Travel Trip Journey: The Mysterious Well of Knaresborough

The Mysterious Well of KnaresboroughOn the banks of the river Nidd, near the town of “Knaresborough” in North Yorkshire, is one of the oldest “entrance charging” tourist attraction in England. It’s a scary well that was once believed to have been cursed by the devil, for whatsoever object the dripping waters touched, had been turned to stone. The leaves of creepers, sticks, even dead birds. Folks also observed the side of the well looked like a giant’s skull. Most people escaped it because they thought that they too would be turned to stone if they touched it. The daring ones started leaving everyday objects adjacent the waterfall to watch them slowly turn to stone over just a few weeks.

via Travel Trip Journey: The Mysterious Well of Knaresborough.

The Container Ship Tourism Industry | Atlas Obscura

Robert Rieffel was strolling with his wife and friends along River Street in Savannah, Georgia, a touristy corridor filled with trinket shops and restaurants, when he suddenly heard “this big brooooooooooo,” he says, imitating the sound of a ship’s horn. An enormous cargo ship was sailing up the river, one of many that travel international routes delivering everything from kitty litter to cars to clothes in massive stacks of metal shipping containers. Rieffel was captivated.

via The Container Ship Tourism Industry | Atlas Obscura.

Travel Trip Journey: Cliff Palace: The Largest Cliff Dwelling in North America

The structure of Cliff Palace is built by Ancient Pueblo Peoples located in Mesa Verde National Park. This is former homeland region of Pueblo Peoples actually largest cliff dwelling in North America. The cliff dwelling and park are in the southwestern corner of Colorado, in the Southwestern United States. The beautiful Tree ring dating specifies that construction and refurbishing of Cliff Palace was continuous from c. 1190 CE through c. 1260 CE, though the key portion of the building was done within a 20 year of time span. The ancient Cliff Palace was first discovered in 1888 by “Richard Wetherill” and “Charlie Mason” while out looking for stray cattle. The Cliff Palace was constructed primarily out of sandstone, mortar and wooden beams.

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The Five Creepiest Towns in America | Away.com

Tis the season to be haunted: With the autumnal breezes come shorter days, longer nights, and the harkening of Halloween. As one of the oldest holidays celebrated around the world, Halloween is also the only one that revolves around death, ghosts, and general spookiness. For those curious about where the creepiest of the creepy places are in this relatively young country of ours, fear not! This great land has its fair share of spine-tingling destinations. While ghostly activities may not be a guarantee, the mystique of these destinations alone can enchant naysayers and enrapture the true believers. Here are our top five creepiest towns in America.

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NASA crashes space junk into the moon to save lunar heritage sites

NASA deliberately crashed two decommissioned space craft into the moon today in a controlled landing aimed at preserving heritage sites on the lunar surface.

The twin space ships, named Ebb and Flow, were part of NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to map changes in lunar gravity.

With fuel running so low that jetting out of the moon’s gravitational reach was impossible, the two probes were programmed to crash onto the lunar surface at around 9.30am AEDT today.

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Snoopy Sloop: the unmanned toy boat attempting Atlantic crossing – Telegraph

It sounds like an unlikely conqueror of the Atlantic – only 4ft long, weighing just 30lbs and held together in parts by bathroom light cord.But this week a toy boat called Snoopy Sloop will follow in the wake of Transatlantic pioneers like Christopher Columbus when it attempts to become the first craft to make an unmanned crossing of the ocean.Its creator Robin Lovelock, a retired Nato scientist, has spent four years developing a craft he believes can survive the 6,000 mile journey.

via Snoopy Sloop: the unmanned toy boat attempting Atlantic crossing – Telegraph.

Nature Blows My Mind! Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni Creates World’s Largest Mirror : TreeHugger

This remote location in Southwest Bolivia was on my list for our Nature Blows My Mind series because I love this juxtaposition of barrenness and otherworldliness. When I first saw photos of Bolivia’s stunning salt lake, the Salar de Uyuni, I marveled at a landscape that was both remarkably simple, but also stunningly beautiful. While it is normally an arid, barren surface of salt, creating one of the least inhabitable areas of the world, during the rainy season, Salar de Uyuni becomes one of the world’s largest mirrors.

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NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Delivers Detailed View Of Mount Sharp With Telephoto Lens | TPM Idea Lab

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover has one specific feature on the Red Planet in its sights: Mount Sharp, a 3.4-mile high Martian mountain located near the rover’s landing site. Both are found inside Gale Crater, itself a 96-mile-wide shallow depression over which liquid water may have once flowed in the ancient history of Mars.

On Monday, NASA released a new batch of images snapped by the unmanned rover, including several new highly detailed shots of Mount Sharp, presently located about 15 miles south of the rover.

via NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover Delivers Detailed View Of Mount Sharp With Telephoto Lens | TPM Idea Lab.

Talking about Life floods back into outback – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

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Life floods back into outback – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The massive flood across western Queensland may have caused millions of dollars of damage, but it has been a godsend for native animals and plants.The floodwaters are driving a flush of vegetation which is changing the outback landscape. Waterbirds are already colonising lakes that have been empty for years, and native mammals are beginning to breed.Moisture is being pumped into what was once cracked, dusty earth and sprouts of vegetation are appearing.Max Tischler, an ecologist from Bush Heritage Australia, has spent the past day flying over the submerged outback including the Diamantina and Mulligan Rivers on the Queensland-Northern Territory border