Hamilton Pool Preserve

Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles (37 km) west of Austin, Texas. The pool is surrounded by large slabs of limestone that rest by the water’s edge. Large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above. The ceiling and surrounding cliffs of the grotto are home to moss, maidenhair fern and cliff swallows. The Ashe juniper (cedar) uplands of the preserve are home to the endangered golden-cheeked warbler.
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The White Cliffs of Iturup Island

Iturup is the largest island in Russia’s southern Kurils, located directly to the north of Hokkaido, Japan. Iturup consists of volcanic massifs and mountain ridges. The mountains are covered with birch and Siberian Dwarf Pine scrub, herbaceous flowers or bare rocks. The shores of the island are high and abrupt and is marked by white pumice cliffs and black hexagonal pillars.

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Maly Semyachik: a volcano with a turquoise crater lake

Maly Semyachik is a stratovolcano located in the eastern part of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. A hot, acidic crater lake fills the historically active Troitsky Crater, which formed during a large explosive eruption  about 400 years ago. The water in the lake has an unusual bright turquoise color. It’s because the waters of the lake are poisonous due to the content of several types of acids and other chemical compounds.The water in the lake never freezes, even when everything is covered with a layer of ice and deep snow.

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The Impressive Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls  is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls in 1855. Livingstone named his sighting in honour of Queen Victoria of Britain, but the indigenous Lozi language name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—”The Smoke That Thunders” continues in common usage as well. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 meters  and height of 108 meters  resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls.  There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) near the western bank, and Livingstone Island near the middle—the point from which Livingstone first viewed the falls.
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The Narrows – Zion National Park

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The Narrows is the narrowest section of Zion Canyon in Zion National Park, Utah. Situated on the North Fork of the Virgin River and upstream of the main canyon, The Narrows is one of the premier hikes in the park and on the Colorado Plateau. The Narrows refers to both the 3.6-mile (5.8 km) bottom-up hike from the Temple of Sinawava to Big Springs, as well as the 16-mile (26 km) top-down hike from Chamberlain’s Ranch back to the Temple of Sinawava.

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The gems of Jiuzhaigou National Park

Jiuzhaigo is a nature reserve and national park located in the north of Sichuan Province in the southwestern region of China. The Jiuzhaigou valley is part of the Min Mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and stretches over 72,000 hectares. It is known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks.

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