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Stone wonders of Russia

Stone wonders of Russia. Orenburg Camel Hill

Stone wonders of Russia. Orenburg Camel Hill

Stone wonders of Russia.
Camel Hill (Verblyuzhka Mountain, Russian – Верблюжка) is located in the Orenburg region, 9 km south-east of the village Vostochny on the left bank of the East ephemeral stream Aschisu. It is an outlier quartzite rock up to 20 meters. Double-humped camel is one of the most original natural sculptures and a symbol of the Orenburg Ural steppes. For a long time the wind blew the soil, and the mountain, composed solid rock into a twenty-meter quartz boulder that resembles a lying camel.
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Multicolored Siamese fighting fish

Multicolored Siamese fighting fish. red and white half moon Betta fish

Red and white half moon Betta fish. Multicolored Siamese fighting fish

Multicolored Siamese fighting fish
Siamese fighting fish, or Betta splendens is a popular species of freshwater aquarium fish. Betta is known as the Siamese fighting fish because males are extremely territorial and will fight to the death if put into the same tank where the weaker male cannot escape from the territory of the dominant fish. They recognize other Betta fish by sight and if a male Betta is shown his reflection in a mirror, it will cause him to flare his fins and engage in intimidating displays before trying to attack his own reflection. The name of the genus is derived from ikan bettah, taken from a local dialect of Malay. The wild ancestors of this fish are native to the rice paddies of Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam. If only one couple is in the aquarium — male and female, normally they have dull coloring with a touch of basic color-red, blue, green or pink with brown oblong strips running along the body from head to tail, and only during the spawning, both are painted in bright colors. The male Betta splendens depicted on the wallpaper desktop core themes Windows 7 Beta.
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Multiple rainbows

Multiple rainbows

Double Rainbow consists of a bottom — brighter, and above, less bright, for a short period. The first is called primary, the second — sideline. Multiple rainbows

Multiple rainbows
Admiring the rainbow we sometimes notice that it has a twin – another arc, modest, slightly prominent. And some have seen just three or four rainbows at the same time. But such cases are very rare. Double Rainbow consists of a bottom – brighter, and above, less bright, for a short period. The first is called primary, the second – sideline. Both rainbows face each other with red edges of the arc so that the main rainbow red edge was on the convex side. Secondary rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear at an angle of 50–53°. As a result of the second reflection, the colors of a secondary rainbow are inverted compared to the primary bow, with blue on the outside and red on the inside. The secondary rainbow is fainter than the primary because more light escapes from two reflections compared to one and because the rainbow itself is spread over a greater area of the sky. The dark area of unlit sky lying between the primary and secondary bows is called Alexander’s band, after Alexander of Aphrodisias who first described it.
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Abandoned ship has turned into Floating Forest

Abandoned ship has turned into Floating Forest

Located in the Olympic Village in Sydney Abandoned ship has turned into Floating Forest

Abandoned ship has turned into Floating Forest
Everything in life is cyclical, and sometimes it happens that the death of one is the birth of something new. The same happened with the British steamship SS Ayrfield, abandoned for many years. Located off the coast of the Olympic Village in Sydney, its rusty body during this time has become a true mangroves. The second name of the ship — The Floating Forest. The ship, built in Britain in 1911, was used by the Australian government for the U.S. troops stationed in the Pacific during World War II. Sold in 1950 and used to transport coal from Newcastle to Sydney, its fate changed in 1972. Someone decided not to send it to Sydney Homebush Bay, and it remains in the Olympic Village in Sydney to this day.
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The Lost World exists in reality

Rising above the surrounding forest, tepuis are almost vertical walls, and many of them rise to more than 1,000 m above the jungle

Rising above the surrounding forest, tepuis are almost vertical walls, and many of them rise to more than 1,000 m above the jungle. The Lost World exists in reality

The Lost World exists in reality
Tepuis is flat mesas on the Guiana Highlands in South America, particularly in Venezuela. The language of the Pemon people who live in the Gran Sabana, the word tepuis means “House of the Gods” – because they are very high. Tepuis are separate mountains, so they can find a great variety of endemic species of plants and animals, some of which are found only here, in tepuis.
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Turkmenistan Gates of Hell

Turkmenistan Gates of Hell

Eternally burning land. Turkmenistan Gates of Hell

Turkmenistan Gates of Hell
In 1971, near the village Darwaza in Turkmenistan Soviet geologists discovered a cluster of underground gas. Excavating and drilling, geologists had stumbled into an underground cavern (empty) causing the failed land and formed a large hole filled with gas. Drilling rig with all the equipment, vehicles fell into the resulting hole. Fortunately, the people in this incident were not injured. The livestock of gases did not go outside, and they decided to set it on fire. Geologists thought that the fire would go out after a few days, but made a mistake. Since 1971, the natural gas coming from the crater, continuously burns day and night. At that time, expectations were that the gas would burn out within days. However, set on fire in 1971, it is still burning! Four decades after the event. As of 2013, the hole is still burning.
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Caddo Lake with world largest Cypress forest

Caddo Lake with world largest Cypress forest

Beautiful Caddo Lake with world largest Cypress forest

Caddo Lake with world largest Cypress forest
Located on the border between two states – Texas and Louisiana, the USA, the Caddo is a unique lake. Named after the Southeastern culture of Native Americans Caddoans or Caddo, who lived in the area until their expulsion in the 19th century. Interestingly, since 1965, the Caddo has had hundreds of alleged Bigfoot sightings, according to the Texas Bigfoot Research Center. Noteworthy, the state protects the area of the lake as the place where grow the largest Cypress forest on the planet. According to Caddo legend, which is more truth than legend, the lake appeared due to the 1812 New Madrid Earthquake. Also, most geologists think that Caddo Lake was formed gradually rather than catastrophically. Impressive Cypress trees, especially those that are growing in swamps, often have special formations, called “cypress knees”. They are appendages resembling hemp, but growing directly from the roots of a tree. Buttressed bases and a strong, intertwined root system allow them to resist very strong winds. Even hurricanes rarely overturn them.
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