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Haunted Roads on Earth:Tuen Mun Road of Hongkong


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There is more to Hongkong then just the fast globalisation. It appears strange but true that there is one of the most popular roads out there which the locals believe to be haunted.
In Hong Kong, you will find the major Tuen Mun Road, which is the most important road on the island and in heavy use. However, it is not just living people who use this road, but the dead as well. There have been many accidents on this road, an immense amount that makes it one of the most dangerous roads in the world. 
Locals blame the many accidents on the ghosts of the region who will appear out of nowhere in the middle of the road. This will cause the drivers on the road to swerve out of the way, and getting into a serious, sometimes fatal accident. 
What is making matters worse is that the number of ghosts continues to grow as more and more people die on the road. In many ways, the road is like a zombie virus, killing and adding to its undead ranks and killing more through ghosts appearing out of nowhere in front of drivers.

Unique Places on Earth: Ruins of Cumberland island


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Cumberland Island lies off the coast of Georgia and is the largest of the State’s barrier islands at just under 18 miles in length.  Virtually no one lives on the island all year round these days but at the southern end of the island you will find Dungeness, once owned by the famously rich Carnegie family.  The house is now in ruins but perhaps if you listen closely you might hear the strains of a ghostly Charlston
There are few visitors to the island.  No bridge joins the island with the mainland and as such visitors must get there via a boat ferry.  Yet the house echoes its former glories in the way that the magnificent ruins of Rome do, somewhat eerily but with a stillness that can provoke thoughtful musings on the fleeting nature of life.  Where this mansion once housed a family of nine children and two hundred servants, only ruins remain.  Here is the story of the house they named Dungeness.

If you want a microcosm of the history of the United States, you could do worse than to study the history of Cumberland Island and the Dungeness mansion.  Wars with the British, Civil War, Emancipation, fabulous wealth and economic crashes all feature in its fascinating tale.  While only three hundred people are allowed on the island at any one time, the place is well worth a visit.
Although the current ruins do not go back so far, the origin of the name Dungeness goes back to 1733 when the English General James Oglethorpe (left) alighted there.  He founded a hunting lodge on the island (which was named after the eponymous Duke back in England) which he named after a headland in the English county of Kent.
After the English defeated the Spanish in 1742 the need for the island as a strategic point of defense became redundant and now no trace of the lodge or the associated forts survive.    Nathaniel Greene (left) bought land on the island in 1783 in order to harvest its oak tree but he expired only three years later.  It was his wife who on her remarriage ten years later built the first mansion, named nostalgically after Oglethorpe’s hunting lodge. 
Coincidentally, the British used the mansion as their headquarters during the three years of the War of 1812.  Although the war was very much prompted by the actions of the British on their arrival on Cumberland Island they promptly freed all of the slaves who lived there. When the British left you can guess what happened.  Records of 1846 show that there were over 400 slaves living on the island as well as 36 white people.
Slavery ended after the end of the Civil War and like many plantation owners the descendents of the Greenes found that it was no longer profitable when they had to pay wages.  The family moved and Dungeness was left to its own devices.  It burned to the ground in 1866.  This, unfortunately, would not be the last time that this fate would befall a house built on this spot.
Thomas M Carnegie (seen on the left with his older, more famous brother Andrew) and his wife Lucy bought land and started to build a new Dungeness in 1884.  It was inspired by castles that the couple had seen in Scotland and although Thomas never saw it finished (like the unfortunate Mr Greene he died before it was finished) his wife lived in Dungeness with his huge brood of nine children for many years.  When complete, it must have been (after her family of course) her pride and joy.
As well as the fifty nine rooms there were swimming pools, a golf course and many other small buildings in which lived their 200 plus servants. 
The last recorded use of the Dungeness mansion was in 1929 when one of Lucy’s daughters tied the knot there. So started the road to ruim, as it were.  Outbuildings were left to their own devices.
1929 – and all that.  The Great Depression meant the end of the Carnegies on the island although they continued to own it, the left it vacant.  Then, one night in 1959 a disgruntled poacher who had been shot in the leg by the housekeeper for trespass purportedly burned the house to the ground. Since then the mansion and surrounding buildings and quarters have slowly gone the way of all things.
Even the cars have been left to rust where they were last parked.
So the ruins stand to this day, testament to a long and colorful history.  Descendents of the original families still live or holiday on this island to this day but there has never been any attempt to rebuild Dungeness.  
Perhaps its history is a little too littered with misfortune for anyone to countenance such a proposition.

