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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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Flower language

Flower language

Coltsfoot, widely spread early spring flower, also known as ‘Mother-and-Stepmother’ in Russian folklore. Flower language

Flower language
How would you tell someone “I love you” or “You are special” – you could write a poem or compose a song – or you could give flowers! For thousands of years, people around the world have given special meanings to beautiful flowers and plants. Flower language reached height of popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria in Britain. Dictionaries were written to explain each flower meaning. Here are just a few examples.
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Amelia and her animals

Amelia and her animals

Elephants. Amelia and her animals

Amelia and her animals
American photographer from New Jersey Robin Schwartz has been photographing her adorable daughter for more than 10 years. Amelia here is in a company of a variety of animals. The result has become impressive – two albums of beautiful and inspiring photographs – “The World of Amelia” and “kinship with animals.” Each album shows a girl next to wild animals to whom, at least as her mother sees it, they are like her brothers and sisters. Schwartz earned a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Pratt Institute. Her photographs are in the collections of private people and museums. In particular, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian American Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.. Also, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Chrysler Museum of Art, The Bibliotheque Nationale, France and The Museum Folkwang, Germany.
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Beautiful kissing lips of Psychotria Elata

Beautiful kissing lips of Psychotria Elata

Beautiful kissing lips of Psychotria Elata

Beautiful kissing lips of Psychotria Elata
In fact, there isn’t a work of Photoshop. This exotic flower has naturally kissable lips shape of bright red color, and its scientific name is Psychotria Elata. Psychotria is a genus containing 1900 species within the plant family Rubiaceae. A small understory tree in tropical forests Psychotria Elata flowers became affectionately known as hooker’s lips. Unfortunately, some Psychotria species – endangered or facing extinction due to deforestation, especially species of central Africa and the Pacific. Many species, including Psychotria viridis, produce the psychedelic chemical, dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The name Cephaelis is considered a synonym of Psychotria. Psychotria grow in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. In particular, in such countries as Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador. The plant attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, as well as photographers and tourists from all over the world.
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Most expensive cats

Most expensive cats. Neva Masquerade, favorite cat of Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister

Most expensive cats. Neva Masquerade, favorite breed of cat of Medvedev, Russian Prime Minister

Most expensive cats. In January, former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen received a gift from Dmitry Medvedev, after he has learned that both cats of Halonen passed away. Medvedev decided to present her a new pet. Selection of the current prime minister fell on the kitten of the same breed as his favorite Dorofei – “Neva Masquerade”. Depending on the class and pedigree the cost of such a breed kittens usually ranges from $ 200 to $ 700 – a lot, but for the market selling pets is not the limit. Forbes chose the 10 most expensive cat breeds.
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