Wednesday, 29 June 2011

10 Most Stunning Beaches in the World

You gotta check out this list of most stunning beaches in the world, you might change your vacation plans after having a look at them. Some  of the most  breath taking islands and beaches  known to human till today. I’m sure after having a look at them, you would never want to miss any one of  ’em. You may plan your trip for these locations and have wonderful vacations with your love ones.

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island, the largest island in the Whitsunday group. The beach is almost 6 km long and consists of a very fine white sand that is 98% pure silica. The sand is in fact so pure that is has been used in the construction of the lens for the Hubble telescope. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a beautiful cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a beautiful fusion of colors.

Tapuaetai

Tapuaetai

Tapuaetai (One Foot Island) is a small islet in the Aitutaki atoll of the Cook Islands. It offers the visitor some great views of the Aitutaki lagoon and depending on the tide one is able to walk on a sandbank a decent distance away from Tapuaetai. The beach was awarded “Australasia’s Leading Beach” at the World Travel Awards held in Sydney in June 2008.

The Baths

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The Baths are situated at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda, the third largest island of the British Virgin Islands. Huge granite boulders lie in piles on the beach, forming spectacular tunnels and grottoes that are open to the sea and flood at high tide. The sandy beaches are lined with tropical palms, adding to the dramatic effect.

Navagio Beach

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Navagio Beach is an isolated sandy cove on Zakynthos island only accessible by boat. It is one of the trademark beaches in Greece, frequently featured on postcards. Navagio Beach is home to the wreck of an alleged smuggler and features sheer limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches, and clear blue water. No wonder this stunning beach attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Zlatni Rat

Zlatni rat beach

Zlatni Rat (Golden Cape) is among Europe’s most famous beaches and one of the top tourist attractions in Croatia. Situated near the city of Bol on the southern coast of the island of Brac, Zlatni Rat is a narrow white pebble beach. The amazing shape of the beach shifts with the changes in tide, currents and wind. In 2009, it was named as one of the top ten best beaches in the world by Lonely Planet.

Olüdeniz

Olüdeniz

Ölüdeniz is a small village located on the south west coast of Turkey on the Aegean Sea. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon. This beach is famous for its shades of turquoise and remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. Ölüdeniz is also regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views.

Maya Bay

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Maya Bay is a shallow bay surrounded by a ring of steep limestone hills on Koh Phi Phi Leh, the second largest island of the Phi Phi Islands. The bay has superb marine life and is a favorite spot for divers. Maya Bay became world famous after the 2000 movie The Beach was filmed there and today many tourists come to Koh Phi Phi just to see this beach.

Trunk Bay

Trunk Bay

Maya Bay is a shallow bay surrounded by a ring of steep limestone hills on Koh Phi Phi Leh, the second largest island of the Phi Phi Islands. The bay has superb marine life and is a favorite spot for divers. Maya Bay became world famous after the 2000 movie The Beach was filmed there and today many tourists come to Koh Phi Phi just to see this beach.

Tulum

Tulum

Tulum is situated on the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. It once served as the major port of the Mayan city of Coba. Tulum was built around 1200 AD when the Mayan civilization was already in decline and therefore lacks the elegance of some other famous sites. The tropical beach backdrop however makes this one of the top tourist attractions in Mexico that is a heaven for the photographer or artist.

Anse Source D'Argent

Anse Source D'Argent

Anse Source D’Argent is located on La Digue, one of the smaller islands of the Seychelles. It is one of the most photographed beaches in the world and featured in countless travel magazines. One of the world’s top beaches, Anse Source D’Argent contains a winning combination of large granite boulders studding the coastline, coupled with pink sand beaches and coconut palms.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Incredible: Largest Stalagmites and Stalactites on Earth

Stalactites and stalagmites in Gruta da Lapinha, near Belo Horizonte, MG Brazil

Stalactites and stalagmites in Gruta in Lapinha

Unless you are unfortunate enough to suffer from claustrophobia, you will be severely tempted by the idea of exploring cave systems, especially big ones, because they can contain some of the most spectacular rock formations you could ever wish to see. Stalactites and stalagmites are two types of such formations typically found in caves. Stalactites hang from the ceiling, much like icicles. Stalagmites, on the other hand, grow from the floor.

The Sword of Damocles, Ingleborough, UK, the largest stalactite in Britain

The Sword of Damocles, Ingleborough, UK

Stalactites and stalagmites are formed when minerals precipitate out of dripping water. The time frame for the formation of stalactites and stalagmites is a subject of dispute. Some believe they both take tens of thousands to millions of years to form. According to the creationist model, however, they are able to form much more quickly, and often do.

