Chilean National Museum of Natural History

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The Chilean National Museum of Natural History is one of three national museums in Chile, along with the Museum of Fine Arts and the National History Museum. It is located in Quinta Normal Park. Wikipedia

Ledenika Cave

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Ledenika is a cave in the Northwestern parts of the Balkan Mountains, 16 km away from the Bulgarian city of Vratsa. Its entrance is approximately 830 m above sea level. The cave features an abundance of galleries and impressive karst formations including stalactites and stalagmites. Wikipedia

Gull Beach

The natural setting of Maria is one of the most popular photos in the Gaspé Peninsula which is distributed all over the world.

This oversized steel frame highlights the variety of surrounding landscapes. This spectacular work was produced by Yves Gonthier, painter and sculptor, in 1995.

Saint-Elzéar Cave

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Inside the cave, the temperature is always maintained at 4 ° C, whether summer or winter. It is more than 200 meters long and sinks up to 35 meters below the surface. The visit is made on a metal walkway that visitors do not leave and which gives them access to the spacious and easily accessible sections of the cave. The age of the cave is estimated to be over 230,000 years. The opening of the entrance well would coincide with the retreat of the last glacier about 10,000 years ago. As the entrance shaft is vertical, it has acted as a trap for the animals that have inhabited the region for the past ten millennia. We can therefore observe a wide variety of bones. Some of them belonged to extinct species from the region. The cave of Saint-Elzéar, one of the oldest in Quebec, has a wide variety of concretions. We discover calcite flows, stalactites, stalagmites, globulites, moon milk and gours. Our guides, keen on this natural heritage, will share with you the keen interest that drives them.

Bandelier National Monument

Spend a few hours or an entire day hiking the many trails that wind through Bandelier National Monument and exploring ancient Native American cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.  Twenty minutes away is Los Alamos, home of Los Alamos National Laboratory and its Bradbury Science Museum, which tells the story of the Manhattan Project.

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon rainforest, covering much of northwestern Brazil and extending into Colombia, Peru, and other South American countries, is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, famed for its biodiversity. It’s crisscrossed by thousands of rivers, including the powerful Amazon. River towns, with 19th-century architecture from rubber-boom days, include Brazil’s Manaus and Belém and Peru’s Iquitos and Puerto Maldonado.
Area2.124 million mi²
CoordinatesCoordinates: 3°S 60°W / 3°S 60°W

Queen Elizabeth Park, Uganda Safari

The Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) is Uganda‘s most visited national park. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park. It was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth National Park occupies an estimated 1,978 square kilometers (764 sq mi). The park extends from Lake Georgein the north-east to Lake Edward in the south-west and includes the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its wildlife, including African buffaloUgandan kobhippopotamusNile crocodileAfrican bush elephantAfrican leopardlion, and chimpanzee. It is home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes. Poachers killed six elephants in the park in 2015, triggering both anger and frustration within the Ugandan conservation community.

Queen Elizabeth National Park together with the adjacent Virunga National Park is a Lion Conservation Unit. The area is considered a potential lion stronghold in Central Africa if poaching is curbed and prey species recover.

The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.[10][11]

Services in the park include a telecenter run by Conservation Through Public Health and the Uganda Wildlife Authority, neighboring the Queen’s Pavilion, park lodges, game, and scenic drives, and boat launches.[12]

Costa Rican Jungle

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Sand Dune Arch

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Visit a secluded rock arch surrounded by sand and nestled among sandstone rock fins. Sand Dune Arch is a popular destination in Arches National Park, which contains over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. These arches are created by erosion from water and weather, so the iconic features of the park are constantly changing. The Entrada Sandstone layer — the pink rock you see — is ideally suited to form arches because it is very porous, which allows water in to start the erosion that leads to an arch.

