The Cross Sea – When Two Waves Meet

Photo taken from Phares des Baleines (Lighthouse of the Whales) on Île de Ré off the west coast of France.
By Michel GriffonOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

Cross sea is a marine state with two wave systems traveling at oblique angles.
Waves generated by the new wind run at an angle to the old, creating a shifting, dangerous pattern.  Two weather systems that are far from each other may create a cross sea when the waves from the systems meet, usually at a place far from either weather system. Until the older waves have dissipated, they create a sea hazard.

Although these waves are mesmerizing to look at, a larger percentage of ship accidents were found to have occurred in this state.


Cape Kolka – a desolate cape on the Western tip of Latvia

The most prominent cape on the Latvian coast where two seas meet – the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga.

By Edgars Šulcs [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Felted Fungus Art by Elin Thomas

Scientific art in the form of plush petri dish specimens created by UK fiber artist Elin Thomas. The pieces are a mix of needle felting, embroidery and crochet.

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The Staircase of The King of Aragon

Par Jean-Pol GRANDMONTTravail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, Lien

The Staircase of the King of Aragon is a 187 steps staircase carved into the vertical side of a limestone cliff in Bonifacio, Corsica.
Seen from the sea, it appears as a dark oblique line, all the way up the cliff.
According to legend, it was dug in one night by the troops of the king of Aragon, Alfonso V the Magnanimous, during the siege of Bonifacio in 1420. Most likely, the staircase was made over a longer period of time by Franciscan monks for access to the drinking water source at the bottom cave below.
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The unusual eroded rocks of Bisti Badlands

By EkotykOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link

The Bisti/De-Na-Zin is a 45,000-acre wilderness area located in New Mexico. Established in 1984, the Wilderness is a desolate area of steeply eroded badlands.
The  landscape is covered in unusual formations like the ‘Cracked Eggs’, colorful mud hills, and large petrified trees. Pillars exist solely because everything around and below them has been removed by wind and water, over time.

Info: Wikipedia
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The Kalaloch Tree of Life appears to defy the laws of gravity

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Along the beach located near Kalaloch Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington, thrives a tree with its root system exposed to the coastal elements. The tree that has been referred to as The Tree of Life aka Root Tree Cave,
wins its battle with gravity hanging on by it roots over a slowly eroding cave along the bluffs of the Pacific Coast.
The tree has entirely exposed roots that aren’t anchored to the ground cliff slowly eroding over time. The cave under the tree was caused by a small stream that empties into the ocean.

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