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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
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        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
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                                                      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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                                                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                                              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                                              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                                              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                                              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                                              Joe’s Goals

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                                                                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                                                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                                                Daytum

                                                                  Daytum

                                                                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                                                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                                                  Excel or Numbers

                                                                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                                                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                                                    Evernote

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                                                                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                                                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                                                      Access or Bento

                                                                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                                                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                                                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                                                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                                                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                                                        Conclusion

                                                                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                                                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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