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who digs better - man or nature? - the auroran sunset

Humans may use their hands or machines, but nature just uses erosion, volcanic explosions, or even tectonic shifts! A couple of examples from a top ten holes list.

Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah. Source: Tim Jarrett
Bingham Canyon Mine, Utah. Source: Tim Jarrett

The world’s largest man-made excavation - a copper mine in the USA. It’s 0.75 miles/1.2 km deep and 2.5 miles/4 km wide.

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Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize. Source: neatorama.com
Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Belize. Source: neatorama.com

Once an opening to a cave system during the Ice Age, the Blue Hole, Belize reef is 1,000 feet/305 m across and 400 feet/123 m wide deep.

“For all the practical purposes the over 400-foot depth makes the Blue Hole a bottomless pit. The walls are sheer from the surface until a depth of approximately 110 feet where you will begin to encounter stalactite formtions which actually angle back, allowing you to dive underneath monstrous overhangs.” [Quoted from neatorama.com]

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how therapy should be done from the auroran sunset


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thin houses - the auroran sunset, xavier

In Japan, space is at a premium. Thus, thin houses are built. In other places of prime real estate, thin houses and even skyscrapers are squeezed into skinny gaps and scraps of land.

Thin buildings in Japan. Source: darkroastedblend.com
Thin buildings in Japan. Source: darkroastedblend.com
Left: Ramen shop in Sangenjaya, Tokyo
Top right: at Kochi - width from 10 cm to 1,500cm
Bottom right: in Tokyo


Fuller building, also known as the Flat Iron Building, New York. Opened in 1902
Fuller building, also known as the Flat Iron Building, New York. Opened in 1902.

Several people have collected images of skinny buildings. These include:

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now that the us government is controlling the us motor industry...


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[Link lead from the auroran sunset]

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lights out - earth hour, paris style

Before and during Earth Hour 2009, according to Viewsurf.com webcam

“Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming.”

Before and during Earth Hour 2009, according to Paris-Live.com webcam

[Note: abelard.org has placed this news item under fun because the event does not make a real or permanent direct effect on world ecology. It appears unintegrated, rather like a vegetarian who wears leather shoes.]

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spotted on the streets of london

abelard's yaks' bus advert. Source: ruletheweb.co.uk

Go to the linked page to create your very own bus-side advert.

“Atheists have started advertising on buses in the UK. Do you want to see your own message on the side of a bus? Well now's your chance.”

[Link heads up from DVH]

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all the fun of the fair - mad humans

mad Japanese! [Original site in Japanese]

View of cycle rollercoaster in Japan, with normal rollercoaster on the left. Note the cycle with pale blue roof shade and two passengers.
View of cycle rollercoaster in Japan, with normal rollercoaster on the left. Note the cycle with pale blue roof shade and two passengers. [Image: drkssk2.fc2web.com]

Rollercoaster two-seater cycle
Rollercoaster two-seater cycle [Image: drkssk2.fc2web.com]

Yikes! Rather them than me - but the view is amazing!
Yikes! Rather them than me - but the view is amazing! [Image: drkssk2.fc2web.com]

crazy Dutch, with a drive-in Ferris wheel!!!

Ferris wheel for the ambulatorily challenged
Ferris wheel for the ambulatorily challenged [Image: driveinwheel.nl]

Loading cars onto the ferris wheel for a ride
Loading cars onto the ferris wheel for a ride [Image: driveinwheel.nl]

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giant cockroaches are taking over the world -
robots wanted, no humans need apply


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And when they’re not working ...


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