If you suffer from even the slightest amount vertigo then Yushan village in China’s Hubei Province is probably best kept off any list of potential holiday destinations.
For despite its staggeringly beautiful location, Yushan’s only connection with the outside world is a precarious zip line stretching for a dizzying kilometre, 400 metres above the valley floor.
A pair of thick cables are strung between two high cliff faces with a steel cage suspended below to carry people and goods in and out of the village.
Don’t look down!
This terrifying zip line stretching 400 metres above the valley floor is the only connection to the outside world for Yushan village in China’s Hubei Province
Maintenance man Zhang Xinjian and his family have been checking the cable ropeway for quite some years.
Yushan has a population of just over 200 people and before the ropeway was built in 1997, villagers faced a walk of several days to get to the next nearest village.
The village is hoping to have a road constructed over the next few years.
When humans breathe, they release carbon dioxide gas that has built up inside them.
The Kilauea volcano on the Island of Hawaii is no different.
It is the world’s most active volcano. At its base, giant curtains of fire spew forth from fissure vents, creating a shifting wall of magma.
Interestingly, the curtain of fire requires no explosive activity from the volcano itself. The cause of the fiery curtain is the expansion of gas within the vents and oddly enough, the weight of the lava.
Contrary to the commonly imagined steep-sloped science fair volcano, Kilauea is a shield volcano, meaning it has very shallow slopes.
The shallow slopes that form Kilauea and the other volcanoes of Hawaii Island are constructed as the heavy fluid lava flows away from the volcano, with the help of gravity.
In Hawaiian, Kilauea literally translates to “much spreading.” As the lava constantly stretches under the pressure of its own weight, fractures form. It is from these fractures or fissure vents that, squeezed by the massive pressures of the lava itself, fiery curtains of magma erupt.
Read more via Curtain of Fire | Atlas Obscura.
Carezza Lake at the foot of the Dolomites
Photo by Flickr user kaibara87 Creative Commons
Gorgeous mountain lakes may be a dime a dozen, but how many can boast brilliant waters whose colours are the result of a lovesick sorcerer and drowned rainbows?
According to the traditions of the Ladin people in Italy’s South Tyrol region, once upon a time, a beautiful water nymph called the pristine waters of Lake Carezza, at the foot of the Dolomites, home.
One day, while braiding her hair on its shores, the sorcerer Masaré was overcome by the sound of the nymph as she softly sang to herself.
Head over heels in love, he sought the help of a witch to make the nymph his own.
An elaborate plan involving a disguise as a jewellery salesman, and casting a rainbow across the lake ensued.
Unfortunately for the sorcerer, he forgot to wear his salesman outfit and was discovered by the nymph even as she marvelled at his creation.
Evading his trap, she hasn’t been seen since. Completely distraught at his own foolishness, Masaré smashed the rainbow into a million pieces, which fell into the lake’s waters below.
Their fractured magnificence continues to radiate through its crystalline waters to this day, and account for Carezza’s other name: Lec de ergobando, or “Rainbow Lake.”
See more via Carezza Rainbow Lake | Atlas Obscura
The Kelpies are two 30 metre (100 ft) high horse-head sculptures located at the Forth and Clyde Canal in The Helix, a 350 hectare parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area of Scotland. They are the largest public artworks in Scotland.
The sculptures were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and were completed in October 2013.
The Kelpies are a monument to the horse powered heritage across Scotland.
The kelpie is a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore, possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways.
Built of structural steel with a stainless steel cladding, The Kelpies weigh 300 tonnes each.
While construction began in June 2013 and was complete by October 2013, the process of fabricating the steel was several years in the making.