Beautiful dancing mangrove trees in Sumba island, Indonesia

Mangroves at Walakiri Beach, Sumba Island, Indonesia. At sunset, the waters recede to reveal the roots of the dwarf mangrove trees. Each tree curves and “dances” in its own unique way, and the silhouettes look like dancers jiving at the horizon.

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A tree growing out of a white salt island in the heart of the Dead Sea

Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water – 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This salinity makes for a harsh environment in which plants and animals cannot flourish, hence its name. A tree growing out of a white salt island in the heart of the Dead Sea isn’t something you’d expect to see The tree on this unique island off the shores of the Dead Sea was planted there by a local artist. The artist every day puts mud around its base to ensure that it gets all the nutrients needed to survive.

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Japan’s Star Sand Beach

Located on Iriomote Island in southwestern Japan, Hoshizuna-no-hama beach is famous for its star-shaped grains of sand..These unique grains are actually the pointy husks of millions of tiny protists known as Foraminifera.

Nature’s bridge in Finland

Punkaharju is a harju and belongs to Finland’s national landscapes. The narrow ridge section is about seven kilometers long and was created during the Ice age when a glacier basically acted like a giant, uneven scraper on the landscape. Punkaharju became a popular tourist destination at the beginning of the 19th century by Sakari Topelius in his book Maamme and J.L. Runeberg in his poems.


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Leshan Giant Buddha bridge – One of China’s most beautiful bridges

The Haoshang bridge is part of the Mount Emei Scenic Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes the world’s largest Buddha. The elegant bridge links the Giant Buddha of Leshan to temples on a nearby island. Sichuan, China. The pedestrian bridge is a type of moon bridge.

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Lancashire’s secret ‘Dragon’s Eye Cave’

In West Lancashire, UK, there is a hidden cave only known to a few urban explorers and the locals. The cave is thought to be formed from an old mine shaft and at its center there is the spectacular‘dragon’s eye’. The mythical looking pattern is believed to have developed ‘as a result of a collapsed mine roof that exposed different colour sediments’, according to discvr.blog.

 

Meghalaya: The Rainiest spot on Earth

Meghalaya meaning “abode of clouds” is a state in northeastern India. The state with the wettest areas in the southern Khasi Hills recording an average of 12,000 mm (470 in) of rain a year is the wettest place on earth. Meghalaya is mountainous, with stretches of valley, highland plateaus and many rivers. About 70 percent of the state is forested. The outdoor workers often wear water-proof suits made from bamboo and banana leaf.

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Window tax – One of the weirdest taxes in history

Window tax was a property tax based on the number of windows in a house. It was a significant social, cultural, and architectural force in England, France, and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. To avoid the tax, some houses from the period can be seen to have bricked-up window-spaces

In 1696 in England, William III introduced the infamous Window tax, taxing houses based on the number of windows they had. Houses with more than ten windows had to pay a steep ten shillings. Many houses bricked up their windows to reduce the number which caused health problems. After 156 years, it was repealed in 1851 following campaigners branded it a “tax on health” and “tax on light and air”.

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Five Flower Lake

Five Flower Lake is a shallow multi-colored lake whose bottom is criss-crossed by ancient fallen tree trunks, located in the southwest China in the Jiuzhaigou National Park, a valley on the Tibetan Plateau. Surrounded with mountains the color of the lake varies: from turquoise, green, yellow and orange. The sunlight shining on the lake water and the reflection of the plants in the clear water has created a wonderful view.

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Τumpak Sewu – “A thousand waterfalls” in Java, Indonesia

Tumpak Sewu is a tiered waterfall in East Java, Indonesia. The waterfall is overshadowed by Semeru, an active volcano and the highest mountain in Java. The Glidik River, which flows down Semeru, is the primary water source for the waterfall. Tumpak Sewu is loosely translated to mean “a thousand waterfalls” in the Javanese language. The name likely originated due to its appearance of many different waterfalls in one single, semi-circular area.

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