Hall of Giants, Carlsbad Caves, New Mexico

Hall of Giants, Carlsbad Caves, New Mexico

In Sequoia Caverns, stalactites protected from tourists from 1977-1987 grew 10 inches, or 1 inch per year. At this rate they could have grown 300 ft in just 3600 years.

Large Formation at the "Hall of Giants", 1942

Large Formation at the Hall of Giants, 1942

Many caves do have slow stalactite and stalagmite growth rates today. However there is evidence which suggests that caves were formed rapidly by sulfuric acid dissolution rather than weaker and slower carbonic acid. This process would not only have sped up cave formation but also the growth rates of stalactites and stalagmites.

The Crystal King, the largest Stalactite in the Ohio Caverns, a show cave located 30 miles from Dayton, Ohio near West Liberty, in the United States.

The Crystal King, the largest Stalactite in the Ohio Caverns

The hydrogen sulfide could come from several sources, including anaerobic decomposition of organic matter, oxidation of sulfide deposits, volcanic activity and others. There are disputes galore about how long these incredible formations take to form, but in some instances it hardly seems to matter because they are so stunning to look at.

The Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA

The Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA

Located five kilometers northwest of the downtown of Guilin, China, the Reed Flute Cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition.

Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Walking through the serried stone pillars, tourists feast their eyes on changing spots, feeling they are in a paradise where the gods live.

The Reed Flute Cave, Gulin, China

The Reed Flute Cave, Gulin, China

There are so many wondrous cave systems in the world, with staggering examples of untold thousands of years of history hanging from the roof or standing on the floor. Even so, you are always certain of surprises, for no two formations will ever be the same, and the colours can be entirely dependent on what minerals are seeping from the surrounding rock.

The Hindangan cave, in the Phillipines

The Hindangan cave, in the Phillipines

There is a world of wonder to be explored, and you need never be bored. Take an interest in finding some caves near you. You will never regret it.

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Friday, 24 June 2011

A Zoo Where You Can Pet The Animals

Ever wanted to ride a lion, hug a bear, or maybe race a cheetah?  A controversial zoo in Argentina allows tourists the opportunity to experience such extreme close encounters with some of the most dangerous predators in the world.

A Zoo Where You Can Pet The Animals

Here at the Lujan Zoo near Buenos Aires visitors are pleasantly advised that they can indeed ride lions, cuddle bears, stroke tigers and feed cheetahs.

A Zoo Where You Can Pet The Animals 01

Cages are readily accessible to everyone, and we mean anyone, who paid the $50 fee and signed the paper relieving the zoo of any responsibility should you be eaten alive, or even just lose a digit or two. Lujan Zoo is about 50 miles from nearby metropolis Buenos Aires, and has an admission cost of just £5.

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Visitors are even urged to pick up the smaller animals and play with them how ever they see fit, at a strong risk to themselves and the creatures.

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And judging by what we’ve seen and heard, there appear to be no real safety regulations to protect either the humans or animals.  On one perusal, we found several Internet blogs littered with pictures of tourists getting up close and personal with the animals.

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Most shockingly perhaps, is the fact that children are allowed to enter all of the cages and fondle a range of animals that have the obvious potential to k*ll or maim them.

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Animal protection charity, The Born Free Foundation, has spoken out against the zoo and posted strong statements urging tourists not to visit.  Will Travers, CEO of The Born Free Foundation states ominously, ‘Based on what I have seen displayed on the Lujan Zoo website, I am fearful that a terrible accident is going to happen.

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He then added,”The zoo is, in my view, placing the lives of its visitors at great risk by encouraging them to have ‘close encounters’ with dangerous, potentially lethal, wild animals.

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Anyone who has any knowledge of big cats will understand that they are wild animals and, as such, as unpredictable.’

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As much as I disagree with the practices of this establishment, I must say that mounting a picture of me riding a lion in my bedroom would be awesome.  There’s still time…

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Bizarre Trees That Eat Everything In Front Of You

Beware of the terrifying trees whose bite is worse than their bark

HungryTrees 01 You would expect trees to be all bark and no bite but these images show that many have a huge appetite for chewing on everyday objects.

Whether it be motorbikes, cycles, cars, warning signs, fences or even a gravestone, this forest of photos show that they will consume anything in their path.

Although the majority were taken in America, there are several taken at spots elsewhere in the world, including a hungry British tree devouring a central London red post box that was placed too close to its trunk.

