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Looking above Seattle, Washington, USA, at 184m (605 feet) the Space Needle takes just 43 seconds to ascend and offers a 360-degree viewing experience with three main viewing points - an indoor observation deck, open-air viewing area located, and an observation level fitted in 2018 with the world’s first revolving glass floor. The unique design quickly made the tower one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The landmark, a proud symbol of Seattle, attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors annually with 60 million visitors have visited the tower officially opened to the public in 1962. Edward E. Carlson, the chief organizer of the 1962 Century 21 Exposition, a space age-themed world’s fair held at the Space Needle, had originally sketched the Space Needle’s original flying saucer concept on a napkin. Photo by Sanjoy Som
The Parliament House in Canberra, Australia was #EarthFlagged !
The Parliament House is the seat of the Australian government, hosting both the Senate and House of Representatives, and is also one of the largest buildings in the Southern Hemisphere. The structure, designed by Mitchell/Giurgola and Thorp Architects, was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988 after roughly eight years of construction by over ten thousand people. About 90% of the materials used to construct the building came from Australian natural resources. The stainless-steel flag mast featured in this picture stands over 265 feet (81 meters) tall and weighs roughly 240 tons (220 metric tonnes), while the Australian flag mounted on the mast is roughly the size of a double decker bus! The design of the Parliament House encourages public access and engagement, having readily accessible halls and multiple places for public gatherings. It is also built uniquely into the landscape and prioritizes natural light throughout the building, which hosts between 4,000 and 5,000 people when Parliament convenes. The purpose of this design was to symbolize the importance of the land to the Australian people, and to symbolize a government that is inviting to the citizens rather than oppressive. Photo by Andrea Boyd
Gorely Volcano was #EarthFlagged !
Gorely volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the southern Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. This enormous volcanic system has a complex structure, multiple craters and a caldera. Craters are formed when the volcano or rocks come out from somewhere, leaving a deep hole. On the other hand, a caldera is a depression formed when the lava below the surface moves out, making it collapse into itself. Over time these get filled with water to form lakes and ponds, often acidic. The area is also home to many volcanic caves tunnels that can be explored. The volcanoes have overlapped over time, offering a magnificent view to the tourists. Photo by Jody Bourgeois
The Town Hall was #EarthFlagged !
The Town Hall has been the landmark of the Grand Place, which is in the central square of Brussels, Belgium since the 15th century. The construction of the building started in 1401 and finished in 1455 and it is the work of several architects. The Town Hall is an important piece of Gothic architecture and also important for the Grand Place because it is the only remaining medieval building. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building, which was originally a belfry in the beginning, has undergone changes until today. Because of the war in 1695, many buildings in the square including the Town Hall were damaged. The oldest part of the building is the east wing. The tower is 96-metre-high with amazing Gothic architecture. Moreover, the Town Hall served as a makeshift hospital at the start of World War I. Photo by Sanjoy Som
The snowy slopes of Verbier were #EarthFlagged !
The 10 km (6.2 mi) ramp connecting Les Attelas and Verbier in the snowy southern Swiss Alps is a key holiday attraction. It is one of the premiere ‘off-piste’ backcountry ski resorts in the world. People have even settled in Verbier to make the most of the resort culture, varying terrain and conditions and steep summits. Looking carefully, one can make out the frozen lake, Lac des Vaux, in the centre right of the image. Sitting at 2,543 m (8,343 ft), its high altitude means the main water source is from melt-snow rather than from a river. Believe it or not, the cold lake sees swimmers visit from June to early-October. A wetsuit is highly recommended! The lake is frozen for the most part of the year and is warmest in July/August at roughly 10C (54F). Photo by Sanjoy Som
The Terracotta Army in Xi’An, China, was #EarthFlagged !
This large collection of terracotta sculptures depicts individual soldiers and horses from the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, that were buried with the emperor in about 210 BCE. The sculpted army serves as funerary art with the symbolic purpose of protecting the emperor in the afterlife. The site of the tomb lies at the same location as the ancient capital of Xianyang, and up until the discovery of the tomb in 1974, the Terracotta Army remained undisturbed for over 2,000 years. Since that initial discovery, archaeologists have located almost 600 other pits over a 22-square-mile (57 square-kilometer) area that remains mostly unexcavated to this day. Each terracotta figure displays individual characteristics, from differing facial features to subtilties in their attire, providing ample information for archeologists and historians to better understand the culture of that time-period in ancient China. Mysteries still abound about the intricate and expansive Terracotta Army, but the insight gained so far from its study has already greatly improved our understanding of ancient Chinese culture. Photo by Lucy Walsh
Johnson’s Space Center was #EarthFlagged !
