On this particular #ImmortalMonday I am catching a flight home from what was an amazing writers’ conference in Dallas. While I’m waiting in long airline security lines, and seating in cramped quarters for several hours, you get this fun video to contemplate. History is full of events that have left us wondering. There are artifacts that create more questions than they ever manage to satisfy with answers. Here are a few you may not have heard of until now…
Which one of these top ten made the biggest impact on you? Is there another mystery you feel should have made the list?
Interesting facts: (in order of the video)
- The waters of the Rio Tinto River flow red due to the high concentration of ferric iron. The concentration is at its highest between June and September. It’s 100km long (roughly 62 miles) and runs from the city of Pena de Hierro in Southwestern Spain out to the Atlantic Ocean in Huela.
- Salar de Leonie in Bolivia is the largest desert of salt in the world. There is a thin layer of brine covering the salt’s surface reflecting its surrounding. This is because the Salar was formed by the transformation of several prehistoric lakes.
- The unique spotted feature of Lake Kliluk Osoyoos is due to the rich concentration of minerals that led the Native Americans to view the area as sacred. Indians used the healing waters and muds to soak away their ailments. The color of each individual pool will vary depending on the type and concentration of the minerals present.
- Socotra is one of the most isolated landforms on Earth of continental origin. In the 90’s a team of United Nations biologists conducted a survey and counted nearly 700 endemic species not found anywhere else on earth. The dragon’s blood tree is one worth noting. It’s a strange-looking, umbrella-shaped tree. The ancients once thought its red sap to be the blood of a dragon.
- The dry valleys of Antarctica are some of the coldest and driest places on our planet. Ice free zones such as these allow geologists to collect fossils of ancient life and rock samples, providing them peaks into multi-million year’s worth of history.
- The Blood Pond Hot Springs in Japan are natural hot springs that are a wondrous red due to the iron content of the water. It is also considered one of the hells in Beppu, Japan. The temperature runs very hot, making the springs unsuitable for bathing.
- Vale da Lua (Valley of the Moon) is a culmination of unique smooth rocks formed by river and lava flow. On private property in Brazil, it’s near Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. Many think the stones actually look like lunar rocks.
- The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara became a landmark for shuttle crews. At one time it was thought to be the result of a meteorite impact. Scientist now believe it’s a natural, symmetrical uplift laid bare by erosion.
- China’s stone forest, Shilin National Park, rises out of the ground like hardened trees. It covers a 350 sq. km area (almost 217.5 miles). Over the years the stone has become hollow. As a result, one finds many caves, sinkholes and areas with springs.
- The Eisriesenwelt ice caves in Werfen, Austria is the largest ice cave in the world. Eisriesenwelt is German for “World of the Ice Giants.” Only the first Kilometer of the cave is covered in ice. It’s this area that is open to tourist. Beyond that the cave is limestone.
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