American tree has eaten this bike over the course of several decades Starving: An American tree has eaten this bike over the course of several decades

British plane tree is slowly eating a post box in West KensingtonYummy: A British plane tree is slowly eating a post box in West Kensington, London

Many of these incredible pictures show how powerful trees simply grow around objects left in their path, no matter how large or small.

Slowly but surely this tree is growing around this safety barrier Road k*ll: Slowly but surely this tree is growing around this safety barrier

As signs have been attached to this tree they have slowly but surely been absorbed into its trunkTwisted metal: As signs have been attached to this tree they have slowly but surely been absorbed into its trunk

These trees have grabbed by the handlebars and bumper as they have grown around this motorbike and car 02
These trees have grabbed by the handlebars and bumper as they have grown around this motorbike and car 01

These trees have grabbed by the handlebars and bumper as they have grown around this motorbike and car

The images have become an internet sensation with many logging on to hungrytrees.com to look at them or add their own photos of famished ferns, starving spruces or ravenous rosewoods.

Incredibly, to get to this stage, the trees have usually been slowly eating these items over the course of 30 years.

This 18th century headstone has become part of the trunk of this ravenous treeGravely hungry: This 18th century headstone has become part of the trunk of this ravenous tree

These powerful trees have managed to swallow a pipe and a fence These powerful trees have managed to swallow a pipe and a fence 01

Big dinner: These powerful trees have managed to swallow a pipe and a fence

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A tree growing around a bicycle and care frame along the Little Beaver Creek Greenway Trail near Lisbon, Ohio.

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Wood who love to eat fence.

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Sunday, 19 June 2011

World-Famous Animals in Captivity

Just about every major city around the world has a zoo full of fun, fascinating animals. But once in a while, one of these creatures captures the hearts of people everywhere, whether by staging a dramatic escape or accurately predicting the outcomes of much-anticipated sporting events. Check out seven of the best-known animals in captivity in the world.

Knut

Knut

In December 2006, Knut the polar bear was born at the Berlin Zoo under life-threatening circumstances—his mother abandoned him, which often means a baby animal's unlikely survival. Raised and bottle-fed by zookeeper Thomas Dorflein, Knut was already being closely watched by the world, but when animal rights activists condemned his captivity, his popularity soared. Knut received much attention and care throughout his life; to help him develop social skills, zookeepers even brought in other polar bears for him to interact with. Sadly, in early 2011 Knut unexpectedly passed away after suffering convulsions and falling into a pool in front of hundreds of zoo visitors. Knut’s cause of death was linked to brain damage.

Mia

Mia

During spring 2011, everyone from local New York radio stations to The New York Times was abuzz over a venomous Egyptian cobra that went missing from the Bronx Zoo. During the weekend of March 25, the snake escaped its confined zoo quarters; it was finally discovered after several days, taking cover in the zoo’s reptile house. But for those few days that the snake—later named Mia for “Missing in Action”—was on the loose, he became a local celebrity, with everyone trying to guess where he was. One devotee even created and updated a faux Twitter account on behalf of the reptile, which garnered more than 200,000 followers!

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil is no stranger to the news, considering he’s been in the spotlight every year on February 2 (Groundhog Day) since 1887 to predict the upcoming spring weather. According to the officials of Punxsatawney, there has only been one Phil, and he’s lived so long because of a special elixir (wink, wink), but groundhogs' average lifespan is eight to nine years in captivity. When he’s not looking for his shadow, Phil lives in the Groundhog Zoo of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, located about 80 miles from Pittsburgh. Tourists can visit Phil at any time of day.

Dolly

Dolly

In July 1996, Dolly the sheep (named after Dolly Parton) became the first mammal in history to be successfully cloned from an adult cell. Scientists had long experimented with cloning to improve their understanding of things like development, genetics and medicine for farm animals. Dolly was created at Scotland’s Roslin Institute after a whopping 277 attempts by “reprogramming the udder cells to keep them alive and growing,” according to AnimalReseach.info. Dolly lived a pretty normal but glamorous life at The Roslin Institute. But in February 2003 she was diagnosed with progressive lung disease at the age of six and had to be euthanized.

Harriet

Harriet

This beloved tortoise lived until the ripe old age of 176, making her one of the oldest known creatures in the world.
Harriet was said to have been five years old in 1835, when she was taken from the Galapagos Islands by naturalist Charles Darwin. While there is no evidence proving these claims, Harriet was still a beloved tourist attraction as a resident of the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia (owned by The Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin) for the last 17 years of her life. In 2006, she suffered a heart attack and died, leaving her long and inspiring legacy behind.