JSC is a NASA center in Houston, Texas, named after Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States and a Texas native. The center specializes in human spaceflight, astronaut training, research, and flight controls. The center is huge, consisting of more than 200 buildings spread across 1620 acres (~600 hectares). Popularly known by its call sign "Mission Control" and "Houston", the facility has provided the flight control function for every NASA human spaceflight since Gemini 4. In 1970, when Apollo 13 had just experienced an explosion, astronaut Jim Lovell called the mission control in Houston, reporting the problem through a quote that has been immortalized: "Houston, we have had a problem here." Photo by Sanjoy Som
Waikiki Beach was #EarthFlagged !
Waikiki Beach is located off the city Honolulu in Hawaii, USA. Waikiki was the first capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1795 to 1796, and the area continued to play an important role in the early history of the Kingdom, which reigned from 1795-1893 under the Kamehameha Dynasty. Waikiki Beach is almost entirely human-made and has eight distinct beaches named Ft. DeRussy Beach, Duke Kahanamoku, Halekulani, Royal Hawaiian, Kūhiō Beach, Kapiʻolani Beach, Queens Beach and Kaimana. These beaches have been struggling with erosion, washing away of sand, since the late 1800s, as settlements are approaching the coast because of the beauty of the beach and the desire of the contractors to build hotels and houses. Since 1951, nearly 80,000 cubic meters (2,800,000 cu ft) of sand have been added to restore Waikiki beaches. Photo by Sanjoy Som
Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines was #EarthFlagged
This view overlooks Rizal Park and Intramuros (the ‘Walled City’). Many historic events happened here. Foremost was the assassination of a national hero that flamed the fans of revolution against Spanish rule. The site has also been considered a venue to host numerous attempts to break world records. What’s more, it's where the Kilometre-zero point is located; the distances in this country are measured from here. Rizal Park, representing one of the largest urban green spaces in Asia, covering 58 hectares (enough to fit the Vatican City inside it!), is conserved and run by the National Parks Development Committee for the Philippines. Photo by Greco Mark Malijan
Lake Mead was #EarthFlagged !
Located right at the border of Nevada and Arizona, Lake Mead is a human-made reservoir created upon the completion of the Hoover Dam in 1936. Historically, the Lake Mead area made up a cooler, riparian environment where the Colorado River flowed, and was populated by Native American tribes up to 10,000 years ago. Today, the Lake Mead Recreational Area takes up an area of 1.5 million acres and is one of the most popular spots for water recreation in the Southwest region of the United States. It is also one of the most important sources of water for the western states, for everything from irrigation to fresh drinking water. Lake Mead receives its water from the snowmelt of the Rocky Mountains, which flows into the Colorado River and arrives at the Lake Mead area. The white stripe in the rock seen in this picture marks where the historic high-water line used to be back when Lake Mead was first filled. While the water level varies seasonally, extended droughts and increasing population sizes in the western states are the central causes of the present-day low water level. Photo by Brooke Carruthers @red.brooke
Taglang La Pass was #EarthFlagged !
Taglang La is a high-altitude mountain pass in the Union Territory of Ladakh; however, the signboard is not valid anymore as many higher altitude passes have overtaken. A pass is a naturally formed navigable route that connects mountain peaks. Passes have played a significant role in trade, animal and human migration throughout history. The road across Taglang La, maintained by Border Roads Organisation, is beautiful yet challenging to navigate; a well-acclimatized person can start feeling dizzy in just 15 minutes because of the extreme elevation. This photo was taken during the Earth and Space Exploration Program 2021 at an altitude of ~5300 meters (17400 feet). Photo by Anurup Mohanty @strayologist
The Ancient Greek City ‘Heraclea Minoa’ was #EarthFlagged !
