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Amazing Geological Features of Earth

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The Earth is defined by seemingly endless examples of stunningly amazing geological features. Try to imagine the full-body rush of plunging 148 feet beneath ice cold Icelandic glaciers to swim between tectonic plates separating two continents. Or taking a selfie atop 29,029 feet of the glorious Mount Everest. Or wouldn't it be great if you'd been there 6 million years ago to Instagram the exact moment when the Colorado River began to erode limestone that would eventually carve out the Grand Canyon? The wold is full of stunningly beautiful geological anomalies like these. Even the world's tallest, most pristine skyscrapers would be hard-pressed to hold a candle to Earth's natural, awe-inspiring wonders.

So where exactly are these significant structures? What led to their formation and what do they tell us about the age of the earth itself? To find out, grab your atlas, hiking gear, wetsuit and flashlight and explore all corners of the world through this playlist.

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Tweet this video! - http://clicktotweet.com/aVUcD Earth is a big place with a lot of unique flora and fauna, and as strange as it can already be there are still new geological discoveries being made every day. While there are probably numerous places that could have been included on this list, we were forced to narrow it down to the 25 strangest geological formations on Earth. https://twitter.com/list25 https://www.facebook.com/list25 http://list25.com Check out the text version too! - http://list25.com/25-strangest-geological-formations-earth/ Here's a preview: White Desert -- Egypt Moeraki Boulders -- New Zealand The Giant's Causeway -- Northern Ireland Reed Flute Cave -- Guangxi Province, China Mono Lake -- California The Devils Tower -- Wyoming Gibson Steps (The Twelve Apostles) -- Great Ocean Road, Australia Cave of the Crystals -- Naica, Mexico Door To Hell -- Turkmenistan Chocolate Hills -- Philippines Salar de Uyuni -- Bolivia Stone Forest -- China Socotra Island -- Yemen Fairy Chimneys -- Turkey The Jeita Grotto -- Lebanon Skaftafell -- Iceland Puerto Princesa Underground River -- Philippines Yellowstone -- Wyoming Arches National Park -- Utah Richat Structure -- Mauritania World of Ice Giants -- Austria Babele -- Romania The Wave -- Arizona Pancake Rocks and Blowholes -- New Zealand Fingal's Cave -- Scotland
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    The Grand Canyon is the biggest place in North America.

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    The canyon's youngest layer of rock is more than 250 million years old.

