The volcanoes of the Kuril islands

Volcano_KurilIslands_1Geothermal landscape and volcanic caldera, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Oblast (source: Bing Wallpaper Archive)

The Kuril Islands form a volcanic island archipelago that stretches approximately 1,300 km northeast from Hokkaido, Japan, to Kamchatka, Russia. The 56 islands chain has around 100 volcanoes, some 40 of which are active.

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The tri-colored lakes of Kelimutu in Indonesia

tri-colored-lakes-Kelimutu-1image credit: Behan

Kelimutu is a volcano, close to the small town of Moni in central Flores island in Indonesia. The volcano contains three striking summit crater lakes of varying colors. Tiwu Ata Bupu (Lake of Old People) is usually blue and is the westernmost of the three lakes. The other two lakes are separated by a shared crater wall and are typically green or red. But their color can vary unpredictably between blue, green, black and red.

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Aiola Island Bridge


Mur Island Bridge or Aiola Island Bridge is a pedestrian spiral shaped bridge that links the two banks of the city of Graz in Austria. The bridge designed by artist Vito Acconci, was inaugurated in 2003 on the river Mur. Aiola Island includes a trendy bar, a coffee house, a sunbathing area and an open-air theater. The organic shape of its shell facade was built using steel panels combined with flat glass. During the night the island is lit with blue lights, as a warning to shipping.

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Bali – the island of a thousand temples

bali-1Gate to Heaven in Temple Pura Lempuyang

Bali is famous for its varied landscape of rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture.

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Table-top mountains

table-top-mountains-2Autana Mountain in Venezuela near the Colombian border

Table-top mountains are the remains of large sandstone plateaus that once covered granite basement complexs. Also known as tepui, table-top mountains tend to be found as isolated entities rather than in connected ranges, which makes them the host of a unique array of endemic plant and animal species. Some of the most outstanding tepuis are Neblina, Autana, Auyantepui and Mount Roraima. They are typically composed of sheer blocks of Precambrian quartz arenite sandstone that rise abruptly from the jungle, giving rise to spectacular natural scenery. Auyantepui is the source of Angel Falls, the world’s tallest waterfall.
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