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While it is fairly familiar to us as our home, the Earth is apparently anything but your everyday planet. That is why we are habituated to Earth as our home in the universe; but in fact, this planet is the definition of exotic. In this account, we look at the most bizarre aspects of the Earth’s physical geography that may appear to defy natural order or human logic.
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what exactly were your thoughts as you were recording the lake island lake island lake island hahaha. you seem deeply troubled by either the correct amounts of lakes or islands you must speak about or something else.. please explain lol. <3
I always say Earth is likely among the most interesting and beautiful planets in the galaxy. We know of no other place even remotely like it in the universe, yet. Mercury is pretty dull. Mars has some incredible volcanoes and canyons, but still relatively boring in general. Venus might have once looked similar to Earth before Earth developed life, but now it's kind of blah. Earth is like an oasis in the vast desert of the universe.
damn, youtube subtitle refuses to hear you as english in this video !
trying to change nederlands to english, the only result was that the extreme weird subtitle suddenly were auto-translated in english, leading to even weirder subtitels with no connection whatsoever to what been said in the video :D
A natural bridge (London Bridge) that existed along the Great Ocean Rd at Port Campbell Vic Australia collapsed into the sea in 1990 isolating the smaller natural bridge (London Arch). This was 6 weeks after a helicopter crashed into one end of (London Bridge). Now trapped on the new island two tourists had to be rescued by a police helicopter
re the giant crystals - I read that they've stopped growing because the liquid the cave was filled with has been drained by humans. So we'll never know how much bigger they could have got. Way to go, H Sapiens.
04:18 - Fortress of Solitude, I seen it in Superman: the movie. Why are they not respecting Superman's privacy, damn, dude intentionally named it the Fortress of Solitude. You just can't win with you motherfckers.
surprised how many things that should have been on this list, but weren't, rather than some of the more boring ones here, cases in point: the mirror lakes in Bolivia, the rainbow creek in Columbia(or Venezuela), those razor sharp spiky rock spires in Madagascar, and of course who could ever leave out Yellowstone
New Hampshire boasts two rock formations one of which is unfortunately no longer with us. The old man of the mountain fell over a decade ago after several attempts to save him. The second is called Indian head. There is a tall fire tower style structure that gives tourist a prime view of a Native American Chief protruding from the side of a mountain surrounded my fantastic foliage.
Simon: please go back to citing measurements in metrics, not Imperial. I live in the USA, and grew up (as a Baby Boomer) with inches, feet, yards...now the ROW is totally metric, we need to get there ourselves. Our Military uses metric, and our science also. You would be doing us a great service by chucking out Imperial measurements and making us think metric. Thank you.
0:28 - Canada is the 4th largest country by land area after Russia, China and US, not the 2nd largest. Canada and the US often adds lakes and territorial waters into size figures to be placed ahead of China but by land size alone, China is comfortably larger.
A minor quibble - the crystal formations aren't stalactites or stalagmites, which form from dripping water in dry chambers. The crystals formed in a supersaturated solution of gypsum - the chamber was flooded until, I believe, a mine passage caused it to drain. Stewart - Jamaican Caves Organisation.
If you read about astronomy, you will find that in our solar system that there are many, many strange things that occur there as well; much like how strange things occur here. For instance, Jupiter Great Red spot, the Saturn Hexagon, Martian blue-berries, water on the moon, the 4th of July storms of Saturn, and pancakes on Venus etc etc etc.
This is an electric universe. Check out the Thunderbolts Project, and Eric P. Dollard. Earth was sculpted by arc-blasted plasma discharges and hypersonic shockwave harmonics. All the features we see on earth have been replicated in the lab. The mainstream models are, not surprisingly, crumbling.
Would have been a much better video if so much of the screen area hadn't been given over to the narrator at the expense of the geographical topic. I can listen to him; not sure why I have to watch him talk as well. Thumbs down.
When is TopTenz going to realize that the whole world except the USA is using the metric system and Celsius? It is very impolitie to keep using the insane system of feet and stones. Are Americans oblivious of the existence of people outside of their county/ country?
What I find interesting in your answer is that such an answer can only be given by somebody who has been told the nonsense of government propaganda. One can make anything ridiculous, that is a prime faculty of the human being. It is funny and eases the mind. Trump is brilliant in playing this human weakness, which makes happy and sad at the same time. "Build a wall!" "Lock her up!" "I sold $110 billion of weapons to the Saoudi's." "I create jobs by giving $1.5 trillion of your money to the millionaires and billionaires of this country!!" The more ridiculous it is, the more Americans seem to love it. I am 98% certain Trump will be re-elected.
It does not matter how it is defined, it is arbitrary but once decided upon, all other measurements, like spaces and volumes are extremely easy to calculate. How many cubic feet go into a cubic mile? In the metric system, it is simply a matter of adding some zero's. By the way, how old are you? You sound young. And how is the American system called? It must have an attractive name, I gather. Originally, the metric system was based on a piece of metal in Paris, a meter and a kilogram at 4 degrees celsius. But these metal objects, copied and sent all over the world, changed with temperature and different gravity pull. So scientists have been looking for an objective norm. It is not defined by light, by the way, but by a number of silicium atoms and that seems to give a stable measurement all through the sciences and our view of the Universe, except the USA of course. :-D
Americans aren't "oblivious to the existence of [other] people..." We simply don't care. We're Americans; you're not.
Besides, when it come to measurements, the metric system is even more bizarre than anything ever devised. A meter is defined as "...the distance traveled in a vacuum by light in 1/299,792,458 seconds..." Boy, THERE'S a easy to understand definition. Stupid.
I feel like you may have missed one of the most interesting things about the crystal caves. The combination of heat and humidity in there will result in an unprotected individual drowning as the surface of your lungs is cooler than the surrounding air so the water in the air will condense there. That's why everyone in those photos are wearing suits. They'd drown in the air otherwise.
absolutely fabulous information on an equally fabulous subject matter. but my dear handsome man, you are addressing a world audience. Perplexed therefor we all are to hear measurements in Feet and Fahrenheit . USA get with it.
Dear Calichef1962, You are correct, these hexagonal basalt column occur in most places where slowly cooled extinct volcanoes have been weathered down to an almost flat landscape.
I live in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia and between here and the coast there are many of these basalt hills. Clearly this was a volcanic region some tens or hundreds of millions of years ago. One hill is call Mt Jim Crow and can be climbed easily. Down at the coast at the Rosslyn Bay Marina there is another mound of hex columns.
Not many people seem to know the connection between these hex columns and slowly cooling basalt within a volcano.
Hi there TopTenz, In your description of the Giants Causeway we describe the lava columns as having been the result of "rapidly cooling volcanic basalt rock". I think you'll find that the giant hexagonal crystal columns are the result of relatively slow cooling. In general fast cooling results in small crystals and slow cooling results in large crystals. Have a nice day.
Entertaining video, but the choice of Victoria Island's island-lake-island etc. is odd considering that there is a much more bizarre natural wonder not far from it. On the mainland south of Victoria Island can be found the Smoking Hills (sometimes called Burning Cliffs). These are coal seams that have been burning at least since they were spotted by John Franklin in 1826, and probably much longer.
It's a nice video but I'm worried that this is the kind of guy who would tailgate you on the freeway or not be so selfless in sharing the public roads with you. Or just like the Mormons in Utah who jump the check out line in front of you at Walmart as a sign of their intolerance and lack of acceptance of you
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