The Matterhorn, one of the tallest mountains in the Alps, has claimed over 500 lives since it was first surmounted in 1865. Swiss photographer Robert Boesch teamed up with Swiss mountaineering company Mammut to scale the monster mountain and create these incredible images, both to promote the company and to display the staggering beauty of this natural behemoth.
Right between Chile and Peru rests a relatively unknown desert known as the Atacama. Although it’s not exactly what you would call tiny (its area is over 41,000 square miles), it is not as well known as the Mojave or the Sahara. Even so, the Atacama has a certain claim to fame which often gets mistakenly attributed to the Sahara – it is the driest desert in the world.
The world is full of enormous caves, but China’s Miao Room cavern just earned itself the title of the world’s largest cave chamber by volume. This supercave was first documented in 1989 by a Chinese-European geology team, but it wasn’t until 2013 that researchers revealed its true size. In fact, the British-led group had to use cutting-edge laser-mapping technology to measure the cavern, as they were often unable to see through the dark to find the cave’s ceiling and walls.
Following a series of scandals that devastated a vulnerable nation along with the ambitions of a less-than saintly presidential administration, Richard Nixon said sayonara to the Oval Office on August 9, 1974.
Straight from the pages of future President George H.W. Bush’s journal:
“There is no way to really describe the emotion of the day. Bar [Bush’s wife, Barbara] and I went down and had breakfast at the White House. Dean and Pat Burch and the Buchanans were there in the Conference Mess. There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died. Grief. Saw Tricia and Eddie Cox [President Nixon's daughter and her husband] in the Rose Garden – talked to them on the way to the ceremony.
President Nixon looked just awful. He used glasses – the first time I ever saw them. Close to breaking down – understandably. Everyone in the room in tears.
The speech was vintage Nixon – a kick or two at the press – enormous strains. One couldn’t help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame and wonder kind of man is this really. No morality – kicking his friends in those tapes – all of them. Gratuitous abuse. Caring for no one yet doing so much. When he used the word ‘plumbers’ [in his speech] meaning it [as] ‘laboring with his hands’, the connotation was a shock to me.”