The ancient city, founded by the ancient Greeks in 6th century BC and surrendered to the Romans in the 2nd century BC, was discovered following excavations in the 16th century and is now an open attraction to the public. The earliest known use for the site was as a strategic and defendable outpost for the Greek colony of Selinus. The site was discovered rich with the fragments of pottery, brickwork and ancient Greek and Roman ruins but no standing structures remained. Traces of early engineering ingenuity: an aqueduct, theatres, town square, and houses complete with drainage and water supplies are visible. The aqueduct had been constructed to deliver water to the city from the mouth of the river ‘Halycus’ (known as Platani today). The ruins are situated 27km from the city of Agrigento, on the south coast of Italian island Sicily. Photo by Ryan Thress
The Mount Erciyes was #EarthFlagged !
Erciyes Mountain, also known as Argaeus, is a large volcano, reaching a height of around 3,900 metres (12800 ft), making it the highest mountain and most voluminous volcano of Central Anatolia, located in Kayseri, Turkey. The last eruptions probably occurred during the early Holocene (about 11000 years ago). Since it is a volcanic mountain, it has created wonderful geological structures in the surrounding provinces because of the lava spreading. These structures are known as Fairy Chimneys and caves. The first person to climb the mountain was W.J. Hamilton in 1837. Since then, there have been athletes and tourists climbing the mountain. This mountain is also home to ski tourism as it snows in winter. Photo by H. Aziz Kayihan
The Sydney Opera House was #EarthFlagged !
Perhaps the most iconic landmark of Australia, the Sydney Opera House stands as a monument of 20th century architecture. The now iconic structure was designed by architect Jørn Utzon from Denmark whose design which was selected out of 233 other design entries. Construction of the opera house started in 1959, and it took 14 years, 10,000 workers, and about $102 million to complete. Today, the opera house hosts roughly 2000 events, shows, and talks 363 days a year, and it remains Australia’s number one tourist destination. In addition to being an artistic marvel, the opera house also has cutting edge technological design to maintain proper temperature and humidity conditions for the instruments, whereby the space is cooled with seawater taken directly from the harbor and filtered through pipes throughout the massive structure. The opera house recently underwent a massive restoration, where improvements were made to enhance audience experience, permit bigger and grander performances, and to incorporate elements of Australian heritage into the design. Photo by Kristin Poinar
The Wayne Gretzky Statue in Edmonton, Alberta was #EarthFlagged !
The bronze, copper-patina statue immortalizes “The Great One,” Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky, who is considered by many to be the greatest hockey player in National Hockey League (NHL) history. Gretzky made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979-80 season, at whose stadium his statue now stands, where he led the team to win four Stanley Cups, which signifies the ultimate prize for professional hockey. After his time with the Oilers, Gretzky went on to play for several other NHL teams, breaking many more NHL scoring records, before eventually retiring from the sport in 1999. Gretzky is now an induced member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and his legacy looms large especially over the city of Edmonton, the home of his first professional team. The statue itself stands at the end of the Oilers “Walk of Fame”, which memorializes other great players of the team, and it serves as a popular meeting spot for fans before heading into Rogers Place arena to watch a game. Photo by Stacey Carruthers
The Gateway of India was #EarthFlagged!
An arch-monument in Mumbai, India erected in the early 20th century to commemorate the landing of King George V, Emperor of India, and Queen Mary, making it the first visit of a British monarch to India. During the British rule in India, it was used as the arrival point for the visitor from the west. When India gained independence, the last British ship sailed from this point. The Gateway faces the Arabian sea and is a popular tourist attraction and a gathering spot for many locals, street vendors, and photographers. Photo by Anurup Mohanty
The Trajaneum in Pergamon Ancient City was #EarthFlaged!
The Temple of Trajan & Zeus Philios (Trajaneum) is located at the highest point of this ancient settlement, on a podium ~3 meters (10 ft) above a vaulted terrace. Erected on the 335m (1100 ft) high Kale Hill, the city became the capital of the Pergamon Kingdom during 281–133 BC under the Ancient Greek ‘Attalid’ dynasty. It is a fine example of impressive early-age city planning with monumental architecture. The city had great strategic importance, overlooking the ‘Caicus River Valley’ (today Bakırçay), which provided access to the Aegean coast from Bergama. In the 1870s, a working German railway engineer, Carl Human, first discovered the city ruins. Research and excavation work in Pergamon started in 1878 and is going on to this day! Many artifacts are now exhibited in the Pergamon Museum, Berlin. Many artifacts remain in the ancient city, now the Bergama district of the Izmir province of Turkey, that became a UNESCO World Heritage in 2014. Photo by Esma Bozlak
Mansa Beach was #EarthFlagged!
