DeadVlei, Namibia, the most beautiful dead place you'll ever see

posted on 6th of may, 2014

Among the towering red dunes of Namib-Naukluft National Park in the central Namib Desert is an area known as Sossusvlei. It is a strange and alien landscape where, over the thousands of years, the sand has literally rusted. Nearby here there is an even more ancient "place of no return":DeadVlei; its name means "dead marsh" (from English dead, and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes). It is a white clay pan also referred to as "Dooie Vlei" which is the original fully Afrikaans name.
The area is scattered with hundreds of dead Acacia trees that once thrived when water from the Tsauchab River soaked this piece of land. Some 900 years ago the river diverted its course, leaving Dead Vlei literally high and dry.

It became too dry in Dead Vlei for the trees to even decompose. They...

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Posted by G0r3cki on May 30, 2014
Amazing! :)
Posted by Haotian on May 25, 2014
That place could pass off as Mars in a movie. Wow!
Posted by Haotian on May 25, 2014
That place could pass off as Mars in a movie. Wow!

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Lake Baikal, the Pearl of Siberia

posted on 13th of may, 2014

As the vast evergreen forests of Russia's Siberian taiga extend southward toward Mongolia, the ground rises and the terrain becomes more varied. The border between Siberian Russia and Mongolia is a natural divide here, with rugged hills and mountains forming series of wrinkles between the sprawling Russian forests to the north and rolling grasslands to the south. About midway along this border, in a gigantic stone bowl nearly four hundred miles (636 km) long and almost fifty miles (80 km) wide, lies almost one quarter of the all the fresh water on earth, Lake Baikal.
Geologists estimate that Lake Baikal formed somewhere 20-25 million years ago, during the Mesozoic. and, at more than 5,000 feet deep (1637m) at its most profound, with another four-mile-thick layer of...

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Posted by ClaireCphotography on June 11, 2014
WOW! So nice! Seems like a wonderful place.
Posted by Shootalot on May 29, 2014
Wonderful photos of an unusual place! One day we will have to visit.
Posted by Deaconbrown on May 23, 2014
Very cool pix , nice blog!

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The Alien landscape of Socotra, Yemen

posted on 20th of may, 2014

Socotra is the largest island of an archipelago with the same name and it sums up about 95% of the landmass of the archipelago. It lies some 240 kilometers (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometers (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula.
The landscape of remote Socotra Island looks as if it comes from a sci-fi film but in fact has evolved to look so other-worldly as the'lost world' island has been separated from mainland Africa for between six and seven million years. It is one of the most remote places on Earth of continental origin (not volcanic) and was once part of the super continent of Gondwana, which detached during the Miocene.
The island's harsh environment includes wide sandy beaches, limestone caves and towering mountains, but is for the most part very hot and dry leading to...

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Posted by Lenutaidi on May 25, 2014
Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing!
Posted by Haotian on May 22, 2014
You're right, the place is right out of a movie, and has a surreal kind of beautiful. Thanks very much for sharing.
Posted by Henrymm on May 21, 2014
Very beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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YuanYang rice terraces, Yunnan, China

posted on 27th of may, 2014

March is when villagers water the terraces in preparation for spring ploughing. The water in the fields reflects the sunshine and creates a kaleidoscope of colors. And, if you can brave getting up for the sunrise, or if you see a sunset, then the vistas are spectacular.
The water from the rain and from mountain springs flow down to the rice terraces and the whole cycle repeats itself perpetually. During the winter to early spring season, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to rejuvenate and prepare for the next growing season. There is only one harvest per year for the Yuanyang Rice Terrace; planting occurs from March to October/November every year.
Yuanyang Rice Terraces, located on the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County (part of Honghe Hani Autonomous...

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Posted by ClaireCphotography on June 11, 2014
Wonderful pictures!!! It just shows the world is big and full of wonderful places to visit.
Posted by Egomezta on May 28, 2014
Wow, great images, I want to go there.
Posted by Soroushsym on May 28, 2014
Amazing places, beautiful images!

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