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The Coolest Places On Earth: Reed Flute Caves- Guangxi, China (Photos)

Guilin is a city of about 5 million people located in the Guangxi region of southeast China. The city, which was officially established around 111 BC, is rich with Chinese history and culture. But Guilin also has another claim to fame: the Reed Flute Cave. This natural limestone cave is 180 million years old, and has been one of Guilin’s main tourist attractions for over 1200 years. The cave was named for the reeds which grow outside of its entrance. These reeds

The Coolest Places On Earth: The Crooked Forest- Poland (Pictures)

Near the small town of Gryfino in northwest Poland lies one of the strangest forests you will ever see. The Crooked Forest, as it’s known, is a collection of around 400 pine trees. These are no normal pines, though. At the base of each tree, the trunk takes a 90 degree bend before gradually curving back upwards. All of the curves point in the same direction: north. It is estimated that the trees grew for 7-10 years before they were held

The Coolest Places On Earth: Fingal’s Cave, Scotland (Photo Gallery)

Fingal’s Cave is a beautiful sea cave in Scotland on the island of Staffa in the inner Hebrides. The caves unique formation, structure, and history have made it an international attraction. The cave is believed to have formed 60 million years ago in a volcanic eruption. The eruption caused lava flow that formed hexagonally-jointed basalt columns similar to Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. In fact, scientist believe both Giant’s Causeway and Fingal’s cave were formed from the same lava flow. Today, Fingal’s Cave

The Coolest Places On Earth: Fly Geyser, Nevada (Pictures)

On the Hualapai Flat in Northwest Nevada, about a third of a mile off of old Route 34, lies the Fly Ranch. In 1964, energy speculators dug wells into the area, looking for sources of geothermal energy. The well they dug at Fly Ranch was either capped incorrectly or not tapped at all, because soon after the speculators left, dissolved minerals began to rise from the ground, accumulating into the mounds which continue to grow to this day. Eventually, the

The Coolest Places On Earth: The Marieta Islands, Mexico (Pictures)

Off the western coast of Mexico, about 150 miles west of Guadalajara, lies a pair of uninhabited islands with a very peculiar history. Formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago, the islands have never been settled upon by anybody. In the early 1900s, the Mexican government decided to use the islands for military explosives testing, creating a number of extraordinary caves and rock formations on the islands. Check out some pictures of the islands below: In the late 1960s, world-famous scientist and

Count Dracula’s Castle Just Went Up For Sale. Take A Tour and Learn About Its Dark History

Bran Castle, a 12th century Romanian fortress, is most famous for being the home of the fictional character Count Dracula. Its current owners, now in their 70s, have put the castle on the market for a reported $80 million. Check out some pictures below (click an image to enlarge). Over the years, the castle has housed Saxons, Hungarians, Teutonic Knights and possibly even Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula), who is thought to have been imprisoned there sometime during the

The Volcano That Erupts With Blue Lava and The Brave Men Who Mine It (Pictures and Video)

The Kawah Ijen Volcano is unlike any other volcano you have ever seen. The mountain contains high levels of pure sulfur, which burns a bright blue-violet color when the volcano erupts. The blue lava is extremely toxic, and reaches temperatures upwards of 239° F. Also, plumes of sulfur flames can rise up to 16 feet high. Despite the grave risks, many local men make a living by trekking up the mountain to mine sulfur from the volcano’s crater, carrying it out by

6 of The Most Breathtaking Yet Terrifying Bridges You Could Ever Cross (Pictures)

Click any of the images to enlarge them. 1. Capilano Suspension Bridge- North Vancouver, Canada Height: 70m (230ft); Length: 137m (449ft)- This simple suspension bridge crosses the Capilano River in the Canadian province of British Columbia. 2. Hanging Bridge of Ghasa- Kushma, Nepal Height: 70m (443ft); Length: 137m (1,128ft)- This bridge was created in the hopes of easing some of the congestion that was being caused by shepherds constantly moving their animals up and down the narrow mountain roads. 3. Aiguille du

The Coolest Places on Earth: Cancun Underwater Museum of Art (Pictures)

The Cancun Underwater Museum of Art is the brainchild of English sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. In November of 2009, he began the project by placing 100 sculptures in the shallow water of Cancun National Marine Park. He has since added more sculptures. Taylor models the sculptures after members of the local community there, and since they are made of pH neutral marine concrete, they will become artificial reefs over time as they are covered with coral. Check out some pictures of the museum

The Coolest Places on Earth: Chittorgarh Fort, India (Picture Gallery)

This former military fort in India covers approximately 1 square miles and is located on the left bank of the Berach river. The Chittorgarh Fort is known for being the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort is commonly referred to as “Chittor”, and was formerly the capital of Mewar. Check Out some pictures below of India’s largest former military fort. The fort is studded with a series of historical palaces, gates, temples and two

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