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10 Places You Never Imagined Existed…Until Now!

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There are many wonders in the world, many of which you do not know exists until you come across them. Such 10 locations will encourage every adventurous wanderer to venture into the beauty of lesser known corners of the planet.

The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

‘The Door to Hell,’ a vast molten cavity known as the Darvaza crater which opened in northern Turkmenistan’s desert 40 years ago and has been burning ever since.

The history is contested, but the most generally accepted explanation is that in 1971 the borehole was set to alight after concerns that it might release toxic gases. Scientists have agreed that burning off the toxic gases would be the most successful way to solve the problem.

Much of the gas in the crater was predicted to be burned off within days. Four decades later, the crater is still burning and burning at 1,000 degrees centigrade temperatures.

Shi Cheng City, China

Shi Cheng once was the center of politics and economics in China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

The town was submerged in water to create the hydroelectric power station in 1959 and was largely forgotten, leaving a labyrinth of white temples, memorial arches, paved roads and houses – all concealed 130 feet underwater.

Protected from wind, rain, and heat, a ‘time capsule’ has been branded to the entire community, as almost every structure remains completely intact, including wooden beams and stairs.

Now, the divers want the metropolis to be used as a tourist spot. A local tourism official, Qui Feng has suggested using Shi Cheng as a diving club destination.

Lake Retba, Senegal

Less than an hour away from the capital city of Senegal lies the unusual Lake Retba which catches the attention of the inexperienced visitor due to its unique, vivid pink colour.

The distinct rose hue is caused by the bacteria Dunaliella salina, attracted by the high salt content of the water. To absorb the sunlight, the bacteria create a red pigment, thus giving the lake its distinctive hue.

Its colour, which lasts from November to June, is especially noticeable during the dry season. Due to its high salt content, not many living organisms can live at Lake Retba, thus serving mainly as a tourist destination and source of salt production.

Las Lajas Sanctuary, Colombia

The magnificent Santuario de las Lajas, or Las Lajas Cathedral, sits just outside the town of Ipiales.

The neo-Gothic church was built between 1916-1944 on the bridge that spanned the gorge of the river. It was designed in such a way that the church’s back wall shapes the gorge cliff with the image of the Virgin.

The sanctuary is literally suspended over the gulf and that is one reason why it is considered Colombia’s most beautiful church. Some also claim this Roman Catholic basilica is one of the world’s most important architectural monuments.

It took the present church 33 years to complete; the outcome seems to bring tourists all over the world.

Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii

The Stairway to Heaven is also known as the ‘Haiku Stairs’ and is one of Oahu’s most famous ‘forbidden’ trails.

It was originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard enabling access to the LORAN radio antenna at the mountain top. The 3,922 steps lead up to the breathtaking Puu Keahiakahoe summit within the lush Koolau mountain range.

However, the hike itself is illegal, as the navigation station has been closed since the 1980s, resulting in off-limits for the Stairway.

However, this small obstacle hasn’t stopped elusive hikers and adventurous Instagrammers who gamble all of it for the spectacular and satisfying views.

Socotra Island, Yemen

Yemen’s unique Socotra Island landscape resembles anything from a sci-fi movie. The small island off Africa’s coast is home to approximately 800 endangered flora and fauna species.

Approximately one third of these are nowhere else on the planet. The cold and dry climate on the island gives the other-worldly plants a distinctive look.

Socotra has come to symbolize the blown-out umbrella shaped dragon’s blood tree; its distinctive shape is also depicted on the 20-rial coin of Yemen.

The large sandy beaches ascend to calcareous plateaus full of caves (length seven kilometers) and mountains up to 1,525 meters high.

Despite the fact that this island has 40,000 inhabitants, the Yemeni government put in the first roads just two years ago. This was after negotiations with UNESCO, which has declared the island a World Natural Heritage Site.

Ice Canyon, Greenland

This epic canyon in Greenlandwas only recently discovered, having been hiding under a mile of ice.

