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Old 10-14-2012, 09:34 PM   #1321
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The Richat Structure (Mauritania)
This spectacular landform in Mauritania in the southwestern part of the Sahara desert, called the Richat Structure, is so huge
with a diameter of 30 miles that it is visible from space. The formation was originally thought to be caused by a meteorite impact
but now geologists believe it is a product of uplift and erosion. The cause of its circular shape is still a mystery.



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Blood Pond Hot Spring (Japan)
Blood Pond Hot Spring is one of the “hells” (jigoku) of Beppu, Japan, nine spectacular natural hot springs that are more for viewing
rather than bathing. The “blood pond hell” features a pond of hot, red water, colored as such by iron in the waters.
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Vale da Lua (Brazil)

Vale da Lua (Moon Valley) is a water eroded rock formation with natural swimming pools, placed on a river in the brazilian cerrado forest.
Located at Chapada, 38 km from Alto Paraíso de Goiás, it’s rock formations are one of the oldest on the planet, made of quartz with outcrops of crystals.


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In the hot sun of summer, the water of Spotted Lake, located in British Columbia and Washington, evaporates and crystallizes the minerals,
forming many white-rimmed circles: shallow pools that reflect the mineral content of the water in shades of blues and greens.
It contains one of the worlds highest concentrations of minerals: magnesium sulphate (Epsom salts), calcium and sodium sulphates,
plus eight other minerals and traces of four more, including silver and titanium.
The Indians soaked away aches and ailments in the healing mud and waters


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The giant opencast mines of Rio Tinto create a surreal, almost lunar landscape. Its growth has consumed not only mountains and valleys
but even entire villages, whose populations had to be resettled in specially built towns nearby. Named after the river which flows through
the region-itself named for the reddish streaks that colour its water-Rio Tinto has become a landscape within a landscape.
The river red water is highly acidic (pH 1.7—2.5) and rich in heavy metals.


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dry valleys antarctica

Antarctica’s Dry Valleys, with their barren gravel-strewn floors, are said to be the most similar place on Earth to Mars. Its fascinating landscape,
located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound, get almost no snowfall, and except for a few steep rocks they are the only continental part
of Antarctica devoid of ice. The terrain looks like something not of this Earth; the valley’s floor occasionally contains a perennially frozen
lake with ice several meters thick. Under the ice, in the extremely salty water, live mysterious simple organisms, a subject of on-going research.

The climate is harsh, hot and dry, and yet – the most amazing plant life thrives there. Situated in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km
from Yemen, the wide sandy beaches rise to limestone plateaus full of caves (some 7 kilometers in length) and mountains up to 1525 meters high.
The trees and plants of this island were preserved thru the long geological isolation, some varieties being 20 million years old.


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This weird place in located in Turkmenistan, where only brave people dare to go. It is an abandoned mine, whose exploitation was held.
There is a big hole, submitting gas, and people decided to set a fire and let the gas burn, but what a surprise – the gas is still burning!
The diameter of the hole is about 70 meters and really resembles the idea of hell. Miners, who in 1971 decided to burn the gas and continue
working in the mine, were thinking that it will be over for some days but now, so many years after, hell’s door is still covered with flames




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Since we are discussing giant holes, the Lonar Lake in India was in fact created by a meteor hitting the earth more than 12,000 years ago. Wonder what the pagans from that period would have thought when it happened. 'Egad, the sky is falling on our heads! God's wrath etc!'

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The Richat Structure (Mauritania)
This spectacular landform in Mauritania in the southwestern part of the Sahara desert, called the Richat Structure, is so huge
with a diameter of 30 miles that it is visible from space. The formation was originally thought to be caused by a meteorite impact
but now geologists believe it is a product of uplift and erosion. The cause of its circular shape is still a mystery.



I don't think the shape is a mystery. If you uplift horizontal sedimentary rocks above a point source the different hardnesses of the sedimentary layers will produce circular structures when eroded.
I worked in a gold mine in the Caribbean that formed in one of these ''maar'' structures. The description of the geology in Wikipedia is very similar to the geology at the mine.
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I don't think the shape is a mystery. If you uplift horizontal sedimentary rocks above a point source the different hardnesses of the sedimentary layers will produce circular structures when eroded.
I worked in a gold mine in the Caribbean that formed in one of these ''maar'' structures. The description of the geology in Wikipedia is very similar to the geology at the mine.
My knowledge on the subject is close to zero, I still find it kind of mystery. Either way, it is beautiful.

p.s- thats sound pretty cool but scary
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It was open pit, just like a quarry. Nothing underground. It was the biggest open pit gold mine in the world in its day. And recently it reopened to mine another 34 billion dollars worth of gold!
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It was open pit, just like a quarry. Nothing underground. It was the biggest open pit gold mine in the world in its day. And recently it reopened to mine another 34 billion dollars worth of gold!
wowww thats a lot of dollars

cn u search for a pic?
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cn u search for a pic?
I don't know how to download the pics. www.barrack.com has a video and pics that show the huge scale of the project. When I was there I was fascinated that our office was built right beside some old Spanish ruins. On the website, pics 29 and 30 show they are now doing archaeological work and the ruins are from the time of Columbus. So this may be the source of the very first gold to reach Spain from the New World.
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