They are the remains of a petrified forest and the remains of fossilized wood. What is now a desert area, was at one time, a lush ecosystem.
The fossil wood comes to our time, after a process of thousands of years underground, buried organic material in sediments, and filtered by mineral-rich water that is decomposed. This is due to the absence of oxygen that is converted in a material as hard as quartz itself.
This phenomenon is repeated in many parts of the world, and a very good example is the Petrified Forest National Park in the state of Arizona .
The fossil remains belong to a species of extinct conifer (Araucariozylon arizonicum) that reaches up to 60 meters high. Its remains will be the only evidence on how rich this land was.
A major tourist attraction in Guilin, in the region of Guangxi, is the Reed Flute Cave. The Reed Flute Cave is another limestone formation that could well enter the list of natural wonders in karst landscapes.
The multicolored lighting accentuates the contrasts, the reliefs and the designs in the site. The formations of stalagmites, stalactites and rocks are also a wonderful landscape, which was an attraction of the region for centuries. However, it fell into oblivion, and was only rediscovered in 1940.
Today, the Reed Flute Cave is visited by thousands of tourists.
Bamiyan is not only a city in Afghanistan, but also the name of a valley famous for the giant Buddhas who survived two thousand years carved into the mountain. However, it sadly did not survive the destruction of the Taliban Islamist government in the Aon 2001.
Nonetheless, the landscapes and mountains of the valley, are still an exotic landscape, almost “from another planet”.
Water covers the cavity of a volcanic caldera formed after the massive eruption 6,850 years ago. This is simply known as the Crater Lake, situated in the Crater Lake National Park in the state Oregon, United States. Although famous for the beauty of its surroundings and its deep blue water and clear, the minimal chances of an eruption make it a paradise that is asleep.
The lake has a diameter of about 9 km, and its deepest point reaches 594 meters. It is indeed the deepest lake in the United States and the ninth deepest in the world. The crater rises to 2,440 meters high. In addition to imposing its geography, its waters are among the cleanest in the whole continent, a feature visible by transparency. On some measurements, a very high level of 43.3 meters of water is detected.
There is a region of China that once captured the attention of the United States from space with circular constructions that are repeated by thousands of kilometers. An area where the lifestyle of its inhabitants reached a degree of harmony with the environment for centuries sustained in an organization in extended families where there were distinctions of hierarchy.
Yongding is a county in Fujian province that resembles a “lost world” by the mere fact of keeping with little change a culture, traditions and constructive ways that is still a surprise to any foreign visitor. Yongding is an area inhabited by an ethnic race as Hakka, which among other skills, built circular or square residential buildings.
Interestingly, the circular shapes scattered in the region of Yongding County puzzled the United States in the first incursions of espionage through satellite images during the Cold War.
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