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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXV

Underground Worker Railway China

A worker walks in the foundation of a new railway line in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, China, on May 21, 2013. Source: The Atlantic

What Goes On Underground

Cuncas Water Tunnel Brazil

A worker stands inside the Cuncas II tunnel that will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states in Brazil, near the city of Mauriti, Ceara state, on January 28, 2014. Source: The Atlantic

While we don’t, by and large, live underground, we do work, play, pray, celebrate, visit, smuggle, stockpile, and hide there. The work can be as primitive as mining for coal with donkeys and pickaxes in Pakistan or as sophisticated as unlocking the secrets of the universe at the Large Hadron Collider. The surroundings can be as claustrophobic as a gold-mining hole in the Ivory Coast barely wide enough for one person or as expansive as the 580 feet long, 256 feet wide, 82 feet high floodwater diversion chamber in Japan. For more singular scenes of the world below the earth’s surface, visit The Atlantic.

Batu Caves Thaipusam Underground

Hindu devotees gather at the shrine in Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur on February 3, 2015. Source: The Atlantic

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You’re Not On Drugs: China’s Super-Saturated And Striped Mountains Are Real

It’s hard to believe that this collection of colorfully striped mountains is real. Sure, some amount of photo manipulation may have awoken the rich hues, but even the un-retouched images paint a pretty picture. Located in China’s Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, these “rainbow mountains” are yet another wondrous example of what Mother Nature can create. The formations’ stripes are most vivid after a rainstorm or as the sun enters or leaves the sky.

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33 Magical Cinemagraphs That Will Leave You Entranced

Blending static images with motion, cinemagraphs are animated GIFs that bring out the serenity in otherwise chaotic scenes. Today, we look at thirty-three of our favorite cinemagraphs that will entrance you with their quiet yet mesmerizing beauty:

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