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Ivinghoe Beacon seen looking north from The Ridgeway (author: Pointillist, 2009).

Chiltern Hills, England

    The Chiltern Hills form a chalk escarpment in South East England. They are known locally as "the Chilterns". A large portion of the hills was designated officially as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965.           Location The Chilterns cover an area of 833 km2 (322 sq mi). They are 18 km (11 mi) wide at their

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Autumn Yamantau (author: Tsibin Konstantin, 2014).

Bashkortostan, Rusia

  The Republic of Bashkortostan (Russian: Респу́блика Башкортоста́н, tr. Respublika Bashkortostan; IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə bəʂkərtɐˈstan]; Bashkir: Башҡортостан Республикаһы, Başqortostan Respublikahı), also known as Bashkiria (Russian: Башки́рия, tr. Bashkiriya; IPA: [bɐʂˈkʲirʲɪjə]) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). It is located between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains. Its capital is the city

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Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine as seen from the Park Hyatt Tokyo

Meiji Shrine,Tokyo

  Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū), located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine does not contain the emperor's grave, which is located at Fushimi-momoyama, south of Kyoto.           History     After the emperor's death in 1912, the

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The remains of the D-shaped towers that formed the inner ward's gatehouse keep

Ceredigion and Devil’s Bridge, England

  Ceredigion (Welsh pronunciation: [kɛrɛˈdɪɡjɔn]) is a county in Mid Wales. In the Middle Ages, it was a minor kingdom also known for a time as Seisyllwg. Following its Norman conquest, the name was anglicised to Cardigan and then Cardiganshire (Welsh: Sir Aberteifi) and it began to be administered as a county

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View from Cliff Tops atop Mount LeConte (author: Aviator31, 2007).

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

  The Great Smoky Mountains are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border in the southeastern United States. They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains, and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province. The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly shortened

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Red crab eating dry leaves on Christmas Island (author: John Tann, 2011).

Christmas Island National Park and Red Crab, Australia

    Christmas Island, officially the Territory of Christmas Island, is an external territory of the Commonwealth of Australia located in Christmas Island, comprising the island of the same name. It has a population of 2,072 residents, who live mainly in settlements on the northern tip of the island, including Flying Fish

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View of Lake Ontario from Toronto's CN Tower, showing Toronto Harbour, Toronto Islands, and the island airport (author: Janus Bahs Jacquet, 2008).

Lake Ontario, Canada-US

    Lake Ontario (French: Lac Ontario) is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is surrounded on the north, west, and southwest by the Canadian province of Ontario, and on the south and east by the American state of New York, whose water boundaries meet in the middle

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Lake Bled, Slovenia, taken from western end of lake at twilight, Oct. 2013 (author: Edwardwexler, 2013).

Lake Bled, Slovenia

      Lake Bled (Slovene: Blejsko jezero; German: Bleder See, Veldeser See) is a lake in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The area is a tourist destination. The lake is 35 km (22 mi) from Ljubljana International Airport and 55 km (34 mi)

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Parlick, in Lancashire, England (author: Dr Greg, 2007).

Forest of Bowland, The Bowland Fells, England

    The Forest of Bowland, also known as the Bowland Fells, is an area of barren gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland, mostly in north-east Lancashire, England with a small part in North Yorkshire (before 1974, some of the area was in the West Riding of Yorkshire). It was once

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial (phot: taga on absfreepics.com)

Rushmore Mountain, South Dakota, USA

  Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a granite batholith formation in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, United States. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United

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Leshan Giant Budha, Sichuan, China

  The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The Leshan Giant Buddha (simplified Chinese: 乐山大佛; traditional Chinese: 樂山大佛; pinyin: Lèshān Dàfó) is a 71-metre (233 ft) tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803 (during the Tang Dynasty),

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The Richat Structure in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania view from Landsat-7 satellite(source: USGS, 2008 ).

The Eye Of Sahara, The Richat Structure, Mauritania

  The Richat Structure, also known as The Eye of the Sahara and Guelb er Richat, is a prominent circular feature in the Sahara near Ouadane, west–central Mauritania.           The Richat Structure is a deeply eroded, slightly elliptical dome with a diameter of 40 kilometres (25 mi). The sedimentary rock exposed in this dome

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The Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India

            The Ajanta Caves site are mentioned in the memoirs of several medieval era Chinese Buddhist travelers to India and by a Mughal era official of Akbar era in early 17th century.They were covered by jungle until accidentally "discovered" and brought to the Western attention in 1819 by a colonial British

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View of the Zabriskie Point on Death Valley National Park (photo: marabu on absfreepic.com).