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Scientists still don't entirely comprehend the 1.5 billion year history of the Grand Canyon; it's a story of erosion that has created one of the most breathtaking sites in America. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Arizona http://bit.ly/Wz0WhV
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Photographer Stian Rekdal combined thousands of photos to create this time-lapse video showcasing Iceland's natural beauty. He spent three weeks—and more than 3,000 miles—on the road and took more than 40,000 photos. He used about 3,500 of these to make the video. Read the National Geographic interview with Stian Rekdal here: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/08/mesmerizing-timelapse-showcases-icelands-natural-beauty/ VIDEOGRAPHER AND EDITOR: Stian Rekdal, http://www.stianrekdal.com MUSIC: Thomas Tipi
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Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24121 At almost twice the length of the Grand Canyon, the enormous channel was a gushing river before Greenland froze over
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From the dark depths of the ocean to some of the highest peaks on Earth these are the 25 biggest, tallest, deepest, and smallest places in the world! https://twitter.com/list25 https://www.facebook.com/list25 http://list25.com Check out the text version too! - http://list25.com/25-biggest-tallest-deepest-and-smallest-places-in-the-world/ Here's a preview: Deepest Lake -- Lake Baikal Highest Mountain -- Mount Everest Highest mountain from base to peak -- Mauna Kea Point farthest from the center of the Earth -- Mount Chimborazo Lowest point on Earth -- Challenger Deep Highest Waterfall -- Angel Falls Driest place -- Atacama Desert Highest human settlement -- La Rinconada Hottest temperature -- Death Valley Most remote inhabited place on Earth -- Tristan de Cunha Deepest cave -- Krubera Cave Largest vertical drop -- Mount Thor Hottest Inhabited Place -- Dallol, Ethiopia Northern most point of land on Earth -- Kaffeklubben Island Coldest temperature -- Vostok Station, Antarctica Deepest Ice -- Bentley Subglacial Trench Deepest point measured from ground level -- Kola Super Deep Borehole Deepest man made point -- TauTona Mine Coldest inhabited place -- Oymyakon, Russia Highest Road -- Aucanquilcha mining road Highest Mountain Pass -- Marsimik La, India Highest Lake -- Lake Titicaca Most remote island -- Bouvet Island Longest River -- Nile Point furthest from the ocean -- Xinjiang, China
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New imagery reveals Earth's volcanoes. Explore the science and beauty of these natural features. Earth the Bio: Volcanoes : SUN JULY 13 9P et/pt : http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/earth-the-biography
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(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/prime/) Great weather, abundant harvests, fabulous food, some of the world's most cosmopolitan, and romantic, cities -- as well as the world's most critical biodiversity hotspots -- make up what are known as Mediterranean-climate Ecosystems. This episode of the six-part series explores how geology has shaped life in Mediterranean climate ecosystems. Series: "UC Natural Reserve System" [Science] [Show ID: 24603]
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In November 2010, Museum Curator George E. Harlow embarked on a Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition to the Montagua Valley in central Guatemala, a fault zone rich in the precious mineral, jadeite jade. Dr. Harlow and his team of geologists hiked along riverbeds and steep outcrops, collecting rock samples that might provide clues to the evolution of the Caribbean region. The Caribbean originated 120 million years ago, when areas of volcanic islands and ocean floor squeezed past Mexico and South America. In what's known as the Guatemala suture zone, the boundary between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates, geologists have found remnants of both a plate collision and a subduction zone, where an oceanic plate plunged into Earth's mantle. The high pressures of subduction zones help form minerals like jadeite and its host rock, serpentinite. By following the trail of jade in this region, Dr. Harlow and his team are gaining an understanding of the subduction and collisions that occurred throughout the history of Caribbean plate tectonics. During the expedition, the team studied an ophiolite--a piece of sea floor crust emplaced on top of the continent that had not previously been recorded on geological maps. Back at the Museum, Dr. Harlow's team, including Dr. Kennet Flores, a Davis Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is conducting geochemical studies of the rock samples gathered during the expedition. Dr. Harlow anticipates that the results will provide insight into the geological puzzle of Guatemala and open windows for research in other parts of the world. George Harlow's Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition was generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The research described in this video has been supported in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant numbers EAR0309116 and EAR1119403. VIDEO CREDITS: MUSIC "Dazed" by Airtone ILLUSTRATIONS AND MAPS AMNH/E. Chapman Kennet E. Flores George E. Harlow Robert Stern VIDEO: AMNH/J. Bauerle Jamie Newman
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Tweet this video! - http://clicktotweet.com/757aQ Not long ago we came to you with the most incredibly super awesome bucket list of all time and while it included quite a few ridiculous activities (riot tourism?) it didn't mention much in the way of tourism or travel. So, as a gift to all of you globetrotters out there we decided to fix that and put together a list of 25 places you have to see before you die. https://twitter.com/list25 https://www.facebook.com/list25 http://list25.com Check out the text version too! - http://list25.com/25-places-you-have-to-see-before-you-die/ Here's a preview: Tianzi Mountains, China Santorini, Greece Machu Pichu, Peru The Azores The Great Wall, China Petra, Jordan Bagan, Burma Antelope Canyon, Arizona Ayers Rock, Australia Tanah Lot, Indonesia Meteora, Greece Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia Preikestolen, Norway Plitvice Lakes, Croatia The Twelve Apostles, Australia Angel Falls, Venezuela Ha Long Bay, Vietnam Positano, Italy Angkor Wat, Cambodia The Wave, Arizona The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt The Maldives Socotra, Yemen Monument Valley, Utah Phi Phi Islands, Thailand