Photo by stephen matera | The desert surrounding Hanksville, Utah, USA. It is a surreal mix of canyons, mountains, and plateaus.
Hanksville was first settled in the late 1800s and was a supply post for Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, who would hide out at nearby Robbers Roost Canyon.
The surrounding area is a nearly six-million-acre wilderness that was the last in the lower 48 to be mapped by the USGS.
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Petra as illuminated by candlelight on a full moon. The ancient city was carved out of the narrow sandstone canyons of Jordan some 2,000 years ago. It flourished as major trading hub for camel caravans bearing frankincense from Oman to the Mediterranean. With the advent of Christianity, funerary customs changed and demand for frankincense collapsed, and Nabatean wealth along with it. To explore more of our world, follow @geosteinmetz.
Basalt Canyon, Iceland (Also named Stuðlagil Canyon). The geological structures are called columnar jointing – basalt lava turning into rock. The columns form perpendicular to the area of contact. When it happens underwater, you get little balls of rock that have those columns towards the center of the rock.
Roman ruins in Baalbek, Lebanon from above. The site is one of the most mysterious ruins of the Roman Empire, a monumental two-thousand-year-old temple to Jupiter that sits atop three thousand-ton stone blocks.
In Greek and Roman antiquity, it was known as Heliopolis. It still possesses some of the best-preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon, including one of the largest temples of the empire. The gods that were worshipped there (Jupiter, Venus, and Bacchus) were equivalents of the Canaanite deities Hadad, Atargatis.
The temple was commissioned by Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and designed by an unknown architect and built close to the courtyard in front of the larger temple of the syncretic figure of Jupiter-Baal. The period of…Read more
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