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#447436 - 09/26/12 01:43 PM Blue Hole Among The Top 10 Places To Celebrate
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Exciting News! Belize’s extraordinary Blue Hole has been featured in the Traveler’s issue of National Geographic magazine. The August/September 2012 issue features a story on “World Wonders, 10 Places to Celebrate.” National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most read travel magazine and uses a sense of story-telling complemented by sensational imagery.

“We’re very happy to see our magnificent country being continuously covered in these world renowned magazines, especially that of the National Geographic Traveler” commented the Director of Tourism, Mrs. Laura Frampton.

The overall theme of this magazine is “Nobody Knows the World Better.” In this issue, writer George W. Stone attempts to bring recognition to “lesser known jewels of natural beauty and cultural tradition” that are sometimes overlooked and even threatened. The article mentions Jacques Cousteau’s theory on the formation of the Great Blue Hole. He believes that this phenomenon is due to geological shifts from over 150,000 years ago.

The Blue Hole is among other worldly wonders such as the largest mud brick structure located in Mali, and “the rock garden of the gods,” the Wadi Rum Protected Area located in Southern Jordan.

To learn more about this issue and the other wonders listed, please visit the National Geographic Traveler website at http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel .


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#458571 - 02/22/13 02:06 PM Re: Blue Hole Among The Top 10 Places To Celebrate [Re: Marty]
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The Great Blue Hole of Belize Named the Most Amazing Place on Earth

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1. The Great Blue Hole

From the air, the Great Blue Hole of Belize resembles an otherworldly maw, intent on drinking down the surrounding Lighthouse Reef Atoll. In reality, the 1,000-foot (305-meter) wide hole is simply a sinkhole in the ocean. Geologists believe that an underlying cave system collapsed under increased pressure some 10,000 years ago due to rising sea levels.

The dark hole descends 412 feet (126 meters), terminating in lightless depths where a lack of oxygen prevents most forms of life from thriving. Divers rarely plunge these depths, however, as most are content to explore the stalactite-rich caverns accessible from depths of some 130 feet (40 meters) below the surface.

From hidden depths to towering vistas, these are just 10 of Earth's countless geologic wonders -- each more than a rival for anything dreamed up for fiction and fantasy. We live on a spectacular planet; you just have to open your eyes to it.

Explore the links on the next page to learn even more about Earth's amazing geology.

The ocean has a hole in it.


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