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Stunning Satellite Photos Of 30 Natural Wonders Of The World. I’m Especially In Awe Of #16

Stunning Satellite Photos Of 30 Natural Wonders Of The World. I’m Especially In Awe Of #16

From the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, this list has some of the most amazing natural wonders on planet Earth. The views provide a unique perspective of the areas that we all love, but rarely get to see from above, and the results are amazing!

1. Lake Carnegie – Australia
Carnegie, Australia

    Lake Carnegie is located in Western Australia and is 62 miles in length and 19 miles at its widest part. The only time it fills with water is during rare periods of heavy rainfall.

    2. Grand Canyon National Park – USA
    Grand Canyon

      The steep sided canyon is next to the Colorado River and is 277 miles long and its widest area is 18 miles across. The most amazing factor is that its depth reaches deeper than a mile!

      3. Tinakula – Solomon Islands
      IDL TIFF file

        Tinakula is a stratovolcano that formed its own island. Its elevation is nearly 2,800 feet and it’s 2.2 miles wide. The island is currently uninhabited, since the last population during the 1840’s, experienced an eruption.

        4. Mount Nimba – Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire
        Mount Nimba

          The mountain is located on the border of Guinea, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. You can see the thick forest that covers the slopes of the mountain and at the foot there are grassy pastures.

          5. Wadi Rum – Jordan
          Wadi Rum

            Commonly known as “The Valley of the Moon,” Wadi Rum is a valley that has been carved into sandstone and granite rock. The area was settled in 8,000 BC and covers an area of 280 square miles.

            6. Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe
            Victoria Falls

              Victoria Falls is a massive waterfall at 355 feet with one only drop. The water flows from the Zambezi River. This is the worlds largest waterfall because it has one unbroken sheet of falling water with a width of 5,604 feet.

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              7. Petermann Glacier – Greenland
              Petermann Glacier

                This glacier connects the Greenland ice sheet to the Arctic Ocean and is 43 miles long and 9.3 miles wide! Sadly, recent estimates suggest that it has lost 80% of its mass, which has become basal melt water.

                 

                8. Great Barrier Reef – Australia
                Great Barrier Reef

                  The world’s largest coral reef system has over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands coming to a total of 1,400 miles. This is the biggest structure ever created by living organisms.

                  9. The Himalayas – China, Nepal
                  The Himalayas

                    Towering at 29,029 feet, the Himalayan range has the world’s highest peaks, its highest being Mount Everest. The mountain range extends a staggering 1,500 miles and has over one hundred mountains.

                    10. Von Karman Vortices
                    Von Karman Vortices

                      This natural phenomenon pictured above, is caused by repeating patterns of swirling vortices, due to the flowing of fluids around objects. It’s common around mountain ranges and can only be witnessed from above.

                      11. Yosemite National Park – USA
                      Yosemite National Park

                        The United States park spans nearly 748,000 acres in the central eastern portion of the state of California. Yosemite reaches across the Sierra Nevada mountain chain and has 3.7 million visitors every year.

                        12. Petra – Jordan
                        Ikonos Petra, Jordan

                          A history rich city, filled with many archaeological endeavors, has natural beauty as well. The area is elevated at 2,657 feet and is believed to be first built on in the fifth century BCE.

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                          13. Deriba Caldera Crater – Sudan
                          Deriba Caldera Crater, Sudan

                            The Deriba Crater is located in Darfur, which is the western part of Sudan. It is nearly 10,000 feet at its highest point and between 5 km and 8 km in diameter across the outer crater. The depression was caused by rock and soil collapsing into a magma chamber.

                            14. Crater Lake – Oregon
                            Crater Lake, Oregon

                              The caldera lake is located in the western United States and is famous for its water clarity and rich blue color. There are two islands in the lake which are called “Wizard Islands” and “Phantom Ship.”

                              15. Coahuila – Mexico
                              Coahuila

                                The beautifully shaped and barren area is part of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range. It borders the Coahuila and Nuevo Leon provinces of Mexico.

                                16. Napa Valley – USA
                                Napa Valley

                                  While the wine may be exquisite, so is the landscape! The valley is next to the Mayacamas Mountain Range on the western and northern sides and is next to the Vaca Mountain on the east.

                                  17. Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania
                                  Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania

                                    The site is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a large volcanic caldera. The area is around 3,200 square miles and has been a home to various species for the past 3 million years.

                                    18. Maldives – Republic of the Maldives
                                    Maldives

                                      Located in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, there are 26 atolls that make up two different chains of islands.The Maldivians gained their independence from the United Kingdom in 1965.

                                      19. Bogda Mountains – China
                                      Bogda Mountains

                                        The highest mountain of the Bogda Shan mountain range, it reaches 17,864 feet at its highest point. The sides slope between 70 and 80 degrees making it a very difficult mountain to climb.

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                                        20. Gosses Bluff – Australia
                                        Gosses Bluff

                                          The Gosses Bluff Crater is the result of an impact crater, but much of the original impact has eroded away over time. The crater is thought to be formed around the Jurassic – Cretaceous periods.

                                          21. Desolation Canyon USA
                                          Desolation Canyon

                                            Located in the the state of Utah, it is a remote canyon on the Green River. The canyon goes as far down as 5,000 feet at its deepest point and was declared a national historic landmark in 1968.

                                            22. Parana River Delta – Argentina
                                            Parana River Delta

                                              The Parana Delta is 200 miles in length is is divided into three parts which are the Upper Delta, the Middle Delta, and the Lower Delta. it’s width varies between 11 miles and 37 miles.

                                              23. Galešnjak

                                              Island of Love

                                                More commonly known as the “Island of Love,” it is one of the few naturally occuring heart-shapes objects on earth. It is located in the Adriatic, between the islands of Pasman and the town of Turanj.

                                                24. Konari – Iran
                                                Konari Iran

                                                  The small town of Konari is a part of the Zagros Mountains, located in western Iran. The town also has the Mand River running around it.

                                                  25. Namib Desert – Southern Africa
                                                  Sand dunes, Namib Desert, Namibia

                                                    Namib is a coastal desert in sourthern Africa. It is more than 1,200 miles long and 124 miles wide. It is home to the Brandberg Mountain which is 8,550 feet tall.

                                                    26. Lonar Crater Lake – India
                                                    IDL TIFF file

                                                      The giant crater lake was created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch. The average depth of the lake is around 450 feet and has a diameter of 5,900 feet!

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                                                      27. Serra Da Cangalha Crater – Brazil
                                                      Serra Da Cangalha Crater

                                                        Another impact crater, this one is in the state of Tocantins in northeastern Brazil. This is the second largest known crater in Brazil and is estimated to be around 220 million years old.

                                                        28. Nazca Desert – Peru
                                                        Nazca Lines

                                                          Located in southern Peru, the Nazca Desert is most known for ancient geoglyphs that were created between 400 and 650 AD on a plateau that stretches more than 50 miles in length.

                                                          29. Fiji Islands – Fiji
                                                          Fiji Islands

                                                            The islands are located in the South Pacific Ocean and are in an area of over 7,000 square miles. There are more than 330 islands and the majority of them were formed from volcanic activity, beginning around 150 million years ago.

                                                            30. Kilimanjaro – Tanzania
                                                            Mount Kilimanjaro

                                                              Mount Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones and is now a dormant mountain in Tanzania. Its highest peak reaches 19,341 feet and it is the highest mountain in Africa. It’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

                                                              Featured photo credit: B Rosen via flickr.com

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                                                              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                                              8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                                                              Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                                                              1. Zoho Notebook
                                                                If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
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                                                                The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
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                                                                If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
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                                                                If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
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