Category - Nature

The Siberian lake Baikal is a real life Frozen

What do any of us really know about Siberia, other than its cold? Not much— and we’re just about to reinforce the idea. Lake Baikal, located in Siberia, is the deepest and cleanest lake on Earth. Clocking in at an astounding 373 miles deep (!!!), the lake can create 6.5 feet of ice on its surface every winter. This means that people, cars and anything weighing less than 16.5 tons can glide across this majestic lake’s surface without even making a crack. Some intrepid visitors even camp on the surface each winter!IMG_2070-copy-58795ece0274f__880 Indeed, the natural wonder has become quite the attraction— not only because of the novelty of it but also because deep underneath the ice, cracks and bubbles form to create some truly remarkable designs on the surface. Once April hits, all action has to halt, as the ice begins to melt, sometimes making sharp, cracking noises like gunshots through the vast expanse of land. [h/t boredpanda.com] IMG_2340-copy-58795f04be876__880 IMG_2379-58795edc8390f__880 IMG_2550-58795f5a53c64__880 IMG_2866-58795ef769164__880

Check out this real life Jurassic Park setting in Bolivia, complete with dinosaur tracks

Sure, when you’re expanding a huge quarry, you’re going to expect some surprises hidden in the mass of rocks. Maybe some bird bones, a lost shoe or some relic of past construction work. What you’re probably not expecting to find, however, is over 5,000 dinosaur footprint embedded in the stone.cal-orcko-11[3] But that’s just what workers found in a cement plant in Sucre, Bolivia. Those on site uncovered a 4,000 foot long and 262 foot high wall of limestone with with the unreal footprints set inside; in fact, it’s now known as the site of the largest concentration of dinosaur tracks in the entire world.cal-orcko-8[6] Cal Orcko, as the quarry site is called, used to be the shore of a lake, so many centuries ago during the Cretaceous period. It’s this coveted water source that brought both herbaceous and carnivorous dinosaurs to the area for nourishment. cal-orcko-3[2] During the warmer months, the earth surrounding the lake would get damp and pliable; when the animals stepped to the shoreline to drink from the lake, they’d sink into the ground and leave their footprints behind which became solid during long periods of drought. During yet another period of wet weather, the dried footprints got sealed underneath the latest, wet layer. A huge tectonic movement shifted the limestone slab to the upright position it is in today.cal-orcko-4[6] Over 460 individual trails were made during this process, the first of which were discovered by miners in 1985. It wasn’t until 1994, however, that the site’s archeological importance was solidified (pun intended) when Swiss paleontologist Christian Meyer and his team certified the bed as legitimate. cal-orcko-10[6] Meyer is quoted as saying that the site documents “the high diversity of dinosaurs better than any other site in the world,” and stresses the importance the highly preserved footprints have on paleontology and the understanding of the history of the earth in general. cal-orcko-1[2] It comes as no surprise that Meyer’s subsequent study of the prints reveals much more than just the shape of the dino’s feet. In some places, you can see tiny baby feet between two lines of bigger footprints, showing that parents would protect their offspring by having them walk underneath them, shielding the young with their size.cal-orcko-6[2] Of course, the most popular set of footprints belongs to a baby Tyrannosaurs Rex, whom researchers have dubbed “Johnny Walker” and whose 1,128 long set of footprints delight all visitors to the sit. cal-orcko-9[3] To keep the original site and its incredible findings safe while simultaneously showing it off, a Cretaceous Park opened in 2006 which provides tourists the chance to view exact replicas of the dinosaurs who also visited the site, along with a museum and a viewing platform to see the rock face. [sources: Amusing Planet]cal-orcko-2[2]

The longest bench in the world gives everyone a fun place to relax by the beach

Is this seat taken? If youre looking for a place to take a break in Littlehampton, West Sussex in Britain, you definitely wont have trouble finding a spot. The small beach town is home to the longest bench in the entire world. Clocking in at 1063 feet, the bench can hold 300 people at once!longest-bench (1)[2] The bench is made from thousands of individual hardwood bars, recycled from the landfill and older seaside groynes and opened to the public on July 30th, 2010. Bright pops of color peek out through the benches undulating design and the bench also features two shelters where the bench bends and twists in on itself that makes for a fun play place for kids (of all ages).  Design company Studio Weave engineered the uber cool concept and locals even helped construct it. [h/t amusingplanet.com] longest-bench (2)[2] longest-bench (3)[2] longest-bench (4)[2] longest-bench (5)[5] longest-bench (7)[5] longest-bench (8)[5]

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