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    Dune de Pyla – A new “Sahara” desert being born – in France! [30 pics]

    Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

    Dune de Pyla: People walking up the dune

    Photo credit: histoire-d1reve


    I never knew about this, but to me it looks like Europe has started turning into a new sahara desert. The Great Dune of Pyla is the tallest sand dune in Europe. It is located in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 37 miles (60 km) from Bordeaux.
    The dune has a volume of about 60,000,000 m³, measuring around 1,640 ft (500 m) wide from east to west and 1,9 miles (3 km) in length from north to south. Its height is 350 feet (107 metres) above sea level. The dune moves relentlessly towards the interior of the country and gradually covers buildings and roads.
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    Banksy – Guerilla art wrapped in mystery and controversy [35 pics]

    Bansky Truck

    Banksy Truck

    Photo credit: Banksy


    Banksy, an anonymous England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter, is probably the most popular, yet most mysterious, urban street artist in the world. He has become an internationally known as a subversive graffiti artist – yet manages to maintain a secret identity. However, many newspapers assert that his real name is Robert or Robin Banks.
    He is a counter-cultural prankster, but has art in major cosmopolitan galleries around the globe. Banksy made his name with his trademark stencil-style ‘guerrilla’ art in public spaces – on walls in London, Brighton, Bristol and even on the West Bank barrier separating Israelis and Palestinians – his works have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    He has dozens of celebrity collectors including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Christina Aguilera. It is hard to find good facts about the art so some captions in this article might have the wrong name of the art. In case you know what the correct name is, please let us know and we’ll change it. [35 pictures]

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    The fascinating Joshua Tree National Park [34 Pics]

    Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree and shadow

    Joshua Tree is such a surreal place. There’s really nowhere else like it. We had a great time bouldering and exploring during the day, but as the sun started to set, it was time to start playing around with the flash. Photo credit: Adam Brill


    Joshua Tree National Park is a United States National Park that is located in the Southern California’s High Desert. The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.

    The park is a gem and a must see visit if you ever travel to California to experience the multi-faced californian nature. Joshua Tree Park is a very popular camping, hiking and rock climbing spot for thousands each year. Even more breathtaking is the beautiful starry nights. It is hard to imagine a desert being colorful and beautiful however take a closer look while at the park. There are true hidden gems around each boulder. [34 pictures]

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    Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea [37 Pics]

    Tribal face paints in Papua New Guinea- Goroka - Festivity of Independance

    Papua New Guinea – Goroka – Festivity of Independance
    Head decoration with feathers of pigeons, Birds of Paradise, parrots, and other exotic birds. Many shell decoration on the neck is a sign of prosperity. Shells were formerly used as money exchange. It is especially valued when it is a wedding gift from the husband. Photo credit (all rights reserved to): Rita Willaert


    Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth, with over 850 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies, out of a population of just under seven million.

    The PNG Constitution expresses the wish for “traditional villages and communities to remain as viable units of Papua New Guinean society”

    The word papua is derived from pepuah, a Malay word describing the frizzy Melanesian hair.

    Papua New Guinea is one of the most heterogeneous nations in the world. There are hundreds of ethnic groups indigenous to Papua New Guinea, the majority being from the group known as Papuans, whose ancestors arrived in the New Guinea region tens of thousands of years ago. Many remote Papuan tribes still have only marginal contact with the outside world.

    The Goroka Show is definitely happening of the year. Thank you very much to Rita Willaert who gave us special permission to use her fantastic images. [37 pictures]

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    One strike – One Kill! US Navy Seals – Bad to the Bone [28 Pics]

    Navy Seals - Frogmen

    Navy Seals – Frogmen
    Photo credit: Navy SEAL  & SWCC.
    The Navy Seal ETHOS (continued to following 26 pics):

    In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.


    Navy SEALs are a special breed of warrior who conduct special operations in any environment, but who are uniquely trained and equipped to operate from, around and in maritime areas. SEALs take their name from the environments in which they are trained to operate: sea, air and land. Their small highly trained teams usually work quietly at night conducting some of the nation’s most important missions. SEALs are constantly deployed throughout the world to protect national interests.

    Navy SEALs and their high speed boat driving counterparts, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, form the operational arms of the Naval Special Warfare community, which is headed by the Naval Special Warfare Command. NSW acts both as the Navy’s special operations force as well as the
    Navy component of the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is responsible for all U.S. special operations forces.

    NSW training and preparation stresses an enduring commitment to individual initiative, personal responsibility
    and mission accomplishment. Naval Special Warfare goes to great lengths to ensure that its
    forces are capable and prepared.

