Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Mysterious Devil's Kettle Falls Minnesota’s United States

If you have ever worried that we have solved all the mysteries of nature, fear not. Minnesota’s Devil’s Kettle Falls has been perplexing hikers and geologists for generations. The Devil's Kettle is a mystifying geological wonder situated inside Judge C. R. Magney State Park in Minnesota, in USA, just off the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Brule River makes its way through the park; it drops 800 feet in elevation and makes plentiful waterfalls in the process. 

One of these waterfalls is quite distinct. Approximately 2.4 km before the river empties into Lake Superior; it gets split in two by a rocky outcrop. The eastern part drops 50 feet below and continues towards Lake Superior. The western part falls 10 feet into a massive pothole, which is called the “Devil's Kettle” and disappears. No one knows where the water goes. It is thought there must be an exit point somewhere underneath Lake Superior, but it has never been located. From the last several years, investigators have dropped brightly colored dyes, ping pong balls, and many other things into the Devil's Kettle. 

Surprisingly none of them have ever been found. One philosophy is that the river flows along a subversive fault and comes out somewhere under Lake Superior. This is dubious, because for this to happen, the fault would have to be exactly oriented towards the lake, and would have to be big enough to let the flow of half the river. Even if such a fault is real, it would have probably been clogged over the years as rocks, sand, logs and other materials fell into the kettle. Besides, there is no sign of such a fault in the area. One more theory is found when millions of years ago a lava tube formed when the rocks first solidified. 

The issue with this theory is that the rock at Devil’s Kettle waterfalls is rhyolite, and lava tubes never form in rhyolite. Lava tubes form in basalt flowing down the slopes of volcanoes, and the adjacent basalt layer to Devil’s Kettle is situated much too far underground to be any kind of factor in the mystery. The existence of a big underground cave is also ruled out because underground caves form in limestone rock, and there is no limestone in the area. The mystery is compounded by the fact no floating debris suddenly appearing at one spot offshore in Lake Superior has ever been reported.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Mendenhall Ice Cave Alaska United States

Mendenhall ice cave is one of the amazing natural phenomenon’s that can be found in Alaska, United States. Mendenhall Glacier, a twelve mile-long mass of ice in Juneau, Alaska, is a widespread tourist attraction. Few visitors, however, see the glacier from its most spectacular vantage point: inside it. The glacier and surrounding landscape is protected as the 5,815-acre Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, a federally-designated unit of the Tongass National Forest. Well, rising of global temperatures have main caused the glacier to start melting and it has receded by approximately two miles since 1958. Expert agrees that earth is warming due to human activities, and climate change is causing glaciers to melt quickly than they’d naturally.

It is because due to human activities have released significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the environment. Water has carved caves into the interior, creating surreal, turquoise-toned worlds whose shapes are ever changing. However there’re several negative effects of melting Mendenhall glacier, but some have positive outcomes as well. Such Mendenhall Lake has formed in 1931, which size is growing as the recession continues. Mendenhall Lake has its exclusive ecosystem, and famous spot for fishing. You’ve to be extremely fit to make a trip to the Mendenhall ice caves needs a difficult journey it involves a kayak ride or long hike, an ice climb, and faith that the melting caverns won't collapse in on you but the unbelievable landscapes are an once-in-a-lifetime sight. The inside views is extremely remarkable, as if like being in another world. The cave has various forms of the water cycle at the same time. You can watch the striking water flowing over the ceiling that looks like a tunnel of blue glass, colored stones bluish ice, and pretty little waterfall. You will feel like in an aquarium marine park.  Source: Charismatic Planet

Tugela Falls South Africa

Tugela Falls is World’s 2nd highest Waterfall, but some debate about perhaps the tallest waterfall in the world as compared to Angel Falls. There’s a persuasive argument that the Tugela Falls is the tallest waterfall in the world, rather than the more commonly known Angel Falls. Angel Falls, however, is almost universally regarded as having the tallest single drop of any waterfall in the world. Tugela Falls, even though likely the tallest waterfall on Earth, is multi-tiered. Tugela Falls is located in the Drakensberg in the Royal Natal National Park in KwaZulu-Natal Province South Africa. Its total drop in five free-leaping falls is 3,110 ft and one of the most iconic sights in the Drakensberg.

Tugela Falls can be easily viewed after a heavy rain from the main travel road into the park. The stunning reflection in that late afternoon is best part of this falls. There is an undeveloped camp site and mountain hut immediately above the falls. There’re two trails to the Tugela Falls, one is top of Mount-Aux-Source at the Scentinel Car Park, which is fairly easy climb to the top of Amphitheatre, takes approximately four to five hours, and certainly depends upon fitness level. This is the only day hiking trail which leads to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment. The second trail to the Tugela Falls starts Royal Natal National Park, which is seven kilometers gradient up the Tugela Gorge winds though indigenous forest. The final part of the hike to the Tugela Falls is a boulder hop. A slight chain ladder leads over the final stretch for a view of the falls rushing down the amphitheater in a series of five cascades. So Tugela Falls is falling more than 3,000 feet, displaying a magnificent view from top to bottom. Tugela Falls is definitely an easy one to visit, and the park it is in is more beautiful than anything

Monday, 22 September 2014

Princess of Hope Makran Balochistan Pakistan

Pakistan has always been hailed as a heaven for adventurous seekers, because starting from beautiful valleys, world’s highest peaks, stunning deserts and beaches of Balochistan. Therefore; most unique combination of natural beauty in the world, gorgeous scenery and breathtaking views that exist all over in Pakistan. The princess of Hope is just like an essence of inspiration in the Makran Costal Highway.  

The Princess of Hope is actually a statue, which is well founded in Hingol National Park lies on the Makran coast in Balochistan Pakistan and it is around 190 kilometers from Karachi. Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, names this statue during her visit to Pakistan.  The statue namelessly before that and no one exactly know about the statue stood there, but there in the wilderness along the coast of the Arabian Sea, wearing a royal robe and a hood. 

The fast wind whistled around her, teased her but she could not stop the winds as the fast blowing winds swept past her and blew dust around her. It is a lonely place, and her companion in the area is huge Sphinx of Giza, Egypt like feature who snared her loneliness.  The massive man-made Sphinx in Giza Egypt is viewed by heavy traffic of tourist across the globe with awe and praise for those made it. But there is one natural feature in the remote area in the Makran coastal region of the Balochistan. Some experts says, that statue is more than 750 years old.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Deadvlei Namibia

Deadvlei is a white clay pan located nearby the more famed salt pan of Sossusvlei, inside the Namib-Naukluft Park in Namibia. This is also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, which means "dead marsh". In English this is called dead and Afrikaans vlei, a lake or marsh in a valley between the dunes. The pan also is referred to as "Dooie Vlei" which is the completely Afrikaans name. When you’d be search on Google there’re numbers of references to the site, its name often being translated speciously in terms such as "dead valley"; a vlei is not a valley which in Afrikaans is "vallei". Nor is the site a valley; the pan is a desiccated vlei. Well; Dead Vlei has been claimed to be surrounded by the highest sand dunes in the world, the highest reaching 300-400 meters often called "Big Daddy" or "Crazy Dune"), which rest on a sandstone terrace. The clay pan was shaped after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, generating short-term shallow pools where the profusion of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. 

Hence when the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area. Then the trees died, as there no longer was sufficient water to survive. There’re few species of plants remaining, such as “Salsola” and clumps of “Nara”, adapted to surviving off the morning mist and very rare rainfall. The remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black because the extreme sun has burned them. Nevertheless not petrified, the wood does not decompose because it is so dry.