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About 9 miles (14 km) long and 9,094 feet (2,772 metres) high, it is the source of many rivers of Guyana, and of the Amazon and Orinoco
On the top of the mountain it rains almost every day, washing away most of the nutrients for plants to grow and creating a unique landscape on the bare sandstone surface
The tabletop mountains of the park are considered some of the oldest geological formations on Earth, dating back to the Precambrian Era, some two billion years ago
Salar de Uyuni also lies at the heart of an ancient Aymara — the name given to one of Bolivia’s main indigenous groups —legend. Rather that forming naturally, the long-held legend claims that the salt flat came into being following the intervention of Aymara deities. Known by the names of Tunupa, Kusku and Kusina, the three mountains surrounding the salt flat were once giant people and, following the betrayal of Kusku, Tunupa’s husband, who supposedly ran away with Kusina, Tunupa’s copious flow of tears created the almost, incomparably beautiful Salar de Uyuni of modern times. In fact, so revered is Tunupa to some Aymara people that they believe that the salt flat should be named Salar de Tunupa in her honor.
In Maldives is a 1,192 island nation called the Vaadhoo Island located in the Indian Ocean and Laccadive Sea. It is Asia’s smallest and most geographically dispersed nation with the islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers.
It is known for being a heaven on Earth. Its Sparkling water of Maldives has been named the ‘Sea of stars’.
Glowing waves in the Vaadhoo Island can be explained by bioluminescence or biological light, a chemical process in the body of animals in which liberated energy is released in the form of light which is used as a defence mechanism to either distract or confuse the predators. In the Vaadhoo Island, this stunning phenomenon of bioluminescence is demonstrated by a species of phytoplanktons (the marine microbes) called dinoflagellates.
The journey will take you minimum 6 days to complete. A high altitude adventure that will keep you begging for oxygen as you strut above a constant 14,000 feet. You cross 5 passes ranging between 15,000 and 17,000 feet. You pass thousands of roaming alpaca and llama. You walk through beautifully diverse landscape that changes daily from snow capped peaks, to neon red desert mountains, to marshy pampas. The real reward however is when you arrive at the painted hills hidden deep in the Andes. Resembling a rainbow, this mountain will require extreme route finding, harsh camping conditions, and a strong determination, but it will not leave you disappointed.
Currently, one of the lakes is black-brown, another is green, and the last one is in the process of changing from green to red. When Dutch geologists discovered the craters in 1914, the colors were reported to be red, blue and white. A few years ago, the lakes were white, turquoise and red. In November 2009, they were black, turquoise, and a coca-cola brown. And again in July 2010, the lakes were resplendent in various shades of green. As you can see, they change colors almost as often as a mood ring on a teenage girl and the changes happen suddenly. A popular myth suggests that the changing colors is caused by the neglected ancestral souls. The scientific community chalks it up to discoloration by sunlight and the varying mineral contents of the water from Kelimutu volcanic activity
Indeed, these amazing rock formations in the Urals resemble giants that suddenly stopped. The rock formations of Manpupuner are better viewed in different lighting and at different angles. Each time you will get a new impression. Weathering rocks of Manpupuner are the remnants of solid rock. In soft rock in ancient times the blotches of solid rock turned up. Soft rock during millions of years was destroyed by water and frost, and the wind swept the dust of soft rock around the surrounding areas. And only the “fingers” of hard rock of highly unusual shapes remained.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: SBMcG
I've done a fair amount of traveling -- by far, the most beautiful place I've ever been is Bora Bora.
There is a high probability I will be there in 2018, any recommendations?