Posts Tagged 'Australia'

A Lost World is Discovered in Australia

Scientists have just discovered the closest thing to Jurassic Park that we’ll ever find. No they didn’t find any preserved dinosaur DNA nor did we find any dinosaurs still living, we found something much cooler. In an extremely remote part of Northern Australia scientists discovered what they’re calling an undiscovered “Lost World” that they only found thanks to Google Earth. On this isolated plateau they found a rainforest that has been preserved since before the dinosaurs even existed. Many of the animals that they found there were completely undiscovered species that have been isolated from their closest cousins for hundreds of millions of years. It is thought that this plateau hasn’t changed too much since the end of the Permian Extinction about 250 million years ago.

The scientists have discovered and documented three species so far in their initial exploration, the Cape Melville leaf-tailed gecko, the Cape Melville shade skin, and the Blotched boulder frog. I find it absolutely incredible that there are parts of the Earth that we still haven’t fully explored yet and species of plants and animals that we haven’t yet discovered. It took Google Earth and a helicopter to find one of these last unknown frontiers and seeing this story makes me wonder just how many more unexplored places there are.


No one in human history had ever laid eyes on that frog before this week.

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Seven of the World’s Most Massive Meteor Craters

Most have heard the news reports and seen footage of the meteor that recently streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains on February 15th injuring many people and causing sharp explosions. Weather.com takes a look at seven more of the world’s largest meteor craters.

1. Barringer Meteor Crater, Arizona

This crater was created 49,000 years ago when a nickel-iron meteorite weighing in at several hundred thousand tons & traveling at of 40,000 miles per hour hit Earth. It’s the best-preserved impact crater in existence. The crater is ¾ of a mile wide and 575 feet deep!

Barringer Crater, Arizona

 

2. Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

Lake Bosumtwi is Ghana’s only natural lake and it was created when a meteorite his Earth about 1.3 million years ago. It created a hole in the ground with a six-mile diameter! The crater slowly filled with water to form the lake which is a vital source of life for the area. The lake is considered sacred by the Ashanti people of Ghana.

Lake Bosumtwi, Ghana

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Clearwater Lakes, Canada

About 290 million years ago, a pair of asteroids hit Quebec on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. Their impact created what is now known as Clearwater Lakes. The larger lake is a whopping twenty-mile in diameter while the smaller one is 13.7 miles in diameter.

Clearwater Lakes, Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Wolfe Creek, Australia

Wolfe Creek is also a well-preserved crater thanks to its approximate age of 300,000 years and the desert environment of Australia’s Outback. It has a diameter of approximately half a mile wide and its center is dotted with trees and shrubs.

Wolfe Creek, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad

This eleven-mile wide crater is located in the Sahara Desert. Approximately 200-300 million years ago, a comet or asteroid with an estimated 1-mile diameter slammed into the earth and created the Aorounga Crater. According to scientists, impacts of this size only occur about once every million years.

Aorounga Impact Crater, Chad

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Pingualit, Quebec, Canada

This crater is located in Pingualuit National Park. It was created about 1.4 million years ago and is known to natives as the “Crystal Eye of Nunavik.” Today the crater is filled with water from rain and melting snow. It’s so pure that the salt content of the water measures only 3 parts per million.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Oldest Asteroid Impact, Greenland

This 62-mile wide crater is possibly the oldest asteroid impact crater known to man and was created more than two billion years ago. Finnefjelf Moutain which stands more than 3,000 feet high is believed to be the crushed core of the structure.

Oldest Asteroid Impact, Greenland

 

 

 

 

 

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10 awe-inspiring places around the world

Tripadvisor.com has compiled a visually stunning look at the 10 awe-inspiring places around the world. On a planet as beautiful and diverse as our Earth,there are thousands of amazing places to visit. Each one offering something sure to satisfy your traveler’s curiousity as well provide you with a memorable experience. Why is a list like this so great? The answer is simply it hards you narrow down your options when planning a trip by offering input by those whose who have already been there. As the new years slowly creeps in and you begin to plan your big vacation for 2013, be sure to consider some of the gems in this list. Personally, we recommend visiting #10 on the list, Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site for its breathtaking landscape and wildlife.

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Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley - Photo courtesy of: wikipedia.com

Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley – Photo courtesy of: wikipedia.com

Here is the complete list of 10 awe-inspiring places around the world:

1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

2. The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef, Ambergris Caye, Belize

3. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

4. Trolltunga, Odda, Norway

5. Golden Circle Route, Reykjavik, Iceland

6. Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

7. Kyaikto (Golden Rock), Yangon, Myanmar

8. Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

9. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

10. Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site, Sichuan, China

Eight World Cities and How Much They Cost to Live In

Matadornetwork.com has an interesting article about Eight World Cities and How Much They Cost to Live In. The article features cities like San Francisco, USA; Salta, Argentina; Vancouver, Canada; Cairo, Egypt; La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Ulsan, South Korea; and Melbourne, Australia. A major takeaway is that San Francisco, Vancouver and Melbourne have some of the highest rent in the world while the cost is similar around the world except for Cairo, where the price is significantly less.

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