The Cancun Underwater Museum MUSA (above) is a Non Profit Organization based in Cancun Mexico devoted to the Art of Conservation. There are currently a total of 500 sculptures in three different galleries submerged between three and six meters comprise its collection, as of 2013. This project began in November 2009 with a hundred statues placed in the shallow waters of the Cancun National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms. Continue reading for more awesome interactive Google Street View maps you never knew existed.
7. CERN’s Large Hadron Collider – Switzerland
Most of the activities at CERN are currently directed towards operating the new Large Hadron Collider (LHC), and the experiments for it. The LHC represents a large-scale, worldwide scientific cooperation project. The LHC tunnel is located 100 metres underground, in the region between the Geneva International Airport and the nearby Jura mountains. It uses the 27 km circumference circular tunnel previously occupied by LEP which was closed down in November 2000. CERN’s existing PS/SPS accelerator complexes will be used to pre-accelerate protons which will then be injected into the LHC.
6. Taierzhuang Ancient Town – China
Tai’erzhuang District is one of five districts under the administration of the prefecture-level city of Zaozhuang. The district is located in the south of Shandong Province, in northeastern China. It covers an area of 538 km2 and has a population of 290,000. The district was the site of the Battle of Taierzhuang fought between the armies of the Chinese Kuomintang and Japan in 1938 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The former site of the battle has been listed as a national monument of the People’s Republic of China since 2006.
5. Emirates A380 – UAE
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner manufactured by Airbus. It is the world’s largest passenger airliner, and the airports at which it operates have upgraded facilities to accommodate it. As of October 31, 2014, Airbus has received 318 firm orders and delivered 144 aircraft; Emirates has the most A380s on firm order with 140.
4. Wieliczka Salt Mine – Poland
The Wieliczka Salt Mine, located in the town of Wieliczka in southern Poland, lies within the Krakow metropolitan area. The mine, built in the 13th century, produced table salt continuously until 2007, as one of the world’s oldest salt mines still in operation. From its beginning and throughout its existence, the Royal mine was run by the Zupy krakowskie Salt Mines. Commercial mining was discontinued in 1996 due to low salt prices and mine flooding. The mine’s attractions include dozens of statues, three chapels and an entire cathedral that has been carved out of the rock salt by the miners. The oldest sculptures are augmented by the new carvings by contemporary artists. About 1.2 million people visit the Wieliczka Salt Mine annually.
3. Swiss Alps – Bergun / Bravuogn, Switzerland
The Alpine region of Switzerland, conventionally referred to as the Swiss Alps, represents a major natural feature of the country and is, alongside with the Swiss Plateau and the Swiss portion of the Jura Mountains, one of its three main physiographic regions. The Swiss Alps comprise all the mountains of Switzerland over 2,000 metres above sea level and almost all the highest mountains of the Alps, such as Monte Rosa (4,634 m), the Dom (4,545 m), the Lyskamm (4,527 m), the Weisshorn (4,506 m) and the Matterhorn (4,478 m). The other following major summits can be found in List of mountains of Switzerland.
2. Burj Khalifa – UAE
The Burj Khalifa is a super skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It’s currently the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). Burj Khalifa is highly compartmentalized. Pressurized, air-conditioned refuge floors are located approximately every 35 floors where people can shelter on their long walk down to safety in case of an emergency or fire. Special mixes of concrete are made to withstand the extreme pressures of the massive building weight; as is typical with reinforced concrete construction, each batch of concrete used was tested to ensure it could withstand certain pressures. CTLGroup, working for SOM, conducted the creep and shrinkage testing critical for the structural analysis of the building.
1. Everest South Base Camp – Nepal
The Everest Base Camp trek on the south side is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas and is visited by thousands of trekkers each year. Trekkers usually fly from Kathmandu to Lukla to save time and energy before beginning the morning trek to this base camp. However, one can even trek to Lukla. From Lukla, climbers trek upward to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, 3,440 metres (11,290 ft), following the valley of the Dudh Kosi river. The village is a central hub of the area,This takes about two days. Typically at this point, climbers allow a day of rest for acclimatization. They then trek another two days to Dingboche, 4,260 metres (13,980 ft) before resting for another day for further acclimatization. Another two days takes them to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep, the flat field below Kala Patthar, 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) and Mt. Pumori.