    The following images are all available on the Navy Seals website and if you click on any image you will find a
    wallpaper sized version (to almost all images). I have also added the Navy SEAL ETHOS as caption to the images.
    They are, as the title says; BAD TO THE BONE!

    [28 pictures]

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    Wave Rock – Hard Surf in Hyden, Australia [11 Pics]

    Wave Rock

    Wave Rock

    Wave Rock is composed of granite. The total outcrop covers several hectares and is part of the Hyden Rock erosional remnant. The “wave” part of the rock is about 15 m (50 ft) high and around 110 m (350 ft) long.


    Wave Rock is a natural rock formation located east of the small town of Hyden, located 339 km east of Perth, Western Australia. Believed to have formed over 2700 million years ago, Wave Rock is part of the northern face of Hyden Rock. The shape of the wave is formed by gradual erosion of the softer rock beneath the upper edge, over many centuries. 14 metres high, and 110m long, the face of Wave Rock appears ready to crash onto a pre-historic surf, now frozen in time.

    The colors of the Wave are caused by the rain washing chemical deposits (carbonates and iron hydroxide) down the face, forming vertical stripes of grays reds and yellows. If you can stay a little longer, it is also worth seeing the Rock at different times of the day, as the changing sunlight alters its colors and appearance. [11 pictures]

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    Mind-blowing artistic rendering of Mars [29 Pics]

    Planet Mars Art by Veenenbos: Holden Crater

    Holden Crater southern ridge
    Spiky rocks hide the sun which light up the starshape thin clouds. Image Credit: Data: NASA/ Art: Kees Veenenbos, www.space4case.com


    The outstanding digital rendering techniques of the Dutchman Kees Veenenbos have been featured in National Geographic and on NASA pages . The images he rendered are made with a landscape program called Terragen. He has worked with this program already since 1999 in different versions. Most are made with digital elevation models of NASA, from different satellites like the Mars Global Surveyor for example.

    He made a lot of images for National Geographic, Mars images, but also of good old Earth and other planets in the solar system and even extra solar planets.

    We have put together a collection of his fantastic made images of recent and ancient Mars (with water and ice). All artwork are copyright Kees Veenenbos and we have been give special permission to use them for this article. The originals can all be found on his website: www.space4case.com (all data originate from NASA). [29 pictures]

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    The Magnificent Cliffs of Moher – one slip and you’re dead [41 Pics]

    Cliffs of Moher: Mist

    Cliffs of Moher: Mist
    As of July 2009, the Cliffs were named one of 28 global finalists in the “New Seven Wonders of Nature”. The “New Seven Wonders” winners are expected to be announced on 11 November 2011 (11/11/11). Image Credit: Unknown


    On the west coast of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland and biggest Tourist Attraction. A visit to these cliffs should not be missed.
    The Cliffs of Moher take their name from a ruined promontory fort “Mothar” which was demolished during the Napoleonic wars to make room for a signal tower.

    The cliffs of Moher are located just south of the Village of Doolin in Co Clare Ireland. Rising slowly from Doolin they ascend to over 700 feet (213 metres) stretching south for nearly five miles (8km) to Hags head. They are Irelands premier tourist attraction and a must see for anyone visiting Ireland. The views from the cliffs attract close to one million visitors per year. [41 pictures]

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    Colorful Planet Mars -A barren but still exciting landscape [43 Pics]

    Colorful planet Mars: Exposure of Thick Layered Deposits in Hebes Chasma

    Exposure of Thick Layered Deposits in Hebes Chasma
    Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona


    The following photos of Planet Mars shatters the idea of an all “red” planet. Mars also has many many hidden, very colorful treasures. The landscape shown is like a post apocalyptic Earth. Or perhaps more what our own planet would look like if we removed almost all life. Nevertheless the Mars landscape is breathtaking and make me daydream of what it would be to build a new civilisation on Mars – starting from scratch. That would be something…

    HiRISE is the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The spacecraft is currently orbiting Mars approximately 13 times an (Earth) day. The Primary Science Phase (the main “mapping” phase of the mission) officially started on November 8, 2006, and lasted for two (Earth) years. Extended Science Phase(s) (ESP) are expected to continue as long as the spacecraft and camera remain healthy.

    HiROC (the HiRISE Operations Center) is where the day-to-day action takes place. Images are planned, the camera is commanded, data is downlinked, processed, and distributed. They’re located at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.
    [43 pictures]

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