Uluru (or Ayers) Rock is located in the central part of Australia. Its height is 348 m, width - 3 km, length - 3.6 km. Depending on the position of the sun, this red sandstone formation changes its coloring from dark purple to gold.
5. Honduras Rosewood
You can find the Honduras rosewood in Belize, Southern Mexico, and Guatemala. They are on the endangered list due to the heavy use of its lumber for various products. The timber produced with this wood is said to be some of the best but surprisingly, there isn’t too much information known about the tree. The wood that is taken from the tree is often of very high quality and the color is what really attracts people. The wood is usually a red purple color with streaks of black. The wood is so unique that people from all over vie to own some of it.
What’s the cause?
The timber made from the Honduras rosewood is highly valuable. A lot of this wood is used to create musical instruments such as guitars and various other stringed instruments. It is most used to create claves and xylophones due to the fact that the timber is said to be heavy and very durable which allows it to provide a very loud but clear note. Also, the wood is often used for carving. Sometimes you’ll even find that the wood is used as a covering for cabinets, knife handles, and even furniture. Sadly, a lot of these trees are being used, but there isn’t nearly as many of them being planted, so the population continues to decline. It’s said to be the worst in Belize where slash-and-burn agriculture is widely used.
To help build up the population again, the Ya’axché Conservation Trust (YCT), the Global Trees Campaign, and the Government of Belize’s Forest Department are all working together to plant Honduras rosewood in private forest reserves so that they can grow and begin to flourish again. The group hopes to plant about 7 tree seedlings per hectare.
4. Clanwilliam Cedar
Have you ever thought about why virtually all American parks and reserves have roads? No, it's not because of Americans' laziness. This is usually because of their large areas and the fact that everyone (even the disabled) could come here and see all this beauty with his own eyes.
5. Ball Lightning
Ball lightning does not look like regular lightning. Instead it takes the form of a glowing sphere drifting horizontally through the air. It can vary in size from a minuscule pea to a large bus. No real theories have been formed and yet at least five percent of the total population has seen ball lightning in some point of time.
4. Aurora Borealis
A tornado (often referred to as a twister or, erroneously, a cyclone) is a violent, dangerous, rotating column of air that is in contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud or, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud. Tornadoes come in many shapes and sizes, but are typically in the form of a visible condensation funnel, whose narrow end touches the earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust. Most tornadoes have wind speeds less than 110 miles per hour (177 km/h), are approximately 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (several kilometers) before dissipating. The most extreme can attain wind speeds of more than 300 mph (480 km/h), stretch more than two miles (3 km) across, and stay on the ground for dozens of miles (more than 100 km). There are several different scales for rating the strength of tornadoes. The Fujita scale rates tornadoes by damage caused, and has been replaced in some countries by the updated Enhanced Fujita Scale. An F0 or EF0 tornado, the weakest category, damages trees, but not substantial structures. An F5 or EF5 tornado, the strongest category, rips buildings off their foundations and can deform large skyscrapers. The similar TORRO scale ranges from a T0 for extremely weak tornadoes to T11 for the most powerful known tornadoes. (source: wikipedia)
An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust that creates seismic waves. The seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. Earthquakes are measured with a seismometer; a device which also records is known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported, with magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes being mostly imperceptible and magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale.
At the Earth’s surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacing the ground. When a large earthquake epicenter is located offshore, the seabed sometimes suffers sufficient displacement to cause a tsunami. The shaking in earthquakes can also trigger landslides and occasionally volcanic activity. These pictures are evidence of what nature can do to us, in a split second.
Cool pictures of rare clouds on Planet Earth. Clouds fill the skies above us and are part of our every day lives, often going unnoticed. However, there are some clouds that are so rare that you will be very lucky to see them in your lifetime.
The auroras exist in the outmost layer of the atmosphere. They are created by electrically charged particles that make the thin air shine, not unlike a fluorescent light. They can be seen in auroral belts that forms 20-25 degrees around the geomagnetic poles, both the north and the south. The Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis (Southern lights or Aurora Australis in the southern hemisphere), are one of the most spectacular shows on this earth. Sometimes they cover almost all of the sky and seem to be dancing around with such grace and speed that one can only watch in awe.
One fun digital photography challenge for those with a little time on their hands (particularly on a lazy long weekend as I know many of you are on) is photographing water drops. There are thousands of these on internet and some might say they are a little cliche, but most of them have been shot with lots of passion and patience. Here is a collection of some interesting photos of dripping drops which may make you a bit fresher!
National park of Costa Rica on the peak of Poas volcano ("a" is stressed Parque Nacional Volcán Poás). It's one of the closest to the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose city, and the most invonvenient to visit. It's located high in the clouds, 2708m. People in Costa Rica joke that if you want to see the crater of the volcano don't say aloud that you are going there. You have to plan the trip in some another place and in the last moment turn to the volcano.
Haze, coniferous forest, hoarfrost. Someone will look at it and exclaims: "Turkey?!" Yes, it really is! To be more exact - Uludag massif, not far from Bursa city.
Once you were already amazed how charming may be the forest of Turkey. It's time to continue...
The wonderful forest in the mountains, the pleasure for your eyes.
The word "Iceland" ("Ice Land") was given by a Norwegian viking Flouki who was among the first visitors of the island. He climbed one of the mountains in the northern coast, saw icebergs in the fiord and started to call the new country "Iceland".
Last time we just started to see peaceful landscapes of Iceland, today we'll see more of those charmed by fog and ice.
Vatnajökull iceberg occupies 1 200 000 hectares (!) - 12% of all territory of the country. It is really enormous! The place sinks in the fogs - heavy and low.
Do you see the red liquid flowing out of the Taylor Glacier in Antarctida? The color is obtained due to a high amount of iron oxide in the water.
St. Nicholas Belogorsk Orthodox Missionary Men's Monastery is situated in the picturesque Ural spurs 120km from Perm and 85km from Kungura.
White Mountain, Belogorye, Ural Afon - that's how locals call this place. In memory of the wondrous deliverance of Cesarevitch Nicholas from the policeman
It is hard to choose words to desribe the nature of Faeroe Islands. The local vocalist Unn Patursson will tell better about her motherland in her song. The song is called Fjart í ringrás. Find and listen to it.
She sings that once the God of vikings spilled a handful of stones on the waters of the Northern Atlantic and everything that remained on the surface was called Faeroe Islands. That trees and bushes don't grow here. That only stones and soft plush moss are around. That the grass is emerald green due to high humidity and lack of sun light.
That the skies over Faeroe is so low that if you want to climb a cloud you may jump on it from the nearest mountain. She sings about thick frequent fogs that turn out to be the dull sky...
The song is very touching, even if you don't know the Faeroe language it will seem that you understand what it is about.