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Strokkur is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. It is one of Iceland’s most famous geysers, erupting once every 6–10 minutes. Its usual height is 15–20 meters (49–66 ft), although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 metres (130 ft) high.
Strokkur was first mentioned in 1789, after an earthquake helped to unblock the conduit of the geyser. Its activity fluctuated throughout the 19th century. In 1815 its height was estimated to have been as much as 60 meters (200 ft). It continued to erupt until the turn of the 20th century, until another earthquake blocked the conduit again. In 1963, upon the advice of the Geysir Committee, locals cleaned out the blocked conduit through the bottom of the basin, and the geyser has been regularly erupting ever since.
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Tsingy de Bemaraha is a national park located near the western coast of Madagascar. The area is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the unique geography, preserved mangrove forests, and wild bird and lemur populations. The northern end of the park is characterized by needle-shaped limestone formations, above cliffs over the Manambolo River. The incredibly sharp limestone formations can cut through equipment and flesh easily, which makes traversing them extremely difficult. The word “Tsingy” is derived from a local word meaning “the place where one cannot walk barefoot”.
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The Hells of Beppu are eight spectacular hot springs in the Onsen town of Beppu in Japan. The site is a popular tourist area where you can feel the pulse and the power of the Earth. The “hells”, that are for viewing rather than bathing, are the second largest source of thermal spring water on the planet after Yellowstone park in USA.
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Ball’s Pyramid is a remnant of a shield volcano and caldera that formed about 6.4 million years ago. It lies 20 kilometres (12 mi) southeast of Lord Howe Island in the Pacific Ocean. Rising 562 metres (1,844 ft) out of the water, makes it the tallest volcanic stack in the world. The pyramid is named after Royal Navy Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, who reported discovering it in 1788.
The sea stack is an iconic climbing destinations and home to insects that were once thought to be extinct.
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Located in the Anina Mountains on the Mini River Bigăr is one of the most unusual waterfalls in the world and one of the most beautiful in Romania. According to The World Geography, there are a number of facts that place her as number one on the list of eight unique waterfalls around the world due to the way the water spreads and falls in tiny shreds of water.
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Hawa Mahal (in English : “Palace of Winds” or “Palace of the Breeze”) is a palace in Jaipur, India. The red and pink sandstone from which it is built gives Jaipur its nickname, “The Pink City.”
The structure was built in 1799. Its unique five-story exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework. The original intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey the strict rules of “purdah”, which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings. This architectural feature also allowed cool air from the Venturi effect (doctor breeze) to pass through, thus making the whole area more pleasant during the high temperatures in summer. Many people see the Hawa Mahal from the street view and think it is the front of the palace, but in reality it is the back of that structure.
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The Wind and Rain Bridge is a unique minority architecture of Dong people, an ethnic group in south-western China. The most famous of these bridges is Chengyang Wind and Rain Bridge. The bridge is a combination of bridge, corridor, veranda and Chinese pavilion. The piers are made of stone, the upper structures are mainly wooden, and the roof is covered with tiles. The bridge has wooden handrails on both sides. No nails or rivets are used. Instead, talented Dong people dove-tailed many pieces of wood. The bridge is located in Chengyang, and serves as the link between two populous villages.
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