Mount Nyiragongo is an active stratovolcano located inside Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nyiragongo's lava lake has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in recent history. The depth of the lava lake varies considerably. A maximum elevation of the lava lake was recorded at about 3,250 m (10,660 ft) prior to the January 1977 eruption - a lake depth of about 600 m (2,000 ft). Continue reading for more amazing facts.
Greeted by a canopy of umbrellas, you'd think you stepped inside a fairytale, but all of this is real, and can be found in Portugal. This festival is held every July in the city of Agueda, Portugal, and draws thousands who come to the city to enjoy the numerous art exhibits and concerts. This year we see a softer palette with sprinkles of purples and pinks, compared to the darker primary colors of last year. Continue reading for more.
The Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city of the Median Empire in the Derinkuyu district in Nevsehir Province, Turkey. It extends to a depth of approximately 60m and was large enough to shelter approximately 20,000 people together with their livestock and food stores. This is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is one of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia. Continue reading for more.
Blaine Gibson of Austin-based production studio Rooster Teeth, recently took a trip to Disney World, but was getting tired of taking normal photos with the characters. So, he stopped by a local Walmart to purchase a fake engagement ring and then went around the resort to propose to all of his favorite characters, including Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, Jasmine, Tinkerbell, and even Gaston. If you're wonder who he eventually gave the ring to, here's what Gibson revealed: "I ended up giving the ring to Tink[erbell] because she was my last princess. She, Rapunzel, and Ariel won my heart." Continue reading to see all the photos.
Vestmannaeyjar is a stunning archipelago off of the southern coast of Iceland, and within that archipelago is a small island known as Ellioaey. What sets this small island apart from the others is a single cabin situated right on the side. This may not seem that strange once you know that the island was once inhabited by five families that subsisted by fishing, hunting puffins, and raising cattle, approximately 300-years ago. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Many people associate the term, blue lagoon with the 1980s Randal Kleiser film "The Blue Lagoon" starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins, but this one in Iceland is the real deal. This is Iceland's most popular attraction, thanks to the perfect 102 degree water temperature year round, and the many vital minerals which have been "proven to include a medicinal bonus." The blueish glow comes from the minerals contained within the white silica mud. Continue reading for more.
This is not a dream, just Plitvice Lakes National Park, the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. It was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. Continue reading for more.
Spreepark was an entertainment park in the north of the Planterwald in the Berlin district Treptow-Kopenick (formerly part of the GDR-controlled East Berlin). It's been closed for over a decade and was previously listed on eBay for a cool €1.62-million, before it burned down this week. The entertainment park was opened in 1969 as Kulturpark Planterwald, covering an area of 29.5 hectares. The area is situated in the north of the Planterwald, next to the river Spree. It was the only constant entertainment park in the GDR, and the only such park in either East or West Berlin. Continue reading for an in-depth 20-minute look inside.
Astronaut uploaded Oleg Artemyev, currently stationed inside the International Space Station, captured the supermoon passing the Earth. This supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor shower, one of the most anticipated events on the skywatcher's calendar. It will be up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons during the year, but according to Dr Bill Cooke from Nasa's Meteoroid Environment Office: "Lunar glare wipes out the black-velvety backdrop required to see faint meteors, and sharply reduces counts." Continue reading for more.
What you're looking at above is an amazing photo of Little Italy, a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, in 1900. In 1910 Little Italy had almost 10,000 Italians; that was the peak of the community's Italian population. At the turn of the 20th century over 90% of the residents of the Fourteenth Ward were of Italian birth or origins. In 2010, Little Italy and Chinatown were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. As of 2014, Little Italy is on the verge of extinction. Continue reading for more.