Shards of Turquoise Ice Jut Out of the World’s Largest Lake
Lake Baikal, located in the southern part of eastern Siberia in Russia, is an incredible natural wonder of the world that one can only hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. It’s not just the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, at 20 to 25 million years old, it’s also one of the largest and deepest, holding an astounding one-fifth of the world’s freshwater.
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it looks like some kind of dessert world
“So I was thinking.”
“Nobody really needs eyeballs and limbs and all that, right? When you get down to it, all you really need to be alive is an opening for stuff to go in and an opening for stuff to come out.”
“Well, yeah, I guess so.”
“I might try making things that way for a few million years. ‘Sea cucumbers’ and the like.”
“Okay, but it’s not just going to be, like, a tube with a mouth and an anus, is it? That sounds a little crass.”
“What if I made it pink?”
“I don’t know…”
“Oh, and also, it’s going to breathe through the butt end.”
lol at first i was like OMG THAT DUDE WHAT IS HE DOING HE’S GOING TO DIE but then i realized if i was ever in a place where i could see all that lightning that would totally be me. standing outside to watch the lightning. because i love lightning…and i care very little about my own personal safety in the middle of thunderstorms if i have an unimpeded view of the sky
My absolute favourite cat ever. This is a manul, or pallas cat. Found in the Afghan mountains, they’re one of the oldest pure-blood cousins of our own goggies.
they look like fat balls of rage
I might secretly be a pallas cat.
hahaha they look like my cat butterfinger…not so much the coloring or the crazy fur but the look of pure hatred etched upon their faces.
The marmots and me: The schoolboy, 8, who has struck up a remarkable friendship with a colony of alpine animals.
The eight-year-old built up a remarkable relationship with the creatures since first being taken to see them by his nature-loving family four years ago.
The family return to visit the colony in Groslocker in the Austrian Alps for two weeks every year.
Matteo’s mother Michaela said: ‘Their friendship has lasted for more than four years now.
‘He loves those animals and they are not at all afraid of Matteo because he has a feeling towards them and they understand that.
‘We go there every year now for two weeks - it’s amazing to watch the connection between a boy and his animal friends.’
Marmots stand at around 18cm tall and reach up to 50cm in length.
Bizarrely, the animals are heavier in the autumn, when they can weigh up to 8kg, in comparison to 3kg in the spring months.
Michaela, a schoolteacher from Innsbruck, Austria, has uniquely captured the unique bond between Matteo and his marmot friends throughout the past four years.
He said: ‘I could spend hours watching animals - it gives me a connection with nature and its life forms.
‘It’s great that I have been able to document the marmot’s natural behaviour around Matteo without making them afraid of me and my equipment.
‘I wanted to capture the animals exactly the way I see them - the way they behave among each other, in harmony with their surroundings.’
It is clear from the pictures that Matteo and the marmots are totally comfortable in each other’s company.
Michaela, 46, said: ‘The picture of a curious animal approaching me is a thousand times more beautiful than the picture of any animal looking at me in fear before it takes flight.
‘This is how I try to picture the proudest, more beautiful and also the funniest moments, giving others the opportunity to enjoy the miraculous world of animals.’
ohmygod this is adorable.
The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.
Situated north of the Cap Vert Peninsula in Senegal, northeast of Dakar, Lake Retba, or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake you’ve ever come face to straw with.
And once you see it, you too will agree that a sippy straw may be in order over a boat.
Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to cyanobacteria, a harmless halophilic bacteria found in the water.
If the color weren’t enough to make you smile, it should be known that Lake Retba has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water. In fact, Lake Retba has an almost one and a half times higher salt content than the Dead Sea.
Must. Visit. Now.
OMG. I checked - this is real.
wow thats so cool!!
i want to go to there.
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
The mostly hexagonal basalt columns were formed as lava rapidly cooled and cracked after a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago.
omg this is awesome. with the fog and the ocean and the hexagons, i can’t believe this isn’t something man-made for like a movie. it seriously looks unreal.
i want to go to there.