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Wire Pass Slot Canyon

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Wire Pass is the entrance to Buckskin Gulch, the longest and deepest slot canyon in Utah. Slot canyons are known for their narrow passageways — Wire Pass is less than three feet wide in some areas — flanked by towering walls. Utah has the largest concentration of slot canyons in the world due to the large amount of sandstone and the particular rain patterns of the area. These narrow passageways form when flash floods carve notches into soft stone. The water flows through the notch, the flow becoming faster and stronger as it is forced through a small opening. Repeated floods create the dramatic, swirling patterns you see on the walls of the canyon as it is carved deeper. As slot canyons collect drainage from miles around, they can be very dangerous places to hike even when no rain is visible at the canyon. Wire Pass Trailhead is located in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, famous for its remote wilderness and striking geology.

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Cave of the Mounds

Cave of the Mounds, a natural limestone cave located near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, United States, is named for two nearby hills called the Blue Mounds. It is located in the southern slope of the east hill. (Wikipedia)

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San Bernardino National Forest | Keller Peak Fire Lookout

The Keller Peak Fire Lookout is located at the top of Keller Peak Road just past Running Springs California.  Constructed in 1926, it is the oldest fire tower still standing in the San Bernardino National Forest.

From 1927 to 1981 the tower was manned by Forest Service personnel. In 1985, volunteers from the Rim of the World Interpretive Association manned the site after it received an extensive renovation. In 1994 the Fire Lookout Host program was created to manage all the lookouts “on the forest.” Currently, over 250 volunteers operate all the lookouts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during fire season. “This year alone, Keller Peak lookout volunteers have called in three ‘first responses’ to fires. They’re becoming more and more important in assisting firefighters,” said Kris Assel, executive director of the San Bernardino National Forest Association. When visitors are not on the lookout, volunteers scan for “smokes.” Trained on the Osborne, a device used to locate points within the forest, they are fully trained to let the Forest Service know the exact location of the fire. “Often our lookout volunteers assist with pinpointing exact fire locations,” said Chris Fabbro, co-coordinator of the Fire Lookout Host program.

The lookout hasn’t changed much from the time it was built by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The site represents one of the very few fire towers in California that were built before the Great Depression. Although cell phones make it easier for residents and visitors to report fires, the lookouts still serve as fire lookouts and also as mini visitor centers. Visitors who wish to climb the steep steps up to the tower get a beautiful view of the valley below (smog aside) and when they turn around, a view of the beautiful mountain peaks that surround the tower.

According to information from the U.S. Forest Service, the peak was named for Ally Carlin Keller who was born in San Bernardino in 1868. He was, at one time, an employee of the Forest Service. A Sierra Club history of the site says that his father, Carlin Keller, was a native of Illinois who settled, farmed and logged the area in 1854. A Serrano Indian name for this peak may have been “Kaviktaviat,” meaning “so very deep or steep that it could not be climbed.”

On Saturday, July 13, 2002, a re-dedication ceremony was held to honor nine crewmen of a B-26 bomber who were killed on December 31, 1941, when the plane they were flying crashed into Keller Peak. Apparently, had they been flying 100 feet higher the plane would have cleared the mountain. The plane had earlier been a part of a diamond formation traveling through the Cajon Pass but when the squadron encountered stormy weather, the planes separated and the B-26 at the rear of the formation failed to clear the mountain.

The lookout gives a history of the flight, along with a commemorative plaque situated near the two engines that are still on the mountainside. During Saturday’s events, a rededication of the plaque was made. The rim of the World Community Church Pastor Charles Van Kirk led the short service.

Keller Peak Fire Lookout is open to the public 9 am – 5 pm daily from Memorial Day to mid-November. This lookout is located east of Running Springs on Forest Road 1N96. This 5-mile road is paved all the way to the fire lookout. (Joan Moseley) Captured by: ReOrbitVR

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Belgenny Farm Creamery

In 1795 a large herd of wild cattle was found grazing on the southern side of the Nepean River, thriving without human help. They were the progeny of two bulls and four cows that had wandered off from Sydney Cove in 1788. This is why the district became known as ‘the Cowpastures’, and it was here that John Macarthur was granted 5,000 acres of land in 1805.

Macarthur’s grant, initially known as ‘Camden’ and later as ‘Camden Park’, remained with the family for nearly 170 years. As the estate grew, much of the land was tenanted but the family retained portions for their own use, including the ‘Home Farm’. What we now call ‘Belgenny Farm’ was the center of the Home Farm.

