Hawiyyat Najm, known as Bimmah Sinkhole in English, is a water-filled sinkhole in the limestone of eastern Muscat Governorate in Oman. The sinkhole was formed by a collapse of the surface layer due to dissolution of the underlying limestone. However, locals used to believe this sinkhole in the shape of a water well was created by a meteorite.The Arabic name Hawiyyat Najm means “the deep well of the (falling) star”.Continue reading “Bimmah Sinkhole – A lake of turquoise waters”
The Dark Hedges is an avenue of beech trees in Northern Ireland. In about 1775 James Stuart built a new house, named Gracehill House after his wife Grace Lynd. Over 150 beech trees were planted along the entrance road to the estate, to create an imposing approach. According to legend, the hedges are visited by a ghost called the Grey Lady, who travels the road and flits across it from tree to tree. She is claimed to be either the spirit of James Stuart’s daughter (named “Cross Peggy”) or one of the house’s maids who died mysteriously, or a spirit from an abandoned graveyard beneath the fields, who on Halloween is joined on her visitation by other spirits from the graveyard.
The trees form an atmospheric tunnel that has been used as a location in HBO’s popular television series Game of Thrones, which has resulted in the avenue becoming a popular tourist attraction.
The Danakil Depression in Ethiopia is a geological depression that has resulted from the divergence of three tectonic plates in the Horn of Africa. Τhe Danakil Depression is the hottest place on Earth in terms of year-round average temperatures. It is also one of the lowest places on the planet (100 m below sea level, and without rain for most of the year. Among the geological points of interest to tourists are the hydrothermal system of Dallol and the Yellow Lake.Continue reading “Danakil Despression”
The rock that juts out from the side of Lookout Mountain in Georgia gets its name from the Cherokee legend of two young lovers, a brave named Sautee and a maiden named Nacoochee, from two feuding tribes. According to the legend, Sautee was captured and thrown from the top of Lover’s Leap. Nacoochee, distressed from the loss, jumped to her own death. Rock City has claimed that it is possible to see seven states from the top of Lover’s Leap aka High Falls.Continue reading “Lover´s Leap”
Hanging Lake in Colorado. Early tales of the discovery of the lake tell of a man searching for gold in the canyon. The man found a dead horse at the opening of a gulch (the possible origin of the name of Dead Horse Gulch). When he followed the gulch up through the steep hillside through the canyon he came around the back side of the lake. This is how he first saw the small bowl-like basin hanging onto the cliffs below.Continue reading “The Hanging Lake”