This picturesque beach is located off the resort town of Punta del Este in southeastern Uruguay. Due to the idyllic and luxurious nature of the town, it has earned nicknames including “The Monaco of the South”, “The Hamptons of South America,” and “The Pearl of the Atlantic.” The coastline of Punta del Este is divided into two sides, which are the Brava (“fierce” in Spanish) side and the Mansa (“calm” or “tame” in Spanish) side. Beaches on the Brava side has white, fine sand and more turbulent waters while the beaches on the Mansa side are known for golden, soft sand and calmer waters. Mansa Beach itself is a popular spot for families and vacationers who prefer a more tranquil beach experience. Additionally, during the winter season, beachgoers may see the welcome sight of southern right whales, a special species of whale which is currently experiencing a comeback in the region. Photo by Victoria Alonsoperez
Christchurch’s Cathedral Square was #EarthFlagged !
To the right, one spots an 18 metre-tall, inverted, steel-aluminium chalice with a 42-leafed pattern designed by the artist Neil Dawson. The design is floodlit at night and features intricate patterns of New Zealand’s flora. Complex geometries are to reflect geometries of the cathedral’s tiles and stain-glass windows. The Chalice’s shape resembles an inversion of the Cathedral’s spire. As one gazes up The Chalice, the leaves enlarge, while becoming more detailed and the patterns denser. Unfortunately, the Christ Church Cathedral was severely damaged and demolished following a 2011 Earthquake. Work is undergoing to reconstruct the building and spire. Today, the square is the main centre of Christchurch City, New Zealand, and hosts public speakers and street performances. Photo by Sanjoy Som
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was #EarthFlagged !
Simply called Tower of Pisa, this renowned structure is located in Pisa, Italy, and is one of the country’s most visited tourist sites. Its construction started in the 12th century and took almost 200 years to finish. The characteristic tilt of the tower began about halfway through construction because of the marshy soil underneath. For centuries, architects and builders tried remedies to stop the tower from tilting further towards its tipping point. In 1970s, advances in the field of civil engineering helped engineers find the solution. They dug out some soil and added some weight to counterbalance the tower, and the tower was intentionally left at 4 degrees of tilt. It should stay stable for at least a few more centuries! Photo by Unknown
Marienplatz was #Earthflagged!
Marienplatz or ‘St Mary's square' has been the central square of Munich, Germany, since 1158. During the Middle-ages the square was named after grain (‘Schranne'), for the site predominantly traded this commodity. By 1638, the Marian Column, with a motif of the Virgin Mary, was erected out of gratitude to the Swedes, honouring the end of a 30-year occupation. The square name was updated in 1853, once grain trading had ceased. Today, the site is an attraction for the architecture, shops and surrounding cathedrals. Some highlights are the annual Christmas markets, which commence 3-weeks before Christmas day. Photo by Adam Suttle
Mather Point at the Grand Canyon was #EarthFlagged !
The popular and easily accessible Mather Point offers many travelers their first real glimpse of the Grand Canyon. The site is named after conservationist and politician Stephen Tyng Mather, who was the first ever director of the National Park Service and who helped establish several other national parks around the country during his time in office. Mather believed in the importance of featuring breathtaking viewpoints at the National Parks in order to inspire public appreciation of nature and make the natural beauty accessible to all travelers. On a clear day, a viewer at Mather Point can see up to 30 miles (48 km) to the east and over 60 miles (96 km) to the west. One can also see the Colorado River, which lies over a mile down within the Canyon. On the whole, the Grand Canyon is actually bigger than the state of Rhode Island, with an area of 1,904 square miles (4,931 square kilometers)! Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Milan Cathedral was #EarthFlagged!
Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral in Italian) is located in Milan, Italy and it's the 5th largest Christian church in the world. The construction of this church started in 1386 and took six centuries to complete, the construction involved thousands of workers and new canals were dug to transport the special marble that this building is made of. This place holds the record of having most number of statues than any other building in the world and it's a very famous tourist attraction. Photo by Unknown
The Asansör Tower was #EarthFlagged!
