The South China Karst

The South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since June 2007, spans the provinces of Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan. It is noted for its karst features and landscapes as well as rich biodiversity. The site comprises three clusters: Libo Karst, Shilin Karst and Wulong Karst. UNESCO describes the South China Karst as “unrivalled in terms of the diversity of its karst features and landscapes”. It contains the most significant types of karst landforms, including tower karst, pinnacle karst and cone karst formations, along with other spectacular characteristics such as natural bridges, gorges and large cave systems.

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File photo taken on July 3, 2012 shows the scenery of karst landform in Dacai Township under Maonan Autonomous County of Huaijiang, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The World Heritage Committee on Monday inscribed an extension of South China Karst, a natural World Heritage Site since 2007, into the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. (Photo by Wang Xiufa/Xinhua)
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An Enormous Crocodile Mauls a Young Hippo in South Africa

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An enormous crocodile mauls a young hippo calf carcass near Lower Sabie on May 11, 2014, in Kruger National Park, South Africa. An enormous crocodile tosses around a young hippo calf caught in its lethal jaws. The giant reared out of the water revealing a young hippo calf between its teeth. The huge beast then span, jumped and splashed in the water with the small carcass. Amateur photographer Roland Ross captured these incredible photographs near Lower Sabie in Kruger Park, South Africa. (Photo by Roland Ross/Barcroft Media)
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Boryeong Mud Festival in South Korea

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Festival goers wrestle in the mud during the annual Boryeong Mud Festival at Daecheon Beach on July 18, 2014 in Boryeong, South Korea. The mud, which is believed to have beneficial effects on the skin due to its mineral content, is sourced from mud flats near Boryeong and transported to the beach by truck. (Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images AsiaPac) Continue reading »

“Alien” Creature Mystery Solved in South Africa

Locals in South Africa were baffled when Llewellyn Dixon, a national park ranger, discovered what appeared to be the body of an alien creature lying in the grass. The mystery was solved when a local veterinarian performed an autopsy, identifying the creature as a baby baboon. Photos from Llewellyn Dixon.

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A man measueres the mysterious creature’s wingspan using a tape measure. The creature was later identified as a baby baboon. (Photo Llewellyn Dixon/Yahoo News)
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ABSA Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa

ABSA Cape Epic Mountain Bike Race in South Africa
Riders compete in the final stage of the annual ABSA Cape Epic mountain bike stage race, Cape Town, South Africa, 30 March 2014. The multi day stage race is know as the “Tour de France” of mountain biking and sees 1,200 riders riding 720km in seven days. The race includes the worlds leading professional racers along with amateur cyclists. (Photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA)
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Chinese Pollution Affecting Japan and South Korea

Chinese Pollution Affecting Japan and South Korea
Buildings in the western Japanese city of Osaka, some 2,250 kilometers (1,400 miles) southeast of Beijing, are shrouded in dense smog Wednesday, February 26, 2014 a day after parts of northern China suffered a sixth straight day of severe pollution. The readings of particulate matter known as PM2.5, a key measure of pollution reached 104 micrograms per cubic meter in Osaka in the morning. The World Health Organization considers 25 micrograms a safe level. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo News) Continue reading »

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Seoul, South Korea

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain in Seoul, South Korea
The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain is the world’s longest bridge fountain that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon declared that the bridge will further beautify the city and showcase Seoul’s eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontall Continue reading »

Miss Pole Dance South America 2013

Miss Pole Dance South America 2013
A Chilean participant in the Miss Pole Dance South America 2013 competition performs in in front of the obelisk in Republica Square in downtown Buenos Aires on November 22, 2013 ahead of the contest to be held on November 23 and 25 in the city. (Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP Photo) Continue reading »

South Korean Live Food Festival

Live octopus is a delicacy in South Korea but is a known choking hazard, since the still-moving suction cups can cause tentacle pieces to stick in a person’s throat. A baby octopus is often consumed whole, while larger varieties are cut up and the still-wriggling tentacles eaten with a splash of sesame oil.