It has characteristics of a winding river channel and is at least 460 miles long, making it longer than the Grand Canyon.

It was discovered by accident as scientists researching climate change mapped Greenland’s bedrock by radar. Humans, not existing four million years ago, had never seen the canyon before.

If the Greenland ice sheet melts completely it will raise the global sea level by seven meters and swamp major cities, so this is one great geographical feature that hopefully won’t become a tourist destination.

Mada’in Salih, Saudi Arabia

Al-Hijir Archeological Site (Mada’in Salih) is the largest preserved site of the Nabataeans in Jordan south of Petra.

The property of the World Heritage includes well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site contains around 50 pre-Nabataean era inscriptions and some cave drawings.

It is an excellent example of the architectural achievements and hydraulic know-how of the Nabataeans. The delicate features of its 111 tomb façades ‘entrance portals and the smooth surfaces represent the great skills of their period masons.

The most photogenic and most iconic symbol of Mada’in Saleh is Qasr al-Farid, a single tomb carved into a small dome that stands alone in the open.

The facade was never finished, so the heavily chiseled surface of the lower third documents how the tombs were fashioned from the top down.

Salar De Uyuimi, Bolivia

This incredible Bolivian landscape is the largest salt flat in the world, sitting at a height of 3,653 metres, covering an impressive 12,000 kilometers of spare.

It was part of Lago Minchin, a prehistoric salt lake that once occupied much of South West Bolivia. The incredible beauty of this vast salt desert makes it one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles in South America.

The terrain is perfectly smooth. Unlike typical deserts, which have plenty of sand, the Salar de Uyuni has huge expanses of gleaming white salt.

Capuchin Crypt, Rome

Located beneath the

church 

of Santa Maria della Concezione, the Capuchin Crypt is not for the faint-hearted. It holds the bones of about 4,000 dead Capuchin monks.

However, the crypt is strangely beautiful and touching. A sign proclaims ‘What you are, we once were. What we are, you someday will be.’

The bones are arranged in patterns: cross, floral, arch, triangle. A large clock is composed of vertebrae, foot bones, and finger bones. The single hour hand represents the idea that time has no beginning or end.

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5 reasons why your breath smells bad

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Bad breath, is an embarrassing health condition that affects approximately 30% of people around the world.
It is normal to wake up with bad breath.

But what about when you’ve brushed, flossed, mouth-washed, and not eaten any spicy food like garlic, and are still finding that your breath is less minty, more malodorous?
Good oral hygiene must be taken seriously if you want to avoid halitosis, but it’s not the only factor that can play a part in the smell that comes out when you open your mouth. Here are 5 other things that can cause bad breath.

Cutting down on carbs

Cutting down on carbs and upping your protein intake can be a major factor in whether or not you have bad breath. This is because they cause your body to break down fat for energy and create ketones. The excess ketones put a lot of stress on your kidney.

Skipping meals

Whether it is a deliberate attempt or you’re doing it for religious reasons, skipping meals can have a serious negative impact on the freshness of your breath. Avoiding meals or fluid slows than the production of saliva leading to breeding of bacteria which causes bad breath.

Chewing too much gum

Chewing gums in the short term after eating spicy food is not harmful. It causes serious health issues in the long term because they contain hidden sugars that leads to the accumulation of sticky plaque on the teeth. This also encourages the growth of bacteria and its effects may be worse than those of dry mouth in the long run

Dehydration

Drinking the recommended dose of H2O on a daily basis has many beauty and health benefits such as keeping your breath fresh all day. Dehydration can cause halitosis because bacteria that live in the mouth tend to multiply as the mouth dries out.

Strep throat

Strep is a bacterial infection, not a viral one, and those invading bugs can cause your bad breath to smell bad, says Dr. Grbic. Not only that, but other kinds of sinus infections can turn into bacterial ones that produce a smelly, pus-like type of mucus

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