The Eruption Of Ecuador’s Reventador Volcano

October 6, 2013

Eruption Of Reventador Ecuador

Nestled in the east Andes of Ecuador, records hold that the Reventador volcano has erupted a mere 25 times since 1541. With that said, however, the largest eruption (featured above) took place in 2002, where the stratovolcanic plume extended an astounding 10 miles high into the air.

Austria’s Amazing Dripstone Caves

October 4, 2013

Dripstone Caves

While presently located in Austria, the origins of the mountain in which these incredible dripstone caves is decidedly un-European. Several hundred million years of tectonic plate shifts brought this mountain–which was originally a coral reef found in present-day Madagascar–to its modern residence.

Colorado’s Majestic Flatirons

October 2, 2013

Flat Irons Boulder Colorado

These 290 million-year-old stunners are Boulder, Colorado’s pride and joy. Why the odd name? Pioneer women who used flat metal irons to press their clothes saw fit to name these sandstone beauts in their honor.

The World’s Most Incredible Secret Gardens

September 26, 2013

Lost Gardens of Heligan

Remember those childhood tales about sleeping giants who could wake the town with their yawn, and woodland faeries who danced along tree branches lighter than a feather? Well, most of those fables probably came from the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Hidden away in Cornwall, UK, the gardens are a playground for myth and magic. Through sub tropical jungles and evergreen wildlife gardens, it’s easy to wander for hours. Why are they “lost”? The estate, whose thousand-acre spread had just reached its apex at the end of the 19th century, soon lost many of its key caretakers to World War One and wasted away for a good portion of the 20th century. Thanks to a troupe of restorers devoted to recreating the garden as a testament to the exceptional work of ordinary people, the over 400 year-old garden is back to its former glory, luring in visitors every day of the year, save for Christmas and Christmas Eve.

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Yarlung Tsangpo River’s Multicolored Canvas

September 25, 2013

Yarlung Tsangpo River Tibet

Known as the highest river in the world, the twists and turns of Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo River provide whitewater kayakers with an endless amount of fun-filled challenges.

The Seven Most Stunning Cloud Formations

September 19, 2013

At their most basic level, clouds are no more than condensed water and/or ice. These fluffy white substances are created when warm air rises, cools, then condenses onto dust particles in the air, forming tiny droplets around each particle. As more and more particles attach together, a cloud forms.

Scientists primarily classify clouds by their altitude, shape and process of creation. Though there are four main cloud categories, cloud formations can be further broken down and described by more specific names, which are derived from Latin terms that describe their qualities.

Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds Field

Source: BBC

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