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The Spectacular Blood-Red Hues of Indonesia’s Mount Bromo Volcano

Photo: © Helminadia Ranford In nature, even the most destructive forces can be staggeringly beautiful – and nowhere is this more true than with an active volcano. Volcanoes are among the Earth’s most powerful natural phenomena: they have created mountains, laid down expansive plains and formed whole islands. Yet their eruptions have also killed people …

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The Stark Beauty of North India’s Mountainous Spiti Valley

Photo: Ankit Yadav The spectacular Himalayan landscape surrounding Spiti Valley Cold, dry, dusty and spectacularly beautiful… The Spiti Valley region of North India’s Himachal Pradesh state in the Western Himalayas offers contrasting scenes of stark loveliness. The deep blue of the sky stands out against the golden browns of the towering, snowcapped mountains and fluffy …

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The Deceptive Beauty of Indonesia’s Deadly Acid Volcano

Image: Bertrand Claude To stand on the slopes of Kawah Ijen is to be surrounded by beauty. The lake in the volcano crater is a stunning turquoise green, and the surrounding landscape strikes you with its views across the sea. White plumes of what appears to be steam billow from vents in the rock, adding …

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17 Spectacular Pictures of Siberia’s Altai Mountains

Image: Andrew Kudrin Dawn over Katun River. The Altai region of southern Siberia is a place of geological wonders and rare biological diversity. The name Altai comes from the Mongolian word for ‘gold’ and ‘mountains,’ an apt moniker considering the ecological value of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Gold was also the colour of the …

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The Haunting Legend Behind Australia’s Three Sisters Mountains

Photo: PermaCulturedThe Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, Australia, seen through the mist which is common to the valley Towering over Sydney’s Blue Mountains National Park are three enormous rock formations. Known as Meehni, Wimlah and Gunnedoo, each of these formations rises over 900 meters (3,000 feet) above sea level, looking down on the magnificent Jamison Valley …