Wonder River Amazon


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The greatest river of South America, the Amazon is also the world’s largest river in water volume and the area of its drainage basin. Together with its tributaries the river drains an area of 2,722,000 square miles (7,050,000 square kilometers)—roughly one third of the continent. It empties into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate of about 58 billion gallons (220,000 cubic meters) per second.

The Amazon varies in width from 4 to 6 miles (6 to 10 kilometers); its mouth is more than 150 miles (240 kilometers) wide. The largest oceangoing steamers can ascend the river 1,000 miles to Manaus, a Brazilian inland port.
For most of its course the river flows just south of the Equator, and so the Amazonian climate is hot and humid. Annual rainfall amounts to about 50 inches (130 centimeters), while the average temperature over a year is about 85° F (30° C). Most of the Amazon Basin is a lowland forest of hardwoods and palms. The northeastern portion has extensive savannas, or grasslands, with occasional trees and shrubs.

Plants and Animals

The remarkably rich and diverse Amazon Basin plant and animal life is a resource of world importance. Of all the species of plants in the world, almost three fourths, many of which are still unidentified, live in the Amazon Basin. The Amazon has often been described as a vast sea of fresh water that supports about 1,500 to 2,000 species of fish, including catfish, electric eels, and piranhas. The basin also has an immense variety of insect, bird, reptile, and mammal life.

The vegetation of the Amazon jungle grows rapidly, soon covering cleared areas unless it is cut back constantly. Again and again the jungle has defeated settlement efforts. At the same time, conservationists are concerned about the overcutting of valuable plants such as hardwood trees and also the destruction of rare plant species when the jungle is burned over for clearing. The many Amazonian plants are a valuable source for development of new hybrids.

Mammals include the capybara, a rodent weighing up to 110 pounds (50 kilograms) whose flesh is eaten; the tapir, an edible kind of pig; the nutria, a tropical otter whose pelt is traded; the great anteater; and many kinds of monkeys. Markets along the river sell a variety of fish, including the pirarucu, which weighs up to 325 pounds (150 kilograms), and the giant catfish. Silver carp, neon tetras, and the flesh-eating piranhas are shipped to tropical fish stores throughout the world. The electric eel is a dangerous fish capable of discharging up to 500 volts.

The wide range of vividly colored Amazonian birds includes hummingbirds, toucans, and parrots. Among the reptiles are the anaconda, a huge snake that crushes its victims; the poisonous coral snake; and alligators. Giant butterflies are among the most spectacular of the insects.

Unique Lake in World: Heaven Lake in China


The above pics are of The Heaven Lake  which is a crater lake on the border between China and North Korea. It lies within a caldera atop the volcanic Baekdu Mountain, a part of the Baekdudaegan mountain range and the Changbai mountain range. It is located partly in Ryanggang Province. It appears so strange and so magnificent to see a lake and that too on the top of a mountain. Now that is what is called as Nature perhaps, it never fails to astonish us and surprise us.

Weird News: Mud Pools of New Zealand


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The picture itself speaks a thousand words, these whirlpool like geysers are called as mud pools and are said to be found in Rotorua.
Rotorua is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. 
The city is known for its geothermal activity, with a number of geysers, notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa, and boiling mud pools (pictured above) located in the city. This thermal activity owes itself to the Rotorua caldera on which the city lies. 
Rotorua is also a top adventure destination and is New Zealand’s Maori cultural heartland. Rotorua city is renowned for its unique “rotten eggs” aroma, which is caused by the geothermal activity releasing sulphur compounds into the atmosphere. 
If you are ever visiting New Zealand
– this is a city you must see. It was once home to the famed Pink and White Terraces and you can visit thermal wonderlands with sights that are truly astounding.