liquid Rainbow, and is even referred to as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colors. The bed of river in the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by the Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae) on the bottom of the river.
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