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6 August 2016

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 - In 1991, Ho Khanh, a local farmer was out gathering wood in the dense jungle of Vietnam’s Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, when he stumbled upon an enormous cave entrance. The roar of a rushing stream and the whistling sound of wind in the cave can be heard through the entrance located in a limestone cliff.

According to Khanh, it “felt like something from the underworld.” He soon forgot the cave’s location until he met British spelunkers exploring the area, some 20 years later. He began looking for the cave entrance again, which he found in 2008. The following year, he led an international team of scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, in exploring what is now known as Son Doong Cave, the largest cave in the world.

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26 September 2013

Image credit: Photographer Unknown (via KULfoto.com), via http://twistedsifter.com/. - The world’s oceans have always been special to me, and bodies of water in general. The air smells different, the wind blows cool, and you’re reminded of the power of the salty seas every time you step in. It’s one of the reasons that the old sea shanties have always fascinated me.

But there’s one ocean sight I had never seen before until earlier this week: an underwater waterfall!

Yes, off the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, for all of its beauty, has what appears to be one of the most unexpected feasts for human eyes. It’s especially prominent from the air.

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17 August 2013

- Snail-shaped grass mounds, twisting DNA helix sculptures and undulating waves of rhododendrons make up The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, a thirty-acre garden designed by architecture theorist Charles Jencks and his late wife, Maggie Keswick.

Located at their private residence, Portrack House, near Dumfries, Scotland, the garden's design is guided by the fundamentals of modern physics and, according to Jencks, brings out the basic elements that underlie the cosmos. From 1989 until Keswick's death in 1995, Jencks and his wife, an expert on Chinese gardens, met with horticulturists and scientists in order to design a landscape that would bridge the worlds of art, nature and science.

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3 May 2013

 - Hidden deep in an Australian rainforest, the moving work of William Ricketts expresses the Aborigines’ profound connection with nature and the destruction that was wrought upon them.

Born in 1898, William Ricketts was an Australian sculptor and potter who developed a deep spiritual bond with the Aboriginal people of Central Australia. The time he spent with them between 1949 and 1960 inspired his work in the sanctuary.

Ricketts was appalled and saddened by the genocide of the Aboriginal people, with whom he felt a great kinship. The 92 intricate ceramic sculptures placed along the pathways appear to merge with the surrounding plant-life, providing a safe refuge for their departed spirits.

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26 July 2012

 - A team of explorers is claiming to have found the legendary golden library and other mysterious treasures in the Tayos Cave system in Ecuador.

The team announced that they accidentally found some hidden tunnels that were obviously dug out artificially sometime in the ancient past while inside one of the main chambers.  They were able to follow one of these tunnels for approximately half a mile and came upon a large room containing the golden library and various other treasures.

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22 June 2012

- Son Doong is the name of the world's largest cave. It is not only huge, but also a very beautiful place filled with wonders.

As you can see from these breathtaking images, this is without doubt one of the most remarkable places on our planet.

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