From the mid-1830s the family lived at Camden Park House about 2km away. In the English tradition of great country houses, the Home Farm supplied them with fresh produce and directly involved them in farming, independent of their many tenant farmers on the wider estate.

Camden Park and Belgenny Farm have been at the center of one of Australia’s most enduring agricultural stories.

From humble beginnings in 1805 with the grant of 5,000 acres in an area previously beyond the settlement of Sydney, the estate grew to a group of farms totaling 27,693 acres over much of what is present-day Camden and its southern surrounds.

At its peak, the Camden Park had nine dairies and provided milk and fruit for a growing population in Sydney and was maintaining the lead in best practice and innovative agricultural methods for wool production and viticulture.

Camden Park has played an important role for generations in the form of Camden Vale Milk Bar, School Milk and the Rotolactor as well as the development of the townships of Camden and Menangle. The Macarthur family involved with the estate and what is now Belgenny have many amazing stories. You can read their stories by following the links on this site. (Belgenny Farm) Captured by: 3D Insights

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Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History: Inside a T. rex

Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History: Inside a T. rex

Tyrannosaurus or T. rex is a genus of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the most well-represented of the large theropods. Wikipedia

Lived83.6 million years ago – 66 million years ago (Cretaceous)
Did you knowHumans are closer to the time of the T. Rex than T. Rex was to the time of the Stegosaurus. edp24.co.uk

Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood

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Explore a unique piece of American history: Timberline Lodge. The iconic lodge sits at an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet in the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. Built in 1937, Timberline Lodge was created as an initiative by President Franklin Roosevelt to stimulate the struggling economy and give jobs to thousands of unemployed citizens during the Great Depression. Most of the construction was done by hand and was completed in only 15 months! Walk around this mountain retreat that helped trigger the skiing industry in Oregon! (Matterport)

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Buffalo Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are botanical gardens located within South Park in Buffalo, New York, United States. These gardens are the product of landscaping architect Frederick Law Olmsted, glass-house architects Lord & Burnham, and botanist and plant-explorer John F. Cowell. (Wikipedia)

The Buffalo Botanical Gardens in Buffalo, NY was designed by Frederick Olmsted who famously designed Central Park in New York City. Certain elements of the garden, such as the tri-domed glass, were designed by Lord and Burnham who designed the Crystal Palace in England. The Buffalo Botanical Garden was built between 1897-1899. The structure is actually part of the city’s South Park. Today, there are 23 employees and over 250 active volunteers maintaining the Botanical Gardens for over 100,000 annual visitors. (Matterport) Captured by: VRealExperience

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Yosemite National Park

Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquillity of the High Sierra.

First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. (US National Park Service)

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The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a prototype of a habitat for humans to experiment and see what it would be like to work and live on Mars. The station simulates the type of environment that would serve as the main base for months of exploration in the harsh Martian environment. The MDRS hosts scientists, engineers, and sometimes college students in relative isolation for 2-3 weeks to research technology, operations, and science associated with human space exploration. The two-story cylindrical building, dubbed the “Hab”, was built in 2001 and can house seven crew members at any time.

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Helen’s Rain Garden

rain garden is a planted depression or a hole that allows rainwater runoff from impervious urban areas, like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas, the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing stormwater to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains and surface waters which causes erosionwater pollutionflooding, and diminished groundwater). They should be designed for specific soils and climates. The purpose of a rain garden is to improve water quality in nearby bodies of water and to ensure that rainwater becomes available for plants as groundwater rather than being sent through stormwater drains straight out to sea. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%. (Wikipedia) Captured by: 360° 3D World

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Bruentrup Heritage Farm

The Bruentrup Heritage Farm was established in 1891. William Bruentrup married Ida Wagner and the bride’s family gave them 40 acres of land along White Bear Avenue as a wedding present. They added land until it reached 175 acres. Four generations of the family have farmed there. The farmhouse was somewhat modernized in 1912.

Over the years the surrounding land was being developed. A large part of the Bruentrup property had been sold, including the many acres where Maplewood Mall is now located. In 1997 the developers offered the Bruentrup family a very good price for their land. The Bruentrup’s offered the City of Maplewood the first chance to buy it. The City sent out a questionnaire to the citizens of Maplewood. The responses were very positive to the idea of saving the farm in that location.