South Korean Live Food Festival
A South Korean man and a woman eat a live octopus during an event to promote a local food festival in Seoul on September 12, 2013. (Photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP Photo) Continue reading »

Miami Zoo Welcomes Two Young Male Cheetahs from South Africa

Miami Zoo Welcomes Two Young Male Cheetahs from South Africa

Zoo Miami’s, Ron Magill and Willy Cotto unload two nine-month old Cheetahs as they arrive at a quarantine facility at Zoo Miami on November 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The two sub-adult brothers who arrived today were captive-born on March 6th of this year at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre just outside of Pretoria South Africa. The Cheetahs after being monitored and examined for a minimum of 30 days to insure that they are healthy and stable, will be featured in Zoo Miami’s Wildlife Show at the newly constructed amphitheater and will continue the work of Zoo Miami’s Cheetah Ambassador Program by making appearances off zoo grounds at a variety of venues including schools and civic organizations. Photos by Joe Raedle. Continue reading »

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough Makes His Way South Following Release from Saughton Prison

Naked Rambler Stephen Gough Makes His Way South Following Release from Saughton Prison

Stephen Gough, the naked rambler makes his way south through Peebles in the Scottish Borders, following his release from Saughton Prison yesterday after serving his latest sentence on October 6, 2012 in Peebles, Scotland. The rambler has 18 convictions and has been in prison on and off since 2006 with offences ranging from not wearing clothes in front of the sheriff, breach of the peace and contempt of court. In photographs by Jeff J. Mitchell. Continue reading »

South African Leopard Catches Sandgrouse

South African Leopard Catches Sandgrouse

Deftly he finished with a birdie that they fly so low? Continue reading »

Disco Inferno: South Africa’s AfrikaBurn Desert Festival

Disco Inferno: South Africa's AfrikaBurn Desert Festival

AfrikaBurn brings the spirit of California’s famous Burning Man to Tankwa Karoo national park in South Africa – complete with crazy outfits, surreal art installations and all-night parties. Photos by Jonx Pillmer. Continue reading »

Valparaiso: Street Art From South America’s Most Unusual City

Valparaiso: Street Art From South America’s Most Unusual City

Valparaiso defies simple definition and is easily South America’s most unusual city. It’s labyrinthine hills – which overlook the enticing (but freezing) Pacific Ocean – are constantly surprising and oh-so inviting for the avid photog. In photographs by Felipe Bascuñán. Continue reading »

Students for Blood Donation company in South Korea

Students for Blood Donation company in South Korea
About 3,000 Baekseok University students create the shape of a drop of blood at a ski resort in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. The Korean National Red Cross and the faculty arranged the event as part of a campaign to encourage blood donation. They plan to seek a listing for the “World’s largest blood drop” by Guinness World Records. (Shin Jun-hee/Yonhap/Associated Press)

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

The 100th anniversary edition of the South Florida Fair is being celebrated sort of like a wedding. It seems a stretch, but hear us out: There’s something old, as in some of the most popular, tried-and-true returning favorites that the festival, running from January 13-29 at the South Florida Fairgrounds, has to offer, plus special things to commemorate the fair’s big birthday.

South Florida Fair 2012: The 100th Anniversary Edition

Fairgoers enjoy the midway during Thursday’s soft opening of the 2012 South Florida Fair. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Continue reading »

Robot Guards will soon begin Patrolling South Korean Prisons

Robot Guards will soon begin Patrolling South Korean Prisons

Robot guards with sensors to detect abnormal behaviour will soon begin patrolling South Korean prisons to ease the burden on their human counterparts. A group of scientists has developed the robot warders which can connect prisoners with officers through a remote conversation function. The robots – 1.5 metres (five feet) high and running on four wheels – will mostly be used at night. The robots’ sensors will enable them to detect abnormalities such as suicidal behaviour and violence and report it to officers in charge. (EPA/YONHAP)

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: South Beach is Even Hotter Than Usual

Sexy, bikini-clad models strutting down runways. Designers from around the world unveiling their newest collections. Buyers, international press and celebrities soaking in the fun, excitement and heat of South Beach.

Swim Week brings the fabulous, daring world of swimwear to Miami Beach with an array of fashion and trade shows, parties and satellite events — all luring thousands of designers, models, retailers, fashion show producers and international press to our shores to bask in the glow of the latest designs.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim: South Beach is Even Hotter Than Usual
Lisa Burke, a designer for Lisa Blue swimwear, and Guia Golden of Diesel, watch a model at a casting call for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in the penthouse of the Raleigh Hotel. (Charles Trainor Jr./The Miami Herald) Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Mississippi Floodwaters Roll South

Photo of the Day: Mississippi Floodwaters Roll South

A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River on May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River is forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two meet near Vicksburg causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood. (Scott Olson/Getty Images). Click to zoom.

South Park 15th Anniversary Event in Opera Gallery New York

South Park 15th Anniversary Event in Opera Gallery New York

Started at 28th of March, held by Comedy Central and curated by Ron English. Featured artists: Ron English, Travis Louie, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Beau Stanton, Kid Zoom, Dave White, KaNo, Kathie Olivas, Clark Fox, Greg Craola Simkins, Mark Dean Veca, Lindsey Way, Naoto Hattori и Tristan Eaton. Continue reading »