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Oostduinkerke, on the western end of Belgium’s short coastline, is known for its shrimpers on horseback, For nearly 700 years, the shrimpers of Oostduinkerke have been training draft horses to help them pursue the local catch through the cold waters of the North Sea. Oostduinkerke is the last place on Earth to use this traditional form of fishing. Currently, just 19 fishermen continue the practice.
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Vallone dei Mulini (in English Valley of the Mills) is a historic valley in Sorrento, Italy. Nestled in a deep ravine between two towering cliffs, the mills, built from stone as far back as the 10th century, ground wheat for a thousand years until they were abandoned sometime in the 19th and 20th century due to a rise in humidity in the area. The nearly complete lack of ventilation, sun exposure, and the presence of tuff resulted to the mills be taken over by fern that thrives in the humid crevasse rawls across the roof of the mills.
It is considered one of the most enchanting views of the Sorrento Peninsula. It is known for its variety and unique plants.
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Glass fishing floats were once used by fishermen in many parts of the world to keep the nets from sinking. Though the floats are often associated with Japan, they were invented in Norway in 1842. Christopher Faye, a Norwegian merchant from Bergen, is credited with their invention and many of them can still be found in local boathouses. From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, floats were made of colorful blown glass. These glass floats are no longer used by fishermen, but many of them are still afloat in the world’s oceans, primarily the Pacific.
Although the number of glass floats is decreasing steadily, occasional storms or certain tidal conditions can bring them ashore. They most often end up on the beaches of Alaska, Washington or Oregon in the United States, Taiwan or Canada.
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A petrifying well gives objects a stone-like appearance. If an object is left into such a well for a period of weeks or months the object acquires a stony exterior. Notable example of petrifying well in England is the spring at Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough where objects left suspended in the calcium-rich water are gradually turned to stone. For many centuries, locals believed that this petrifying well was cursed by the devil . The fact that the side of the well looked like a giant’s skull fueled their fears that they too would be turned to stone.The Knaresborough petrifying well was first opened to the public in 1630 and still amazes visitors to this day.
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Vottovaara is a mountain in Karelia, Eastern Europe. It is over 400 meters high. The mystery surrounding the Vottovaara mountain area are the odd looking boulders found there. Due to their specific looks old Saami people of this area started to see them as magical stones and believed that spirits lived in these stones. The most unusual structures are the balancing stones and another one that looks like a precisely cut pool. The stones are known as seids.
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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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Selaginella lepidophylla, also known as (false) rose of Jericho and resurrection plant, is a species of desert plant, native to the Chihuahuan Desert of the United States and Mexico, noted for its ability to survive almost complete dehydration. During dry weather, its stems curl into a tight ball and uncurl only when exposed to moisture. The plant is sold as a novelty item as a bare root in its dry state. It can be revived with only a little water. After wetting, the plant turns green.
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