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Thursday, September 14, 2017

THE WORLD IS STRANGER THAN YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE






(Sorry for some of the type sizes; blogger wouldn't let me fix them.)
The world is a stranger, more beautiful place than you could ever imagine.
1. Bioluminescent phytoplankton can create a beautiful blue glow when they are washed to shore as in this picture taken in Dongying, Shandong Province, China.
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2. There is a lake in Senegal that turns entirely pink due to the light-absorbing algae it contains.
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3. The Zhangye Danxia Landform in Gansu, China, is formed out of colored rocks resulting from red sandstone and deposits of minerals building up over the course of 24 million years.
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4. A blue whale’s heart is as large as a small car, with some arteries large enough for a human to swim through.

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5. Some of the largest natural crystals ever discovered were formed by hydrothermal fluids in the “Cave of Crystals” below the Naica Mine in Mexico.


6. Goats have rectangular pupils.
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7. In Christmas Island, Australia, red crabs migrate en masse from the forest to the ocean to breed, during the spring.

8. There’s a tree in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, that has adapted its roots to grow in the pattern of the brick pavement around it.
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9. The Moeraki Boulders on the Otaki coast of New Zealand occur isolated and in clusters. Their highly spherical shape is the result of wave erosion.
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10. During the rainy season, 4,000 square miles of salt flats in Bolivia transforms into the world’s largest naturally occurring mirror.


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11. Nobody knows where the water from Devil’s Kettle Falls in Minnesota goes. Water falls into a giant pothole without any discoverable exit. Researchers have dumped multiple different kinds of materials into the falls, including colored dyes, logs, and ping pong balls, but no one has ever been able to figure out where it goes.


12. Most regular clouds weigh around 215 thousand pounds. The average storm cloud weighs around 105 million pounds.

13. In 1969, scientist Ágúst Bjarnason found a tomato plant in the lava of the volcanic island of Surtsey. It had grown from the feces of one of the very few scientists allowed to visit the island.


14. The species of jellyfish called Turritopsis dohrnii is technically biologically immortal.
To see details of why, click here. 
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15. The sounds made by the wind blowing in the Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan has been voted as a “must-be-preserved sound” by the Japanese government.
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16. There is a place in southwestern Turkey called Pamukkale, where natural terraces containing hot springs form due to carbonate buildup. “Pamukkale” means “cotton castle.”
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17. The largest glacier in Europe, the Vatnajokull national park, is so massive that in the summer months, the meltwater creates ice caverns that are large enough to be explored.

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18. The world’s largest cave wasn’t discovered until 1991. Son Doong Cave in Vietnam could fit 15 of the world’s largest aircraft carriers inside it, and the ceiling is high enough to contain the 47-floor Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
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19. A small treehouse called La Casa del Arbol at the edge of a cliff near the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador is home to “The Swing at the Edge of the World.”
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Hanging from the tree house is a swing that lets you fly over the precipice without any restraints or harnesses.

20. There is a massive, round sinkhole off the coast of Belize that’s 1,000 feet across and 400 feet deep.
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It was formed by repeated periods of glaciation, and sits in the middle Lighthouse Reef. Because of that, the waters are often crystal clear, and is home to many unique varieties of fish, making it a popular destination for divers.

21. Hummingbirds can fly backwards. They are the only known animal that can do this.

22. The roof of the “Glowworm Grotto” in the Waitomo Caves lights up like the night sky thanks to a luminescent species of glowworm called Arachnocampa luminosa that are only found in New Zealand.
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Some strange (but not necessarily beautiful cartoons:

 

 
 
 
 






This cartoon is inappropriate here, but funny.


Carol Wyer's newest book, "The Missing Girls", is, I believe, the best in this series so far.
There was no way I could have predicted the ending!!
It's available on Amazon starting today.























21 comments:

  1. We do indeed live in an amazing world. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    My partner has been to Pamukkale and loved it.

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  2. The Missing Girls is book three? I remember reading book one, but not book two. I'm going to have to check on that.
    #6: I knew that about goats, my mum used to keep goats and mix some of their milk with the regular milk left in the billycan by the milkman each day. She also sold some to a family whose son was allergic to cows milk.
    #8: I'm very impressed by the adaptability of that tree.
    #12: 105 million pounds! so when someone says there's a heavy storm on the way, they really DO mean Heavy.

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    1. The first book in the series was "Little Girl Lost", the second was "Secrets of the Dead" & "The Missing Girls" is the third.

      A pint's a pound the world round, so there's a lot of water up there!!

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    2. I'm churning them out, River! :) Hope you get a chance to read them. There'll be 7 in total. x

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  3. Some interesting stuff! Ive always wanted to see the pink lake.
    Lisa

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  4. Fran, thank you so much for mentioning my latest book. You have been such a wonderful support over the years. Hugest of thanks xx

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    1. I wouldn't do it if I didn't love you--AND your books!!

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  5. NO NO NO on the swing. Other wise you make me wish I got out more. Fascinating stuff.
    Just ordered book three. Enjoyed the first two.

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    1. A big NO from me, too. You'll love book three!!

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    2. Patti, thank you so much. I hope you enjoy this one too. It is without doubt my favourite in the series so far. x

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  6. Those tree roots are freaky. The world is a weird and wonderful place.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. Thank you for sharing such beautiful natural places and thank you for the funnies. Take care of yourself.

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    1. You are welcome!! Does your husband still read my posts?

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  8. That photo of a person inside a replica of a whales heart is awesome.

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  9. That whale heart amazes me!

    I've read about the bioluminescent worms, the world's largest cave, the crystal cave, the Bolivia salt flats, and the glacier caverns, in the Science World magazine when I was teaching. And I have a goat, so I know about their pupils. That heart is impressive!

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