Paul

Paul

Paul, the game-predicting octopus, correctly guessed the results of eight World Cup matches in 2010. Paul lived in the Sea Life Center of Oberhausen, Germany. Before each game, his caregivers presented him with two underwater boxes. Each box contained a different flag, representing one of the teams playing in the upcoming match. Every time, the box Paul swam to indicated the winner. In October 2010, the psychic octopus passed away peacefully in his tank. He lived to the age of 2 1/2 years, a typical lifespan for an octopus.

Koko

The fun-loving gorilla Koko, born in July 1971 at the San Francisco Zoo, is involved with The Gorilla Language Project, also known as “Project Koko.” Koko understands 1,000 words of American Sign Language and also understands 2,000 words of spoken English. According to Koko.org, Koko “has advanced further with language than any other nonhuman.” Koko first became famous because of her language skills, but was propelled to stardom when she started caring for pet cats, the first of which she called All Ball, who was featured in the 1985 book Koko's Kitten.

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Watch: Lioness Tries to Eat Adorable Baby at a Zoo

Oddly enough, the baby's parents seem completely comfortable with it.

One-year-old Trent was visiting the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his parents when he caught the attention of a very curious — and hungry – lioness named Angie. The resulting video, which you can enjoy above, has gone viral, with almost 1 million views on YouTube.

Cute little Trent, with his sweet hooded sweater, was simply gleeful over the lioness's failed attempts at an attack. The 400-pound feline jumps at the baby as it sits and claps its tiny hands in happiness. At one point, the lioness opens up her ginormous mouth, exposing those deadly chompers, and you can't help but be thankful for the thick glass — Trent's head could literally fit in Angie's mouth.

Apparently, this isn't the first time that a big cat has tried to strike at a child from within a zoo enclosure. Other videos (such as the ones below) remind us that even though these felines are behind glass, they still have the same killer instincts as they do in the wild. Only the "targets" in these videos aren't always as cool and collected as our boy Trent.

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Back off - this is my dinner! Praying mantis tucks into a lizard twice its size

This praying mantis might only be a few inches long, but it showed it has a monster appetite after taking on a lizard twice its size.

And clearly the reptile didn't have a prayer of surviving once it was in the clutches of the lethal insect.

The exclusively predatory mantis ambushes prey that stray too near and normally survives on a diet of other insects. However, they have been known to strike out at creatures much larger than itself, including birds and rodents.

Praying mantis tucks into a lizard twice its sizeHealthy appetite: A praying mantis begins tucking into a lizard it has just ambushed

Once it has its hapless victim in its spiked grasp, the mantis usually bites off the head of its prey before devouring it. 

The stunning images are the work of Dutch photographer Jim Hoffman, who focuses on wildlife subjects.

The Spain-based professional artist travels extensively around the world to capture the minute world of insects, which he claims is a fascinating topic too often marginalised.

'My inspiration is nature, especially smaller animals like insects and amphibians,' Mr Hoffman told the Daily Telegraph.

unaware that it is treading on the nose of of a hungry frogBlind spot: An mayfly takes a stroll, perhaps unaware that it is treading on the nose of of a hungry frog

This little amphibian appear to be flexing his muscles for the cameraCheck out my frog's brawn: This little amphibian appear to be flexing his muscles for the camera

'I like to show off the beauty of the little creatures in the world because it's a hidden world for most people.

'It takes me a long time to get the picture perfect. Most of the time it will take a lot of shots and perseverance, patience and also a slice of luck.'

Mr Hoffman's latest work also features images of frogs and grasshoppers striking unusual poses.

A grasshopper appears to scratch its head while deep in thoughtConcentration: A grasshopper appears to scratch its head while deep in thought

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Elephants Invade Indian Town, Chaos Ensues

Wild elephants apparently went on a de*dly rampage in southern India, k*lling a man, damaging property, and injuring others.

The pachyderms "attacked" the city of Mysore in India's Karnataka state, but were eventually tranquillized according to the AP. Hundreds are apparently k*lled every year in India when these animals wander into urban areas.

Footage of the elephant goring a man was broadcast on New Delhi Television, according to the AP. There are photos of the incident in the slideshow below.

The two elephants were eventually tranquilized and chained to other elephants in order to keep them from freeing themselves and continuing their rampage.

India Elephant Rampage

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A wild elephant attacks a vehicle on a street in Mysore, in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, Wednesday, June 8, 2011. News reports say two wild elephants have gone on a rampage and government officials are trying to tranquilize the animals. Every year hundreds of people across India d*e when wild animals wander into cities as their natural habitats shrink and they have to range farther for food.

Elephants Invade Indian Town, Chaos Ensues

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