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World's most amazing photos (Part 10) | Wonders of Nature

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Published on Sep 16, 2011

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The story behind the photos:

Number 10:
Khao Phing Kan is a pair of islands on the west coast of Thailand, in the Phang Nga Bay, Andaman Sea. About 40 meters (130 ft) from its shores lies a 20 meters (66 ft) tall islet Ko Tapu. Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island.

Number 9:
Angel Falls is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world's highest waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in the Canaima National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gran Sabana region of Bolívar State.

Number 8:
Man-Pupu-Nyor (little mountain of the gods) is a magical geological legacy sculpted deep within the Ural mountains in Russia. It consists of seven impressive rock formations with heights varying from 30 to 42 meters which reign over the solitary mountain plateau. The Seven Giants are located in an inhospitable and remote region in the Republic, which is why access to Man-Pupu-Nyor is reserved to very well prepared travelers and usually requires helicopters or snowmobiles.

Number 7:
The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 124 meters (407 ft) deep. It was formed during several episodes of Quaternary glaciation when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again, the caves were flooded.

Number 6:
Mount Nyiragongo is a stratovolcanov in the Virunga Mountains. It is located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo just west of the border with Rwanda. The main crater is about two km wide and usually contains a lava lake. Nyiragongo's lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. Nyiragongo and nearby Nyamuragira are together responsible for 40% of Africa's historical volcanic eruptions.

Number 5:
Lake Natron is a salt lake located in northern Tanzania, close to the Kenyan border, in the eastern branch of Africa's Great Rift Valley. The lake is fed by the Ewaso Ng'iro River but also by mineral-rich hot springs, leaving high levels of salt and other minerals. Temperatures in the lake can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), The alkali salt crust on the surface of the lake is also often colored red or pink by the salt-loving microorganisms that live there.

Number 4:
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, and is elevated 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above the sea level. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness.

Number 3:
The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform are formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. Danxia landforms cover several provinces in southeast China.

Number 2:
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. The bacteria produce colors ranging from green to red; the amount of color in the microbial mats depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature of the water which favors one bacterium over another. The center of the pool is sterile due to extreme heat.

Number 1:
Cave of the Crystals is a cave connected to the Naica Mine 300 metres (980 ft) below the surface in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found. The cave's largest crystal found to date is 11 m (36 ft) in length, 4 m (13 ft) in diameter and 55 tons in weight. The cave is extremely hot with air temperatures reaching up to 58 °C (136 °F) with 90 to 99 percent humidity. The cave is relatively unexplored due to these factors. Without proper protection people can only endure approximately ten minutes of exposure at a time.

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