Didja’ know the Earth has natural wonders that are newly discovered? I know that sounds trite, but I found that FOXNews.com piece fascinating.
We can thank Google Earth, and the people who like to study random stuff* on it for these:
This is Kamil Crater, created within the last 5,000 years, found in 2008 and first visited in 2010, and regarded as the best preserved meteor crater on Earth.
Then there’s newly created Asik-Asik Falls:
This wasn’t even there in 2008. There had been trees rooting into the groundwater behind this cliff; when a typhoon tore the trees down, out poured a new waterfall.
Also pictured and discussed are:
- The largest cave in the world (discovered in 1991), and first explored in 2009.
- Well-known cave paintings recently determined to be most ancient ones known (and possibly predating homo sapiens sapiens … you know … us)
- A new rainforest first visited in 2013 (talk about a lost world), and somehow they missed the largest rainforest in southern Africa until spotting it in 2005.
- Lost in the jungle, a Mayan temple complex first visited in 1977,
- And a temple/city in Cambodia, known from historical records, but first mapped in 2013.
* I’ve posted about both seeing my dog on Google Earth, and also me personally on Google Streetview. FWIW: our dog is not visible on the current image; but it’s sharper and you can make out potted plants and our grill.