Diving into the Black Hole

Standing on the edge of a never-ending black hole, this is one leap you wouldn’t want to make. Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, Texas is one of the most dangerous places to dive on Earth, having claimed the lives of more than eight divers. But that doesn’t stop thrill-seekers from taking the plunge. This stunning natural swimming spot – and the daredevil swimmers who dive into it.

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Jacob’s Well, the most dangerous diving spot in the world, located in Wimberley, Texas. (Carl Griffin/HotSpot Media)

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Giant Yucca

Yucca is a genus of perennial shrubs and trees in the agave family, Agavaceae. Its 40-50 species are notable for their rosettes of evergreen, tough, sword-shaped leaves and large terminal panicles of white or whitish flowers. They are native to the hot and dry (arid) parts of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Early reports of the species were confused with the cassava (Manihot esculenta). Consequently, Linnaeus mistakenly derived the generic name from the Carib word for the latter, yuca. It is also colloquially known in the midwest United States as “Ghosts in the graveyard”, as it is commonly found growing in rural graveyards and when in bloom the flowers appear as an apparition floating.

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A yucca standing among flowers bursts forth a very large stalk of flowers as a heavy wildflower bloom on June 21, 2005 in the Angeles National Forest northwest of La Canada, California. (Photos by David McNew/Getty Images)

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2013 National Geographic Photo Contest, “Nature”, Week 4

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014.

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“Morning Frolics!” This Fox family had their den just down the way a bit from my cabin. On this particular day, everyone was out enjoying an early morning romp. There is action everywhere here!! One kit leaps an another is busy sneaking up on him. There were so many things happening, it was hard to keep up with it all. And, two of the kits didn’t even get in this image! With each kit seemingly going a different direction, the mom patiently sits and watches, ensuring everyone is safe during the morning frolics. Photo location: Henry’s Lake, Idaho. (Photo and caption by Jon Jacobs/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Balanopsammia Wirtzi- A new kind of Coral Species

Have a look at the new impressive coral species defined recently and thought not much have been known about this species. This new coral species is named as Balanopsammia Wirtzi, check it out here-

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THE MOST UNBELIEVABLE UNDERWATER HOTEL ROOM

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Mikael Genberg, creator of the famous floating Utter Inn (Otter Inn) in Sweden, has created another amazing floating hotel room. The Pemba Island floating hotel room, part of the Manta Resort in Zanzibar, is a floating hotel room with an underwater bedroom and a unique view. For $1,500 (couples) or $900 (single) a night, visitors can sleep in a fully submerged bedroom with windows that open out onto the tropical waters outside. And at night, when the fish and other tropical creatures are no longer visible, lights outside the window attract squids and octopuses.

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Cold, Snow and Ice Across the US

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Randy Friedrich of Springfield, Ore. sports a coating of fresh snow as he visits downtown Springfield, Ore. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Friedrich, originally from Wisconsin, said he was enjoying the snow day as a storm moves through the Willamette Valley in Oregon (AP Photo/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

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Marvelous Reef

Have a look at some Marvelous Reef from Paradise Resort Houses.

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35 pictures of autumn wallpaper

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The best backgrounds for HD! Autumn is a stunning collection of beautiful wallpapers autumn! MORE WALLPAPER

Made in Iceland

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Official Selection THE NORWEGIAN MOUNTAINFILMFESTIVAL 2012

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2013 National Geographic Photo Contest, Part 1: “Nature”, Weeks 1-3

National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2013 National Geographic Photography Contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD) and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014.

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“Fox Glance”. During a regular trip through the forest, of which my actual intent was landscapes, I encountered this stunning little Red Fox. The moment came as the light broke through the clouds and trees, he turned with a glance of curiosity and gave me the unusual composition I was after. A scene I’ll never be lucky enough to see again in my life, so was over the moon i’d managed to capture the moment. Photo location: Thetford Forest, England. (Photo and caption by Sam Morris/National Geographic Photo Contest)

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Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China

The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “pseudo-karst” landforms.

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View of colourful rock formations at the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Gansu Province, China. The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is 40km from Zhangye city. The park spans more than 400 square kilometers in Gansu. The unusual terrain is the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits carved over the years by natural forces. A number of boardwalks have been built to encourage visitors to explore the rock formations. (Photo by ImagineChina/The Grosby Group)

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Hydra 52 from Aqua Illumination

Some good news for the aquarists as Hydra 52 will soon be available everywhere. Also, the full spectrum performance of the AI Hydra Fifty Two continues to the Hydra’s legacy of with an output that exceeds the visible light spectrum.

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Dinosaur Shaped Rock

What seems to be a large dinosaur drinking water from a distance, is actually just a large piece rock shaped like one.
This amazing natural wonder is located in Iceland, and you can actually walk to it when the tide is low.
It stands 15 meters high on what seems to be legs and a head, in Iceland they call this the Hvítserkur .

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The hottest wonders of New Zealand

The land around Rotorua, in New Zealand, is home to a highly active geothermal zone. There we can enjoy the beauty of rare phenomena, like geysers, hot springs, incredible pools and other features. They scatter a wide array of colors that emerge from the core of the Earth.

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The hot water algae that live here have adapted to survive temperatures between 35 and 59 °C.

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The same pool on a different day: different colors and shape.  Sources HERE

Acidic Oceans

It is proved in many researches that oceans are becoming acidic at a higher rate that is negatively affecting and harmful for marine life and the hundreds of millions of people who depend on the fishing for their livelihood.

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