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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Black Sand Beach, Iceland

The fantastic black sand and pebble beach near the town of Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost settlement in Iceland. This sand originated from the basalt lava that covers much of the area. Because black sand isn’t routinely replenished like most beach sand when storms and tides wash the sand away, black sand beaches tend not to endure very long. The geology of Iceland is comparatively young -- it owes its existence to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that splits the island in half. Volcanoes along the ridge, such as Katla, erupt with some regularity continuing to add surface area and mass to the “land of ice and fire” and to augment the black sand beaches.

The black sand and pebble beach near the town of Vik i Myrdal, the southernmost settlement in Iceland.

Denmark and Sweden Connected by Oresund Bridge

Oresund Bridge — A unique structure, present a modern miracle. It passes through the air, underground and underwater. The 7.8 kilometres-long cable-stayed bridge forms an important part of the fixed link between Denmark and Sweden. From the Swedish city of Malmo to Copenhagen Airport. The Danish capital city, and the major Swedish city of Malmö. It connects the road and rail networks of the Scandinavian Peninsula with those of Central and Western Europe. The crossing of the strait is completed by a 4 km underwater tunnel, called the Drogden Tunnel, from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager. The term Øresund Bridge often includes this tunnel.

The 7.8 kilometres-long cable-stayed bridge forms an important part of the fixed link between Denmark and Sweden.

Silfra Crack | The rift between two Continents

The Silfra crack or fissure is a rift that is part of a divergent tectonic boundary located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.  Diving down the Silfra crack allows divers to be able to swim between continents and actually touch two tectonic plates at the same time.  These two tectonic plates drift apart roughly 2cm per year.  The Silfra crack is located at the rim of Þingvallavatn Lake located within the Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, South Iceland.

The Silfra crack or fissure is a rift that is part of a divergent tectonic boundary located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Salinas Grandes | The salt desert of Argentina

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina. It is spanning the borders of four provinces, that is Córdoba, Catamarca, La Rioja and Santiago del Estero, at an average altitude of 170 metres above sea level, at the foot of the Sierras de Córdoba mountain range. It covers an area of 6,000 km². It is very similar to Lake Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. 

Salinas Grandes - one of the world's largest salt flats, located in central-northern Argentina.

Ol Doinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania

Ol Doinyo Lengai, "Mountain of God" in the Maasai language, is located in the north of Tanzania near Lake Natron and is part of the volcanic system of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. Altitude - 2962 m. The volcano is located in a part of the fault zone, which is called Grid Sikes, where, as expected, the crust is particularly thin. This is - one of the most unusual volcanoes in the world. The only one that spews natrocarbonatite lava.

Ol Doinyo Lengai, "Mountain of God" in the Maasai language, is located in the north of Tanzania
Image credit Joanna Rigby-Jones

Bigar Waterfall, The Unique Waterfall of Romania

Biggar waterfall also known as Izvorul Bigar, in Romania is a unique creation in the world. In Romania, there is so much hidden wonderful places that are little known even Romanians, one of them falls Biggar. This waterfall is located at the south-west limit of the country, in the south of the Anina Mountains in Caras-Severin County, on the upper Anina mountain on the Mini River, in the Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park. The rounded waterfall is almost eight meters high, and falls over an unusual and dramatic green carpet of moss.

The Bigar Waterfall is also called "the miracle from the Minis Canyon" by the locals.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Super Bike | Bienville Legacy

The Legacy is the first commission by the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative (ADMCI)and created by Nesbitt's New Orleans-based Bienville Studios. The design has been on the table for nearly a decade, but work has been underway for the past two years, culminating in what Nesbitt describes as "an entirely new vehicle, reinventing how motorcycles function from the ground up."

The Legacy is the first commission by the American Design and Master-Craft Initiative (ADMCI)and created by Nesbitt's New Orleans-based Bienville Studios.