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    Birdbath in motion

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    "Butterfly keeper Heather Prince holds one of a newly-emerged Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas) a Chester Zoo. With a wingspan of 30cm it is the largest moth species in the world." (Picture: Peter Byrne/PA)

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      30 cm is almost 12 inches!

    Giant Crystal Cave: National Geographic

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    Located in the Island in the Sky district of the Canyonlands National Park ("Sacred Window" by Nagesh Mahadev, via 500px)

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    "Algerian Abstract- 4 August 1985 - What look like pale yellow paint streaks slashing through a mosaic of mottled colors are ridges of wind-blown sand that make up Erg Iguidi, an area of ever-shifting sand dunes extending from Algeria into Mauritania in northwestern Africa." Picture: Landsat/NASA/Rex / Rex Features

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    Sometimes language fails completely.

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    A Milky Way Shadow at Loch Ard Gorge (Australia) Credit & Copyright: Alex Cherney (Terrastro) via NASA on Tumblr

    APOD: 2010 August 23 - A Milky Way Shadow at Loch Ard Gorge

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    From: Clouds That Look Like Things (a new book from the Cloud Appreciation Society)

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    Little Petroglyph Canyon, hidden high in the Coso Mountains of Inyo County west of Death Valley.

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    "Fractales en la naturaleza: Arbol"

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    Nazca lines

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    Engravings on a cliff-side mark one widely accepted site of Chibi, near present-day Chibi City, Hubei. The engravings are at least a thousand years old.

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    Natural symmetry . . . (Petra - Jordania)

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    An aerial photo of rivulets at the Langjökul glacier (Iceland)

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    Would love to know what/where this is!

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    The Fire Rainbow ~ Kuriositas "To name it properly, a fire rainbow is a circumhorizontal arc. It is also known as a circumhorizon arc but whichever you chose, scientists (and aficionados) call it a CHA. It is given its name because it looks as if a rainbow has spontaneously combusted as it made its way across the sky."

    The Fire Rainbow

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    General Carrera Lake, shared by Argentina and Chile, is the deepest lake in South America. Its waters are beautiful, "a glittering combination of emerald, turquoise, aquamarine and azure. . . . Along its banks, directly below the Andes, sheer marble cliffs present themselves to further astound the visitor. Over the millennia they have been weathered and folded to create a stunning cathedral of marble."

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    Petroglyphs on a wall at Nevada's dramatic Valley of Fire State Park--just an hour from Las Vegas!

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    "About 250 years before work began on Egypt's ostentatious Great Pyramid of Giza, the early settlers of Orkney, off the north coast of Scotland, were building impressive stone chambers of their own - and burying them under mounds of dirt. Now, intensive laser scanning makes it possible to virtually peel away the mud, revealing one of those chambers in all its glory."

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    Ethereal meets surreal . . .

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    unreal!

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    One of the ancient "hill figures" found in the British Isles: the white horse of Uffington (374 feet long, and probably created originally between 1400 and 600 BC)

    Uffington White Horse: Mysterious Places in Britain

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    This is Carloway Broch, on the Island of Lewis in Scotland looking something like a broken tooth on the jaw of the island. It's a fortified home built during the Iron Age some 2,100 years ago. Much of the stone from the broch will have been used by locals over the centuries to build their cottages. Brochs, unique to Scotland, are dry-stone, twin-walled, round towers up to 30m across and 15m high. In 2004 a broch was built by the West of Scotland Dry Walling Association www.wsdswa.org.uk

    A Journey Through Beautiful Homes

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    Petroglyphs: Mesa Verde

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