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The newly formed Maplewood Area Historical Society became interested at that time. Private citizens and local businesses were sent pledge forms. The Historical Society raised over $20,000, but time was running out and the developers purchased the property. A group of Society members convinced our State Legislators to carry a bill to fund the moving of the farm buildings on to City-owned Open Space. The bill passed with the help of many citizen lobbyists.

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The farm buildings were moved in 1999. The house, barn, granary, machine shed and metal foundry building and 1 hundred years of farming artifacts were all moved to 2 1/2 acres donated by the City. This land is adjacent to 25 acres of City-owned prairie preserve. This preservation effort was a winner of the Historic Preservation Award in the year 2000. Because of the hundreds of volunteers, individuals, local businesses, labor unions, and the Bruentrup family we have been able to get the house, some of the buildings and the grounds in excellent condition. The work will continue. We welcome visitors to the Bruentrup Farm which is located 2 blocks east of Maplewood Mall on County Road D. (Maplewood Area Historical Society) Captured by: Nienow Cultural Consultants

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Big Island Lava Tube

Explore this unique lava tube near the Kona Airport on the Big Island of Hawaii. A lava tube, or pyroduct, is a natural conduit formed by flowing lava from a volcanic vent that moves beneath the hardened surface of a lava flow. If lava in the tube empties, it will leave a cave. Wikipedia

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Antarctica

Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,000,000 square kilometres (5,400,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent. For comparison, Antarctica is near twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all the continents. Antarctica is a desert, with annual precipitation of only 200 mm (8 in) along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F) (or even −94.7 as measured from space), though the average for the third quarter (the coldest part of the year) is −63 °C (−81 °F). Anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people reside throughout the year at the research stations scattered across the continent. Organisms native to Antarctica include many types of algae, bacteria, fungi, plants, protista, and certain animals, such as mites, nematodes, penguins, seals, and tardigrades. Vegetation, where it occurs, is tundra.

Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis (“Southern Land”) date back to antiquity, Antarctica is noted as the last region on Earth in recorded history to be discovered and colonised by humans, unsighted until 1820 when the Russian expedition of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev on Vostok and Mirny sighted the Fimbul ice shelf. The continent, however, remained largely neglected for the rest of the 19th century because of its hostile environment, lack of easily accessible resources, and isolation. In 1895, the first confirmed landing was conducted by a team of Norwegians.

Antarctica is a de facto condominium, governed by parties to the Antarctic Treaty System that have consulting status. Twelve countries signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and thirty-eight have signed it since then. The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, prohibits nuclear explosions and nuclear waste disposal, supports scientific research, and protects the continent’s ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists from many nations. (Wikipedia)

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Kabir Kouba Waterfall

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The Park of the Kabir Kouba Cliff and Waterfall is a public park in Québec (Canada) crossed by the Saint-Charles River. The rapids and falls of this section of the river are called Kabir Kouba the «river of a thousand bends» in the Montagnais language.[1] An interpretive center and trails permit the observation of the Kabir Kouba waterfall that has a height of 28 metres. The trails also provide a view of the canyon which at its highest point measures 42 metres as well as a rich variety of flora, fauna and fossils dating over 455 million years old. The interpretive center also offers services such as Kabir Kouba by Lantern, A Day at Loretteville package as well as guided visits of the falls. A song by the singer Claire PelletierKabir Kouba, evoques the many Huron legends that honour the river and the waterfall. (Wikipedia)

Miguasha National Park

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Miguasha National Park is a protected area near Carleton-sur-Mer on the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec in Canada. Created in 1985 by the Government of Quebec, Miguasha was designated a World Heritage Site in 1999 in recognition of its wealth of fossils, which display a crucial time during the evolution of life on Earth. Other names for this site are the Miguasha Fossil Site, the Bay of Escuminac Fossil Site, the Upper Devonian Escuminac Formation, and the Hugh-Miller Cliffs. It is also sometimes referred to on fossil specimens as ‘Scaumenac Bay’ or ‘Scaumenac Bay P.Q.’ (Wikipedia)