Death Valley National Park, Utah

    Death Valley National Park is a national park in the United States. Straddling the border of California and Nevada, located east of the Sierra Nevada, it occupies an interface zone between the arid Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. The park protects the northwest corner of the

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Mount's Bay from helicopter (author: Tom Corser, 2009).

Isles of Scilly, England

  The Isles of Scilly (/ˈsɪli/; Cornish: Syllan or Enesek Syllan) are an archipelago off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. It is the southernmost location in England and the United Kingdom, as well as the most westerly in England. The population of all the islands at the

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The Three Sisters sandstone rock formation, one of the region's best-known attractions (author: JJ Harrison, 2010).

Blue Mountains, New South Wales

  The Blue Mountains are a dissected plateau carved in sandstone bedrock. They are now a series of ridge lines separated by gorges up to 760 metres (2,490 ft) deep. The highest point in the Blue Mountains, as it is now defined, is an unnamed point with an elevation of 1,189 m (3,901 ft)

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Zion National Park, Utah

  Zion National Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to half a mile (800 m) deep, cut through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of

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The Tunnel View is the first view of the Valley for many visitors and is extensively photographed

Yosemite National Park

  Yosemite National Park is one of the largest and least fragmented habitat blocks in the Sierra Nevada, and the park supports a diversity of plants and animals. The park has an elevation range from 2,127 to 13,114 feet (648 to 3,997 m) and contains five major vegetation zones: chaparral/oak woodland, lower

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Eastern shore of Lake Baikal Svyatoy Nos Island Holly Nose top elevation 1877 m

Lake Baikal, Largest and Deepest Lake in the World

  Lake Baikal (Russian: о́зеро Байка́л, tr. Ozero Baykal; IPA: [ˈozʲɪrə bɐjˈkɑl]; Buryat: Байгал нуур, Mongolian: Байгал нуур, Baygal nuur, etymologically meaning, in Mongolian, "the Nature Lake") is a rift lake in Russia, located in southern Siberia, between Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast.   Records : -The largest

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American bison grazing in Jackson Hole

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

  Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres (480 sq mi; 130,000 ha; 1,300 km2), the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. It is only

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The township of Akaroa a quaint French influenced settlement on Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand

Akaroa, New Zealand

  Akaroa is a small town on Banks Peninsula in the Canterbury region of the South Island of New Zealand, situated within a harbour of the same name. The name Akaroa is Kāi Tahu Māori for "Long Harbour", which would be spelled "Whangaroa" in standard Māori.   Overview   Akaroa is 84 kilometres (52 mi)

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Lake Te Anau, The South Island, New Zealand

Fiordland, New Zealand

  Fiordland National Park occupies the southwest corner of the South Island of New Zealand. It is the largest of the 14 national parks in New Zealand, with an area of 12,500 km2, and a major part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. The park is administered by the Department

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The 155 m Stirling Falls were named after the captain of the HMS Clio

Milford Sound, New Zealand

  Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations

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Lake Superior, creating access to the wonders of the Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Apostle Islands, Bayfield Peninsula, Wisconsin

  The Apostle Islands are a group of 22 islands in Lake Superior, off the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin. The majority of the islands are located in Ashland County—only Sand, York, Eagle, and Raspberry Islands are located in Bayfield County. All the islands except for Madeline Island are part of

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The Duomo Church.

Pienza, Tuscany, Central Italy

  Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance

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Rice terraces of Ueyama in Ojiro, Kami

San’in Kaigan Geopark, Japan.

The San'in Kaigan Geopark (山陰海岸ジオパーク?) is a geopark in Japan. The area was declared a Japanese Geopark in 2008, and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2010. The underlying themes of the geopark are "geological features, the natural environment, people's lives, and the formation of the Sea of Japan". This geologically

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Yellowstone Park landscape

Yellowstone National Park, USA.

  Yellowstone National Park is a national park located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone, the first National Park in the U.S.

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Nikkō National Park (日光国立公園 Nikkō Kokuritsu Kōen)

Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall,Nikko,Tochigi, Japan  (photo : uraomote yamaneko). Nikkō National Park (日光国立公園 Nikkō Kokuritsu Kōen) is a national park in the Kantō region, on the main island of Honshū in Japan. The park spreads over four prefectures: Tochigi, Gunma, Fukushima, and Niigata, and was established in 1934. History The establishment of

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Ogród Botaniczny Polskiej Akademii Nauk w Warszawie (aurthor: Albertyanks, 2012).

The PAN Botanical Garden in Powsin, Warsaw, Poland

  Located at ulica Prawdziwka 2 in Powsin (on the southern border of Warsaw, in the direction of Konstancin). With an area of about 40 hectares, the botanical garden came into existence in 1974, thanks to the initiative of the PAN President, the instigator of this small 'revolt' in horticulture was Professor

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