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30 Spectacular Aerial Photos Of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites That Will Take Your Breath Away

30 Spectacular Aerial Photos Of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites That Will Take Your Breath Away

Are you ready to experience 30 breathtaking places that don’t even feel like they belong on planet Earth? UNESCO has amassed over 1,000 amazing heritage sites and I have gone through all of them to pick out some of the best ones!

UNESCO’s heritage sites range from natural landscapes to beautiful cities and gardens. All of which have to go through a rigorous selection process. Let me know in the comments which is your favorite!

1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu National Park

    The 80-meter-high waterfall is right in the center of this site and is 2,700 meters across. The waterfall is made up of many different cascades and is one of the most amazing waterfalls in the world.

    2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    Great Barrier Reef

      This very well-known reef off of the north-east Australian coast, is beaten by few in beauty. It holds the world’s largest collection of coral reefs and has 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 kinds of mollusk.

      3. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

      Galapagos Islands

        Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapapos Islands sit 1,000 kilometers off the South American coast. There are 18 islands that belong to the chain and the local marine life has been called a “living museum and showcase of evolution.”

        4. Simien National Park, Ethiopia

        Simien National Park

          This Ethiopian park has gone through massive erosion, which created this stunning area. The valley digs deep and can drop as much as 1,500 meters. The park also has extremely rare animals including the Gelda baboon, the Simien fox, and the Walia ibex.

          5. Timbuktu, Mali

          timbuktu

            During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Timbuktu was known as an intellectual and spiritual capital and was a pivotal point for the propagation of Islam throughout the African continent.

             6. Cape Floral, South Africa

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            Cape Floral

              This African site is made up of eight protected areas and covers 553,000 ha of land. For soil quality, this is one of the richest areas in the world, which results in lush vegetation. This heritage site represents only 0.5% of the area of Africa, but has nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.

              7. Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan

              Bamiyan Valley

                Bamiyan Valley is home to the remains of the artistic and religious developments that occurred between the first and thirteenth centuries. The area has many Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as buildings from the Islamic period.

                8. Península Valdés, Patagonia

                Valdes

                  This peninsula is a huge focal point for the conservation of marine mammals. The peninsula is important for the breeding population of endangered southern right whales, southern elephant seals and southern sea lions.

                  9. Ischigualasto, Argentina

                  Ichigualasto

                    There are actually two natural parks in this area. The first one (which is shown) is Ischigualasto and the second is Talampaya. Together they cover a massive 275,300 ha. Throughout the parks there are many fossils of plants, dinosaurs, and mammals.

                    10. Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina

                    Quebrada de Humahuaca

                      This valley has been used as an important trade route over the past 10,000 years and has been home to many prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities of the Inca Empire.

                      11. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

                      Qhapaq Ñan

                        Over several centuries, the Incas created a trade and defense network of roads covering 30,000 kilometers. This network stretched from the peaks of the Andes, through rain forests, valleys and deserts.

                        12. Shark Bay, Australia

                        Shark Bay

                          Shark Bay, on the western point of Australia, is home to five species of endangered animals and has vast sea-grass beds that cover 4,800 square kilometers, making them the largest in the world.

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                          13. Historic Center of the City of Salzburg, Austria

                          Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

                            This historic city reaches back to the Middle Ages, when it first became a city-state. It was ruled by prince-archbishops all the way until the nineteenth century. It’s known for its beautiful Gothic art and for being the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, among others.

                            14. Purnululu National Park, Australia

                            Purnululu National Park

                              The Purnululu National Park stretches across a total of 239,723 ha and is located in Western Australia, like Shark Bay above. The rock formations are made of Devonian-age quartz sandstone, which have been eroding over the past 20 million years.

                              15. Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

                              Greater Blue Mountains Area

                                This area in New South Wales is called great for a reason, it consist of 1.03 million ha of sandstone plateau! The area is known for the ecological diversity of the eucalypts associated with its many different habitats. This is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet.

                                16. Macquarie Island, Tasmania

                                Macquarie Island

                                  Macquarie Island is in the Southern Ocean and is the exposed crest of the undersea Macquarie Ridge. The formation comes from the Indo-Australian tectonic plate being pressed against the Pacific plate.

                                  17. Gondwana Rainforests, Australia

                                  Gondwana Rainforests

                                    This rainforest is next to large shield volcanic craters and has a high number of rare and endangered species. This forest is very important for scientific research and has many different protected areas.

