Salt water pools in Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements with about 33,000 people. A vast area of Palm trees in the middle of the desert. The combination of low annual rainfall and high rates of evaporation in the oasis results in lakes characterized by hyper-salinity. Lakes, which are both healing and an important source of revenue for the residents of the oasis. Siwis traditionally utilize this salt in building homes and shaping their tools and also lamps, believed to produce healing energy with the heat of the light source. People started to excavate the lakes to get the salt creating round pools .The salt lakes in Egypt is considered to have healing properties for sinuses, skin and eyes, in addition to their relaxing experience.

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Rio Celeste: The Blue River In Costa Rica

Rio Celeste is a river in Tenorio Volcano National Park of Costa Rica notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. The Celeste River also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.
The source of the river’s distinctive turquoise color is not due to a chemical species but to a physical phenomenon known as Mie scattering. Celeste River is fed by two colorless rivers, the Buenavista River and Sour Creek. Buenavista River carries a large concentration of aluminosilicate particles with a small diameter. Sour Creek, as its name implies, has a high acidity due to volcanic activity. When these two streams mix to form Celeste River, the drop in pH causes the aluminosilicate particles to aggregate and enlarge to a diameter of about 566 nm. These suspended particles produce Mie scattering which gives the river a strong turquoise color.
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A picturesque church without the need for a roof in Lemnos island

The chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa located in Lemnos island, Greece, was founded in 1,416 A.C. by monks who managed to escape the Ottoman invasion in Agios Efstratios island. Nested inside a rock cavity on the top of Kakavos Mountain at an altitude of 260 meters, the church has no need for a roof. The picturesque chapel that is accessed via a path leading to the top of Mount Kakavos, offers an impressive view to the sea.

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World’s Tallest Super-Swing

The swing that is located on the edge of a nearly 700m-tall cliff in Yunyang Longgang Scenic Spot in Chongqing, China, fires out riders 70 meters away from the cliff that overlooks a giant canyon.. The swing claims to be the fastest of its kind at 80 mph.
It was meant to open to the public early this year. However, its opening was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown. Tourists will be bound to harness horizontally before being flung out at 80mph. According to the Guinness World Records the current tallest swing in the world measures 88 meters (288 feet 8 inches) from the seat to the top of the crossbar. It was constructed by B!g Rush in Durban, South Africa, on 14 May 2011.

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The Inn at Rodanthe

Formerly known as Serendipity, the Inn at Rodanthe, as it was named in the 2008 movie based on Nicholas Spark’s popular novel, Nights in Rodanthe, is  located in the small Hatteras Island village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Throughout the years, coastal storms and extreme coastal erosion placed the single family home (not an actual Inn) literally in the Atlantic Ocean.  On January 18th, 2010, Serendipity, weighing in at 83,000 pounds, was moved from its original site by Expert House Movers.  The house moved back from the shoreline, retrofitted to emulate the scenes filmed in the movie and it is available for weekly rentals throughout the year..

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Aerial Photography – Earth’s striking landscapes

Stockholm-based photographer Tobias Hägg captures breathtaking views of beautiful Earth from above.

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Al Naslaa Rock Formation – Two stones split in half with laser like precision

Al Naslaa Rock is the most photogenic petroglyph in Tayma about an eight-hour drive out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.. The uniform slit between the two standing stones and the flat faces are completely natural. A perfect slit between the rocks seems like a machine work, but it is astonishingly natural. The small pedestals have provided additional support to boulders. Archaeologists don’t know how rock formation remains balanced and how did the rock cut in the middle. Most likely movement in the ground below triggered the split but  the exact cause of the split has yet to be determined .

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The Creepy Legend of the Chained Oak

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The Chained Oak is an oak tree, tied in chains, near to the village of Alton, Staffordshire, England. The tree, referred to as “The Old Oak”, is the subject of a creepy local legend.
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Lake Retba – The Pink Lake of Senegal

Lac Rose (meaning Pink Lake) lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal.It is named for its pink waters caused by Dunaliella salina algae and is known for its high salt content, up to 40% in some areas.The lake is separated from the Atlantic Ocean only by a narrow corridor of dunes. The color is particularly visible during the dry season (from November to June) and is less visible during the rainy season (July to October). Salt is exported across the region by up to 3,000 collectors, men and women from all over Western Africa,.

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Silfra – Diving Between Two Continents

Silfra is a rift formed in 1789, due to the movements of the two tectonic plates that frame Þingvellir National Park in Iceland. The North American and Eurasian plates, which run all the way through Iceland, separate at about 2 centimeters per year, and as they do, they tear open fissures in the land between them.
Scuba diving and snorkeling in Silfra is popular because of its clear water and location within the continental rift. There are three main dive sites: Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon. The Cathedral is a 100 metres (330 ft) long fissure with visibility almost from end to end. Shallow at the entry points and at the ends of the fissure, Silfra descends to a maximum depth of 63 metres (207 ft) but diving to this depth is seldom done as it requires technical diving skills. The water temperature is between 2–4 °C (36–39 °F) but can be comfortably dived using a dry suit.
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