The 40-metre-tall Elevator Tower was built in 1907 by Nesim Levi Bayraklıoğlu to solve the accessibility problem involving climbing 155 steps between two districts. From 1907 to today, the elevator was powered three different ways: originally using a steam engine, followed by hydropower, and finally using mains electricity. The architecture and design of the elevator is unique; the first part is the entrance hall, the brick wall welcomes you with the ornamental egg friezes, floral patterns, and star patterns; the lowest part is made of stone; the upper part was constructed using bricks imported from Marseilles. The Asansör Tower belonged to Nesim Levi later to Ayla Ökmen and finally the ownership was donated by Ayla Ökmen to the City Municipality in 1983. This photo was taken in İzmir, Turkey. The city is also known as the Pearl of the Aegean because of the historical and natural beauty. Photo by Esma Bozlak and Adam Suttle
Indus-Yarlung Suture Zone was #EarthFlagged!
The upper layer of our planet is divided into huge slabs called tectonic plates. These plates move and collide with each other but the process is so slow that humans can't comprehend them as such; it takes millions of years for a plate to move a few inches. This image shows the suture zone where Indian (on the left) and Eurasian (on the right) plate collided ~40 million years ago, before which, this place was under a sea called the Tethys sea. This photo was taken in Ladakh, India during Earth and Space Exploration Program 2021 at the altitude of ~3500 meters (11500 feet). Photo by Anurup Mohanty
The Reichstag Glass Dome was #EarthFlagged !
Built atop the Reichstag building in Berlin, the current Glass Dome is in fact a restoration of the original Reichstag dome from the late 19th century, which was destroyed in a 1933 fire. Architect Norman Foster undertook the modern restoration of the Reichstag following the reunification of Germany in 1990, where the Reichstag once again became the seat of the German parliament (Bundestag). The use of glass is meant to embody the transparency of democracy, and thus symbolizes the transition of German government into modernity. Additionally, the design of the dome provides natural ventilation and light, and so it also serves as a testament to renewable energy technology. Photo by Arian Kidder
The Treasury (Al Khazeh) at Petra, Jordan was EarthFlagged!
Carved into the sandstone cliffs by the Nabataean Arab Kingdom during the second century A.D., this towering structure likely began as a temple for the Nabatean King Aretas IV. It became known as Al Khazeh, The Treasury, in the 19th century as it was believed the decorative stone feature on the second level resembled a treasure containing urn. However, the feature is solid sandstone. As well as being a popular tourist attraction of Jordan, Al Khazeh is renowned for its feature in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. Photo by Alex Karl.
Angel’s Landing at Zion National Park was #EarthFlagged !
Located in southern Utah, this park features amazing canyon views and a unique geology that continues to change to this day! Zion is part of a larger geologic formation called the Grand Staircase, which includes the red rock features of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. The sandstone rock of Zion was formed when ancient rivers that ran through the region dried up to form dunes and desert between 110 and 270 million years ago. The eventual cliffs came into existence through volcanic and tectonic events in fairly recent geologic history, which uplifted the sandstone into the towering cliffs seen today. Zion is one of the most popular spots in the United States for outdoor enthusiasts, offering daring hikes on cliff edges and within slot canyons. Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Oslo City Hall was #EarthFlagged!
The municipal building is located in Oslo, the capital city of Norway, and is home to various administrative and municipal organisations. An architectural competition was organised in 1915, and received over 40 entries in the first of two rounds. In 1918, Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson were selected as winners of the project to build the city hall; their idea was inspired by Stockholm City Hall. The construction of this building started in the year 1931 but got interrupted by the Second World War and hence was culminated in 1950. The city hall is also know for hosting the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony each year on, death anniversary of Alfred Nobel, December 10th. The ceremony encompasses a lecture by the annual laureate, who is awarded the medal and diploma. It is attended by The Norwegian Royal Family and Prime Minister. Photo by Alex Karl
Cabot Tower and Signal Hill were #EarthFlagged !
