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Bhutan: Paro Taktsang

Paro Taktsang Buddhist monastery, Bhutan
Paro Taktsang Buddhist monastery.
Avinash Singh, Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Paro Taktsang ("Tiger's lair of Paro") is one of the holiest places not only in Bhutan but in whole Himalaya. This amazing monastery is entwined with legends... or may be these miracles happened in reality?



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  • In the least explored swamp of the world - Likouala Swamps is located the mysterious Lake Tele (Republic of the Congo). According to local legends here lives the mysterious mokele-mbembe and other weird creatures.
  • There is only one impact crater on Earth with ejecta rays still visible - Kamil Crater in Egypt.
  • Crossection of Vrtiglavica cave, Slovenia
    Crossection of Vrtiglavica cave with waterfall. Note that the scale is distorted - lower part is "squeezed".
    Gatis Pāvils, basing on measurements of JDD Koper and other speleologists, CC-BY-SA-3.0
    It is possible that the tallest cave waterfall is approximately 400 - 440 m tall waterfall in Vrtiglavica - cave with the world's deepest vertical pitch (Slovenia).
  • Arorae navigational stones (Kiribati) are unique megaliths. These standing stones were erected in the late 19th century and served as a navigational aid for islanders sailing towards other islands.
  • The newest impact crater on Earth is Carancas impact crater in Peru. This 13.5 m wide crater was blasted by 1.6 - 2 m wide meteorite in 2007.
  • La Danta pyramid in El Mirador - one of the largest pyramids in the world, Guatemala
    La Danta pyramid in El Mirador.
    Dennis Jarvis, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
    One of the largest prehistoric structures in the world is La Danta pyramid in El Mirador, Guatemala. This Mayan pyramid is 72 m tall and its volume exceeds the volume of the largest pyramids in Egypt.
  • The tallest waterfall in France is Grande Cascade de Gavarnie – Gavarnie Falls. This 422 m tall waterfall forms a magnificent backdrop of Cirque de Gavarnie – the most dramatic landscape in Pyrenees.
  • The famous Avenue of the Baobabs consists of giant Grandidier's baobabs (Adansonia grandidieri) - rare species, which grows only in the dry forests of western Madagascar.
  • Dysommina rugosa eels in Nafanua Eel City, American Samoa
    Dysommina rugosa eels in Nafanua Eel City.
    Alia Expedition Home Page / free for non-commercial educational use.
    There is a quickly rising volcano in American Samoa - Vailulu'u. On the summit of this potential future island live countless eels.
  • In the centre of Sahara, in Chad is located active geothermal area - Soborom geothermal field with hot springs.
  • Chir Batti in India is one of sites with unexplained light phenomena. Sometimes here are observed balls of light floating near the ground level.

Map of the described landmarks

This map shows only the "Rank 1" and "Rank 2" monuments. Red dots are architecture monuments, pink - archaeological, blue - geological and meteorological, green - biological. All landmarks are visible on this map!

Articles

List of confirmed impact craters of the world

Confirmed impact craters of Earth

Wondermondo offers an exclusive table where are listed 191 impact structures - all scientifically confirmed impact structures on Earth!

Pingualuit crater, Canada
Pingualuit crater in Canada.
NASA, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

See also the description of 10 most impressive impact craters on Earth!

February 18, 2013


Countries, territories

Marquesas Islands

Vaipo Falls, Nuku Hiva
Vaipo Falls, Nuku Hiva.
Yves Picq, Wikimedia Commons. CC BY-SA 3.0

Few places in the world can compare to Marquesas Islands regarding the scenery. Marquesas are adorned with incredible cliffs, rock needles, ravines, canyons - for most part covered with a lush tropical forest or dry scrub. More charm is added by the picturesque villages with countless flowers and above all - welcoming and artistic people.

The archaeological heritage of Marquesas is not less charming. Quite a few megalithic monuments here are known touristic landmarks, but unknown number of mysterious stone structures and statues are hiding in the forests. A true fairytale land!

Happily the islands are not flooded by tourists - this place is very remote and the beauty of Marquesas is not much known in the world.

Latest attractions


Azerbaijan: Tnjri (Skhtorashen plane-tree)

Tnjri - giant plane-tree, Azerbaijan
Tnjri - possibly the world's largest plane-tree.
Norayr Ghazaryan, Wikimapia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Most likely the largest plane-tree (Platanus orientalis L.) in the world grows in Karabakh. This tree, reportedly, is more than 2,030 years old and its trunk has a circumference of 27 m.

April 13, 2014

Georgia: Krubera Cave

Plan of Krubera Cave - the deepest cave on Earth
Plan of Krubera Cave - the deepest cave on Earth.
Drawing is based on a drawing in "Encyclopedia of Caves" an several other schemes, CC BY-SA 3.0

World's deepest cave is Krubera Cave in Western Caucasus. This great monument of nature starts as seemingly small hole high up in the mountains and is 2,197 m deep.

March 30, 2014

Kyrgyzstan: Arslanbob Forest

Arslanbob Forest - world's largest walnut forest, Kyrgyzstan
Arslanbob Forest - world's largest walnut forest.
HylgeriaK, Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

World's largest walnut forest - Arslanbob Forest - is located in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Each year there are collected some 1,500 tons of walnuts thus making this forest the largest single source of these nuts in the world.

Mach 14, 2014

Kazakhstan: Kokkol Falls

Kokkol Falls, Kazakstan
Kokkol Falls in Altai Mountains.
Петербургская школа йоги, Алтай – Кочевник 2009 / license comparable to CC BY 2.0

Most beautiful falls in the western part of Altai Mountains are Kokkol Falls - impressive, 60 - 80 m tall waterfall.

February 28, 2014

China: Kanas Lake Monsters

Kanas Lake Monsters, China
Traces left by fast swimming, enormous animal on the surface of Lake Kanas.
Screenshot from spectacular episode shown on CCTV news, 2012. Filmed from some 2 km distance.

There are no doubts that some enormous animals live in Kanas Lake - possibly the largest freshwater fishes in the world. Nevertheless their existence has not been proved yet.

February 16, 2014


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