Given their chosen field of study, geologists aren’t widely considered to be keen observers of human behavior with a gift for poetic description. And yet, they’ve coined an apt and tantalizing turn of phrase to describe a phenomenon they’ve observed time and time again. And as it concerns terra that isn’t always firma, it can’t
I never imagined myself visiting the island of Taiwan until a friend told me about Snake Alley- a night market in Taipei that sells delicacies like dishes made with snake blood and snake meat among other things. Now I wasn’t exactly interested in having a taste, but I was intrigued enough to make a trip
Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in 1872, signed into law by Ulysses S. Grant. With miles of backcountry trails and hidden hot springs and waterfalls, it’s a land of majesty and mystery, where bison still roam and Old Faithful still erupts on schedule. Yet beyond this, many details about Yellowstone aren’t commonly known,
Even in Italy, a nation filled with wonders from antiquity, Venice stands out as a city that defies time. Still, global travelers who make the pilgrimage to this UNESCO World Heritage city are often unaware of the mysteries, milestones and curiosities that compose the Venetian fabric. Here are seven little-known facts about Venice, starting with
From May 1804 to September 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery on a remarkable expedition that covered more than 8,000 miles, starting near St. Louis and trekking west to the Pacific coast. When the 45 members of the original party embarked, the United States was less than 30 years old.
Hugging Australia’s northeastern coast like a necklace, the Great Barrier Reef stretches some 1,400-plus miles brimming with marine diversity; it’s the largest coral reef system in the world. You don’t have to travel halfway around the world to discover some of the reef’s secrets and surprises. Here are seven surprising facts. The first European to
Gold! The California Gold Rush conjures images of grizzled prospectors with pickaxes, booming cities that sprouted from nothing, and pans where swirling dirt dissolves into sparkling riches. Even if you’re not heading to the hills anytime soon, it’s always fun to mine factual nuggets from history. Here are seven little-known facts about the Gold Rush