A now-classic landmark in Newfoundland, Canada, Signal Hill is famous as the site of the final battle of the Seven Year’s War, where British forces recaptured St. Johns and successfully defeated the French in the North American theater. The Battle of Signal Hill in 1762 thus established Britain as a central power in North America. Over 100 years later, in 1897, Cabot Tower was built upon Signal Hill for the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot, and the 60th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign. Cabot Tower now stands as a prime example of late-Gothic revival style. Additionally, Cabot Tower is the site where, in 1901, scientist and inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic, wireless message, which earned Marconi a Nobel Prize and signaled a new age in global communications technology. Photo by Renate Pohl
The Tropic of Capricorn was #EarthFlagged!
The Tropic of Capricorn was named after the zodiac constellation sign. It's one of the five great (imaginary) circles of latitude marked on world maps at the subsolar point, the point at which the sun is directly over head, during the December solstice. The Tropic of Capricorn's latitude is currently 23°26′11.4″ (or 23.43649°) south of the Equator. These imaginary lines have played a major role in the making of world maps and have helped ancient travellers find their way. Geographers have noted that it's moving very slowly northward at 0.47 arcseconds or 15 meters per year. The sign board in the image is located in Nambia. Photo by Michael Meneses
Dune 45 was #EarthFlagged!
Dune 45 is a star dune — generally tall and formed when the direction of the wind changes a lot in an area — in the Sossusvlei area of the Namib Desert in Namibia. The name is derived from the fact that it falls at the 45th km (~28mi) of the road that connects the Sesriem gate (the main entry point of a national park in that area) and Sossusvlei. The sand here is 5 million years old and is red due to its iron oxide (rusted iron) content. Tourists are allowed to climb the dune to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view. Photo by Michael Meneses
The Marina Bay was #Earthflagged!
This photo is captured from the rooftop of one of the most iconic buildings in Singapore, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Made up of three towers that narrow as they rise, it stands 200m high and was designed with inspiration from a deck of cards. It is home to the world’s longest elevated swimming pool, carrying over 1.4 million litres of water. If a human could drink a gallon a day, it would take a millennium to finish it – you’ll be drinking well into 3000s!
The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) was #EarthFlagged !
ESTEC, which is the largest site and technical heart of European Space Agency (ESA), is located in Noordwijk, Netherlands. This is where many ESA projects are written and directed at various stages of development. In Noordwijk, more than 2000 scientists work on science missions, manned spaceflight, telecom, satellite navigation and Earth observation! The ESA has 18 Member States, with its main purpose being to follow the developments in space together and reach the goals together. It has many projects aiming to produce new scientific knowledge and new practical applications in space exploration and contributes to the European aviation industry. Photo by Alex Karl
The caldera rim of Mount Saint Helens was #EarthFlagged !
Mt. St. Helens is the most active volcano of the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State. Its most famous modern eruption occurred in 1980, which remains the most economically costly eruption in United States history. The 1980 eruption triggered a massive landslide which removed the top 1,300 feet (400 meters) of the mountain, reducing the highest point of the mountain to only about 8,330 feet (2539 meters). Now, Mt. St. Helens is characterized by a horseshoe-shaped caldera containing a lava dome and glacier. Hikers are permitted to hike to the highest point of the caldera rim, but the top is often shrouded in clouds, making it difficult to see the entire crater. Mt. St. Helens remains a favorite spot for volcanologists and mountaineers alike. Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Inferno Cone was #EarthFlagged !
Located within the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, this cinder cone was formed from volcanic activity only 2,000 years ago, which is very recent from a geological perspective! Despite looking like a volcano itself, Inferno Cone is actually made up of accumulated volcanic cinders from explosions of the nearby Snow and Spatter Cones. The cinder itself is a very porous, sharp volcanic rock. Visitors can hike to the top of Inferno Cone, which covers about 160 feet of elevation in less than a quarter mile and offers 360° views of the entire monument. Photo by Brooke Carruthers
Mars Desert Research Station was #EarthFlagged!
The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is the largest and longest-running Mars surface simulation facility in the world. @TheMarsSociety owns the sites and conducts "analog missions" to train the visiting crews/analog astronauts for Mars missions. There are three buildings on the site: the Habitat, the Greenhab, the Musk Mars Desert Observatory and a remotely located Engineering Support Equipment Area. The MDRS also annually hosts the University Rover Challenge, which allows student teams to showcase their rovers and their capabilities. Photo by Shayna Hume
Schlossplatz was #EarthFlagged!