                                    18. Ningaloo Coast, Australia

                                    Ningaloo Coast

                                      In total this coast stretches over 600,000 ha, along a remote part of the western edge of Australia. It is one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world and has a network of underground caves and water courses.

                                      19. Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

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                                      Belize Barrier Reef

                                        Home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, Belize has mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, estuaries and more. There are seven sites attached to this reef and it’s a significant habitat for threatened species.

                                        20. Nahanni National Park, Canada

                                        Nahanni National Park

                                          Nahanni is located along the South Nahanni River in the Canadian Northwest Territories. The park is home to deep canyons, massive waterfalls, and unique limestone caves. You can find many different animals here such as wolves, caribou, and grizzly bears.

                                          21. The Great Wall, China

                                          The Great Wall

                                            The most well-known place on this list, it was built in 220 B.C. under Qin Shi Huang and used as a defense system against invasions. Construction on the wall didn’t stop until the Ming Dynasty took over in the mid-fourteenth century.

                                            22. Mount Huangshan, China

                                            Mount Huangshan

                                              Represented as the ‘loveliest mountain of China,’ it has been the feature of many artistic works and literature. The sea of clouds and granite rocks create an amazing view that not many other places in the world can beat.

                                              23. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

                                              Virunga National Park

                                                The park is home to a massive diversity of habitats that cover swamps, steppes, lava plains, savannahs, and the Rwenzori mountains, which reach as high as 5,000 meters. You can also find mountain gorillas, nearly 20,000 hippopotamuses, and many different species of birds.

                                                24. Banks of the Seine, Paris

                                                Banks of the Seine

                                                  Paris is home to many outstanding achievements, filling it with beauty, and the Seine is one of them. The Seine has many different bridges that span its gap and it runs past the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle.

                                                  25. Upper Svaneti, Georgia

                                                  Upper Svaneti

                                                    Filled with medieval-type villages and surrounded by mountains, the village of Chazhashi has over 200 unusual houses, which were not only used to live in but as defense positions against many of the invaders who surrounded the region as well.

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                                                    26. Wadden Sea, Denmark/Germany

                                                    Wadden Sea

                                                      The Wadden Sea is the world’s largest unbroken system of inter-tidal sand and mud flats. It was originally added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009 and was later extended to cover the section of it in Denmark.

                                                      27. Mount Athos, Greece

                                                      Mount Athos

                                                        The history of Mount Athos is very rich and unique. It has been used as an Orthodox spiritual center since 1054 and is an autonomous statute. It is known as the ‘Holy Mountain’ and has been forbidden to women and children.

                                                        28. Tikal National Park, Guatemala

                                                        Tikal National Park

                                                          A major site of Mayan civilization, Tikal is surrounded by vegetation in the center of the jungle. It was inhabited from the sixth century B.C. until the tenth century A.D. There are multiple temples and palaces in the ruins.

                                                          29. Masada, Israel

                                                          Masada

                                                            Masada is located in the Judaean Desert and looks over the Dead Sea. Many view it as the symbol for the ancient kingdom of Israel. It came to a violent end in 73 A.D., destroyed by the Roman army as the Jewish patriots fought their last battle.

                                                            30. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

                                                            Durmitor National Park

                                                              Originally formed by glaciers, followed by rivers and underground streams, the Durmitor National Park is home to the Tara River Canyon. The canyon has the deepest gorges in Europe and a dense pine forest throughout.

                                                              So, which was was your favorite?

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                                                              25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                                                              25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                                                              If you are using Windows regularly, using these Windows keyboard shortcuts will definitely increase your productivity. Compiled below is an exclusive list of shortcuts that will help you breeze through your daily work.

                                                              You might know some of them, but there are certainly some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have heard of before. Once you start using them, you will notice how easy navigating and operating on Windows has become.

                                                              Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                                                              These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.

                                                              1. Ctrl+Z : Undo

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                                                                Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.

                                                                Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.

                                                                2. Ctrl + A : Select All

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                                                                  Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.

                                                                  Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.

                                                                  3. Ctrl + C : Copy

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                                                                    You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.

                                                                    This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.

                                                                    4. Ctrl + V : Paste

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                                                                      Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.

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                                                                      If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.

                                                                      5. Ctrl + X : Cut

                                                                      shortcut

                                                                        Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?

                                                                        Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.

                                                                        6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs

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                                                                          This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.

                                                                          Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!

