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Crystal Cave is an underground cave in Bermuda, approximately 500 m long, and 62 m deep. The lower 19-20 m of the cave are below water level. Cave ceilings are adorned with rare chandelier clusters and delicate crystallized soda straws. An excursion to Crystal Cave also includes the neighboring Fantasy Cave, with Fantasy being deeper (88 steps down). The caves are known for their beauty, with many stalactites, stalagmites and deep, clear pools.
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The Stone Forest or Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations about 500 km2 located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, People’s Republic of China.
The tall rocks seem to arise from the ground in a manner somewhat reminiscent of stalagmites, or with many looking like petrified trees, creating the illusion of a forest made of stone. According to legend, the forest is the birthplace of Ashima, a beautiful girl of the Yi people. After falling in love she was forbidden to marry her chosen suitor and instead turned into a stone in the forest that still bears her name.
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Julien Tabet, a 20-year-old digital artist from France, creates a surreal world where he tries to reimagine animals. Thanks to Photoshop, animals can breathe in magic outside their usual and everyday environment.
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The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, US, is known for its striking coloration and enormous size. The vivid colors in the spring are caused by bacteria, living on the edges of the mineral rich water. The water in the center of the pool looks extremely clear, and has a beautiful, deep-blue color – thanks to the scattering of blue wavelengths – because the water is so hot that’s actually sterile.
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Caño Cristales is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta. The river is commonly called the River of Five Colors or the Liquid Rainbow, and is even referred to as the most beautiful river in the world due to its striking colors. The bed of river in the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by the Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae) on the bottom of the river.
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Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in white, tan, cream-colored, and even rusty varieties. A travertine terrace is formed when geothermally heated alkaline waters emerge to the surface and form waterfalls of precipitated carbonates.
Krka National Park in Croatia
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Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, in Alberta, Canada. The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinctive shade of blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.
The area around the lake has several walking/hiking trails. That view of the mountains behind the lake in Valley of the Ten Peaks is known as the “Twenty Dollar View”, as Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian twenty dollar bill.
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