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Cars sit in rubble in a collapsed open-air parking lot after heavy rainfall hit Chengdu, Sichuan province, China, on July 9, 2014. Four cars fell into the pit and one was left stuck on the edge of a railing as the ground sunk. (Reuters/China Daily) 

Source: The Atlantic
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Watch Surfers Take on Monstrous Waves, Oahu

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The North Shore of Oahu is what you’d expect in a laid-back surf community: Kids ride skateboards down back roads, neighbors share mangoes over fence posts, and watching the sunset is a daily, must-do ritual. In winter months, surfers from across the globe travel to this picturesque coastline to test their chops on heavy, building-size waves. To witness the best among them, visit during the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, a professional competition held November 12 through December 20 at Haleiwa’s Alii Beach Park, Sunset Beach, and Banzai Pipeline—a dangerous and euphoria-inducing wave that barrels over shallow reefs. Unlike in most pro sports, Mother Nature calls the shots here. To comply, each event has a holding period, in which contests are held on the three to four biggest and best days of surf at each location. Check the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing website on the morning of for updates. If the surf gods keep you waiting, fill your belly at the many roadside shrimp trucks or cruise into Haleiwa town to try shave ice.

Source: National Geographic
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Go Face-to-Face With Manta Rays, Hawaii Island

Photograph by Carlos Eyles, Getty Images

Manta rays lack stingers—a fact that’s worth remembering if you encounter them off the Big Island’s Kona Coast. At night, they gulp down plankton by executing multiple backflips using their broad 6- to 12-foot wingspans. For a front-row seat, strap on a tank with Jack’s Diving Locker. When the sun drops into the sea, divers follow, kneeling on the ocean floor—on sand and rubble, away from coral—and pointing lights toward the surface, which attract the manta’s dinner. Though they get close enough to touch, don’t forget what you learned in preschool: Keep your hands to yourself. So how many will stop by? “All it takes is one for a good show, but four to eight is typical,” says Keller Laros, a scuba instructor and dive guide with Jack’s and co-founder of the nonprofit Manta Pacific Research Foundation. “The most ever identified in one night is 42.” Over 200 of the local creatures have been named, including Big Bertha, Stephen Colbert, and Lefty, a female who’s been coming around since the late 1970s.

Source: National Geographic
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Voroniya cave (Kruber caves or Krubera-Voronya) is the world deepest cave studied by specialists. It is situated in the massif Arabika of the Ghagra mountain range, Abkhazia, Georgia. The cave has two branches: Novokuibyshevskaya (1300 meters deep) and Main ones (2196 meters deep), the second ramifies into several smaller branches.

The depth of the Voronya cave is 2140 (± 9) meters (7020 ft (± 29)). The previous record was set in 2001 by the Russian-Ukrainian team who found the cave area 1710 meters deep. In 2004 during three research expeditions the depth of the cave became bigger and bigger. They crossed the mark of 2000 m under the ground. In the history of speleology it happened for the first time. October 2005 brought new sensational results – the cave turned out to be even deeper. The expedition of CAVEX team confirmed that presently the depth of the cave is reaching 2140 (± 9) meters (7020 ft (± 29)) under the ground.
Can you imagine how deep it is?

Source: englishrussia.com
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