New Zealand is Best Placed To Survive Collapse (Amazing Places)

Study: UK also has favourable starting conditions to weather major global shock New research has examined the factors that could lead to the collapse of global civilisation, with New Zealand identified as the country most resilient to future threats. The study, carried out by Nick King and Professor Aled Jones of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia … Continue reading New Zealand is Best Placed To Survive Collapse (Amazing Places)

Scientists May Have Solved A Long-standing Mystery About The Desert’s Rock Art Canvas (Amazing Places)

Petroglyphs are carved in a material called rock varnish, the origins of which have been debated for years. Now, scientists argue it’s the result of bacteria and an adaptation that protects them from the desert sun’s harsh rays. Wander around a desert most anywhere in the world, and eventually you’ll notice dark-stained rocks, especially where … Continue reading Scientists May Have Solved A Long-standing Mystery About The Desert’s Rock Art Canvas (Amazing Places)

New Research Unlocks The Mystery Of New England’s Beaches (Amazing Places)

UMass Amherst professor’s findings reveal how beaches from Long Island to Maine are shaped Millions of Americans will visit New England’s beaches this summer to cool off, play in the waves and soak up the sun. Until now, the factors governing which beaches slope gradually to the sea and which ones end abruptly in a … Continue reading New Research Unlocks The Mystery Of New England’s Beaches (Amazing Places)

The End of Darwin’s Nightmare At Lake Victoria? (Amazing Places)

Lake Victoria, which came under the spotlight in 2004 by the documentary “Darwin’s nightmare”, does not suffer only  from the introduction and fishery of the Nile perch. A study by University of Liège oceanographer Alberto Borges has highlighted other worrying phenomena, particularly eutrophication and its interaction with climate, which has an equally important impact on … Continue reading The End of Darwin’s Nightmare At Lake Victoria? (Amazing Places)

Origin Of Fairy Circles: Euphorbia Hypothesis Disproved (Amazing Places)

Researchers led by Göttingen University examine the long-term results of an experiment from more than 40 years ago The fairy circles of the Namib are one of nature’s greatest mysteries. Millions of these circular barren patches extend over vast areas along the margins of the desert in Namibia. In 1979, G.K. Theron published the first … Continue reading Origin Of Fairy Circles: Euphorbia Hypothesis Disproved (Amazing Places)

There’s Lots of Water in the World’s Most Explosive Volcano (Amazing Places)

Shiveluch, an active volcano located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in northeastern Russia, has had more major eruptions than any other volcano in our current period of geologic time – by a lot. In addition to having 5 times the number of explosive eruptions as Mount St. Helens, Shiveluch also boasts incredibly water-rich magmas that might … Continue reading There’s Lots of Water in the World’s Most Explosive Volcano (Amazing Places)

The Dead Live With Their Loved Ones On This Indonesian Island (Amazing Places)

As a host, 90-year-old Alfrida Lantong is somewhat passive. Lying resolutely on her back and gazing up through a pair of thick, dusty spectacles, she roundly ignores her son’s murmured greeting as he enters the room, and she pays little heed to the gaggle of grandchildren clustered around her. But Alfrida can hardly be blamed … Continue reading The Dead Live With Their Loved Ones On This Indonesian Island (Amazing Places)

Testing the Turquoise Waters of Paradise (Amazing Places)

Brazil’s Fernando de Noronha is fabled as an eco-wonderland and a beach-lovers’ Shangri-la, where even the sharks are friendly. Mike Hodgkinson finds out if it lives up to the hype. Ask about Fernando de Noronha when you’re in Sao Paulo, and your enquiry will invariably meet with a combination of wonderment, national pride, jealousy and … Continue reading Testing the Turquoise Waters of Paradise (Amazing Places)

Havasu Falls in Arizona is Nothing Short of Breathtaking (Amazing Places)

Havasu Falls is tucked into a remote area of the Grand Canyon. While it isn’t easy to get to, it’s certainly worth the effort as one of the most stunning waterfalls in the entire country. Its name translates to “people of the blue-green waters,” and sitting against fiery red rock canyon walls, the crystal clear … Continue reading Havasu Falls in Arizona is Nothing Short of Breathtaking (Amazing Places)