Schlossplatz, built in 1800s, is the largest square in the centre of Stuttgart, Germany. The square is home to one of the last large palaces in the southern Germany — the Neues Schloss and features the Jubiläumssäule (the tower in the image), a monument that was erected on the occasion of 60th birthday of King William I of Württemberg. The square is home to major outdoor events such as open-air concerts, children's fairs and live sport screenings every year. Photo by Juergen Hill
The Iglesia of Santa Maria de los Dolores was #EarthFlagged !
The Iglesia of Santa Maria de los Dolores was #EarthFlagged ! This Catholic church, located in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, is one of the oldest churches in the country. It dates back to the 1700s and was built on the site of a hermitage built by missionary friars in the 1600s. The church displays a unique American colonial Baroque style of architecture, also combining African and indigenous influences, and construction took around 80 years to complete. The Iglesia stands at the head of the Plaza de Los Dolores, and it remains an important religious center for the city to this day. Photo by Barbs Herbst
Nejmeh Square was #EarthFlagged !
It is the central square in the downtown Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. Being home to the Lebanese Parliament, cathedrals, museums, cafes etc. the square is filled with localites and tourists. The jewel of the square is a clock tower which was gifted to the Lebanese government by the Lebanese-Mexican immigrant ‘Michel Abed' in the 1930s. The tower features Rolex watch faces on all its four sides! Photo by Alex Karl
The Victoria Memorial was #EarthFlagged!
The large marble ‘Victoria Memorial’ is situated in Kolkata, India. During its construction in the early 1900’s, Kolkata was the capital city of India. In commemoration of the reign of the Empress Queen Victoria (1819-1901), it was opened to the public in 1921 as a grand museum with 25 galleries and 64 acres of garden. The design brings together influences from British, Mughal, Venetian, Egyptian and Deccani architectures. One may recognize similarities to the Taj Mahal; the structure is built from white marble and shares aspects such as the dome, the domed corner towers, the terrace and the four subsidiaries. Photo by Sanjoy Som
Seljalandsfoss was #EarthFlagged !
Seljalandsfoss is a 60 meters(197 feet) high waterfall located in the southern region of Iceland. The waterfall has been one of Iceland's most popular landmarks and has been featured in many TV shows and films. It has a small cave behind which allows people to walk in. The water fall is a part of Seljalandsá, which starts beneath a glacier that covers Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in 2010. Photo by Morgane Ledevin
The Louvre Museum was #EarthFlagged !
The Louvre of Paris, France, is the world’s largest museum and boasts one of the most extensive art collections on the globe, containing treasures such as the “Mona Lisa,” the Code of Hammurabi, and “Liberty Leading the People,” and numerous works from ancient Greece and Rome. The structure of the Louvre itself has a long history, originally built as a fortress in the 12th century and serving as a French royal palace in the 1500s before becoming a public museum in 1793. The collection of artifacts in the Louvre has a complicated history in part due to the numerous spoils taken during Napoleon Bonaparte’s military campaigns, but it remains a globally recognized site for the preservation of priceless artifacts. The Louvre Pyramid, installed in 1988, combines ancient design with modern aesthetics and testifies to the timelessness of the museum and to the works of art within.
The Domkerk of Utrecht was #EarthFlagged!
Also known as St. Martin's Cathedral or Dom Church, this Netherlands church is dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours. The church was built based on Gothic architecture, a European style of architecture that exhibits an intricate and delicate aesthetic. This style emerged during the Middle Ages in Europe and dominated Europe until the 16th century, when it became known as “Gothic. It was the largest church in the Netherlands until the storm of 1674, when the nave (central part of the church) collapsed in the storm and separated the tower from its eastern end and was never rebuilt. The church has only one tower named Dom Tower, which is city's hallmark and stands 112 meters high (367 feet). Photo by Sanjoy Som
Raouche Rock was #EarthFlagged !
Located off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon, this 60-meter (nearly 200 feet) tall limestone feature stands as a defining natural landmark of the region. In fact, the name “Raouche” of the residential area in Beirut associated with the rock formation, reportedly derives from the French word "rocher" meaning "rock" in English. Also known as “Pigeon Rock” due to the natural cave that often houses pigeons, this feature formed during a prehistoric earthquake and has since eroded into its modern-day shape. The 10-kilometer (about 6 miles) long al-Manara Corniche, or seaside promenade, that runs along the coast provides optimal viewing of Raouche Rock, especially at sunset, and is popular for tourists and locals alike. Photo by Alex Karl
National Congress of Brazil was #EarthFlagged !
