The Fantastic Turquoise Ice Of Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

Located in Siberia, Laka Baikal is the largest freshwater lake on the planet that contains approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s freshwater. Apart from being the oldest lake in the world at over 25 million years old, Lake Baikal is also home to over two thousand varieties of flora and fauna, of which almost 1,600 are endemic to the lake.

The water of Lake Baikal is renowned for being some of the clearest in the world. When the lake freezes during the winter, an amazing phenomena takes place: large shards of transparent ice form on the surface of the lake, giving the amazing appearance of turquoise ice.

Lake Baikal Frozen

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The Bizarre Dragon Blood Tree

Dragon Blood Tree Yemen

Despite its rather uninviting appearance, the Indian Ocean archipelago-dwelling Dragon Blood tree has been used in everything from lipstick to breath fresheners, fever reduction concoctions and even toothpaste.

The Eruption Of Ecuador’s Reventador Volcano

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

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.

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