                                                                          7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager

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                                                                            What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.

                                                                            You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.

                                                                            8. Alt + F4 : Close App

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                                                                              This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.

                                                                              However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.

                                                                              9. Ctrl + F : Find

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                                                                                You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.

                                                                                10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace

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                                                                                  You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.

                                                                                  Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.

                                                                                  11. Ctrl + E : Select the Search Box

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                                                                                    Whether you are in your file explorer or browser, pressing Ctrl+E will select your search/navigation bar, and you can directly start typing into it. This will make your life easier when you need quick search.

                                                                                    12. Ctrl + N : Open a New Window

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                                                                                      Pressing Ctrl+N together will open up a new file or a window depending on if you are working in your browser or offline. This Windows keyboard shortcut works well with most offline applications and online browsers made for Windows.

                                                                                      13. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel : Zoom In/Out

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                                                                                        Text too small? Want to see the details more clearly? Viewing an infographic that requires zooming in? This shortcut provides exactly that.

                                                                                        If you are in a document, this command will make your files and folders appear larger, and if you are on your browser, it will simply zoom in on the page. Talk about attention to detail!

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                                                                                        14. Win + L: Lock Screen

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                                                                                          Stepping away, but don’t want to shut down or put your system to sleep? Win + L is a great shortcut. It helps you lock down your screen, and unless you re-enter your password nobody can open it (assuming you have a password set for your system).

                                                                                          15. Win + D : Show Desktop

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                                                                                            This is actually a quick minimize option. No matter how many tabs/windows are open, this shortcut quickly minimizes all of them and shows you the desktop, allowing you to access files or an application in a couple of clicks.

                                                                                            16. Win + Tab (+ Shift) : Toggle Task View

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                                                                                              This shortcut is very similar to what Alt + Tab does, but it is a more advanced level Windows app navigator. When you press it, you will see tiles of all the open programs and most used programs.

                                                                                              You can scroll or jump between them by additionally pressing the shift key with the Win + Tab command.

                                                                                              17. Win + C : Opens Cortana

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                                                                                                Are you a fan of voice control or like using Cortana to get things done quickly? You can summon her by using the Win + C shortcut. She’ll then be available to grant your every request.

                                                                                                18. Win + Prt Sc : Save Screenshot

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                                                                                                  While Prt Sc allows you to take a screenshot, pressing the Windows button at the same time allows you to automatically save the screenshot. There is a folder named “screenshot” in your pictures destination, where PNG files of the screenshot will get saved. No need to add another screenshot tool!

                                                                                                  19. Win + I : Open Settings

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                                                                                                    Need to quickly open the settings tab? Now, you don’t need to browse through 3-4 destinations to reach the settings tab. Just hit Win + I to open up the settings menu for Windows.

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                                                                                                    20. Win + S : Search for Windows

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                                                                                                      You will always have that file or application that you can’t find on your PC. For this, Windows introduced the search bar.

                                                                                                      You can easily open it by pressing Win + S and typing in the file name you want to look up. Additionally, since Cortana is integrated with the search function, you can use it to ask additional questions as well.

                                                                                                      21. Fn + F2 : Rename

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                                                                                                        Depending on the hardware manufacturer, F2 keys perform various tasks, like volume up/down or turn Wifi off/on. However, using the Fn + F2, you can quickly use the Rename file option when a file/folder is selected. Say goodbye to the right click.

                                                                                                        22. Fn + F5 : Refresh

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                                                                                                          Your PC stuck is stuck and the processor can’t keep up. Refresh is a good method to get things moving. Pressing Fn + F5 can refresh Windows, or if you are working on your browser, it can refresh that, too.

                                                                                                          23. Win + X : Hidden Menu

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                                                                                                            24. Win + V : Navigate Through Notifications

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                                                                                                              If you have configured notifications and alerts on your systems, this shortcut will help you easily toggle through all of them. It’s extremely useful for people who are especially popular or busy.

                                                                                                              25. Win + Ctrl + B : Open App That Displayed a Notification

                                                                                                                You’re working, and a notification pops up that needs your attention. Use Win + Ctrl + B, and the explorer will switch to the application that sent you the notification. Swift.

                                                                                                                The Bottom Line

                                                                                                                You might be excited to start using all of these Windows keyboard shortcuts right away. While I advise you to try them all out, it entirely depends on how you engage with your system and what work you do. Any number of them can be generally useful. Start experimenting today.

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