Besides the elegant modern Brazilian style towers there are two domes that host some of country's top government officials. The dome on the left of the image covers the building where the Senate hall is located, while the inverted dome is over the Chamber of Deputies. This design closely resembles a set of scales, a common symbol for justice and balance! The building was designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer and has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photo by Ivan Lima
The Colosseum was #EarthFlagged!
The Colosseum, also named The Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre constructed in 79-80AD under both Emperor Vespasian and Titus’s rule. Built from limestone, mortar and tuff (volcanic rock), its impressive design prides it as the largest amphitheatre ever built. It seated ~65,000 spectators for various entertainment events, public speeches, mock naval battles, and ancient sports like gladiator battles/hunts. Today, it is still an iconic symbol of Italy, with links to the Catholic Church, and is listed as a major tourist attraction listed in the ‘New7Wonders of the World’. Photo by Alex Karl
The ancient city of Copán was #EarthFlagged!
Located in western Honduras near the border with Guatemala, Copán was a powerful city during the time of the Mayan empire. From the 5th to 9th centuries AD, it ruled a vast kingdom within the southern Maya territory before it was abandoned in the early 10th century. This city was witness to significant cultural advances, with achievements in Mathematics, astronomy, and hieroglyph writing. Also home to beautiful archaeological remains and imposing squares, the city has temples, plazas, altar complexes and ball courts that can still be visited today. Copán's sculptures in particular achieved a high degree of perfection and amazed everyone who saw it! Photo by Aaron Wech.
The Forbidden City was #EarthFlagged !
Located at the heart of Beijing, China, the Forbidden City stands as a monument to Chinese dynastic culture and architecture. The 72 hectare imperial palace complex housed 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties from 1420 until 1912 with the abdication of the last emperor, making the complex nearly 5 centuries old! Back in dynastic times, only the emperor himself had full access to all parts of the complex, earning it the name of "Forbidden City." In 1987 however, the complex earned the designation of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it now serves as one of the preeminent Chinese culture and history museums in the world. Photo by Lucy Walsh
The Petronas Towers were #EarthFlagged!
The Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004. Many other skyscrapers have since overtaken the towers, making them the 17th highest at the moment. However, the towers do still hold the crown of having the highest two-storey sky bridge connecting them! The towers have a total of around 32000 windows and offer a great view of the city! Photo by Andrea Boyd.
The Imperial Geyser was #EarthFlagged!
The Imperial Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, USA is a fountain geyser , which means it shoots out bursts of water. The geyser became very active in the 1920s. It is one of the most important natural beauties of the park due to its size and activity. For this reason, the name to be given was important and the name "Imperial" was chosen as a result of a competition. The Geyser was known to erupt for up to 6 hours and shoot out water in plumes as high as 150 feet. In 1929, the geyser fell silent, without any notable eruptions until 1966. Today, the Imperial Geyser is erupting again, sometimes reaching a height of 35 feet, as high as a school bus! Photo by Ryan Kobrick.
The Statue of Duke Kahanamoku was #EarthFlagged!
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968), a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, epitomized Hawaiian athleticism and the "aloha spirit," and he remains one of the island's most proud and popular figures. The Duke came to prominence when be broke the 100-yard freestyle world record in his first ever competition, going on to win several Olympic medals between 1912 and 1922. Named "The Father of Modern Surfing," the Duke spent his life bringing the sport of surfing and the spirit of aloha to the world's attention. In addition to his watersports career, the Duke also spent time as a Hollywood actor, city Sheriff, and official greeter of Honolulu, and his statue at his home Waikiki Beach continues his welcoming legacy to this day. Photo by Sanjoy Som
Mount Erebus was #EarthFlagged!
Mt. Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth, peaking 12,448 feet (3,794 meters) above Ross Island in Antarctica. The volcano has been active for 1.3 million years and occasionally has a lava lake at its peak. The gasses escaping from the volcano and the freezing temperatures of Antarctica result in the formation of caves, which harbor many kinds of microbes. Scientists go on expeditions and collect samples to understand the mechanisms used by these microbes to survive extreme conditions. Photo by Kristin Poinar