Northern Lights over a still lake
Now THIS is a sinkhole
Following Tropical Storm Agatha, a massive sinkhole opened up in an intersection in Guatemala City. It swallowed a 3-story building. These are called Piping Features by geologists, and are relatively common in Karst Topography deposits (usually limestone).
National Geographic had a good spread on this http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/100601-sinkhole-in-guatemala-2010-world-science/
Everyone’s Right To Hike And Camp Anywhere
I love this. In the Nordic countries (and a few other spots in Europe), everyone has the right to hike and camp virtually anywhere in the country, as long as you do not “harm, disturb, litter, nor to damage wildlife or crops” and are a certain distance from the nearest structure (usually about 200 meters). This is freedom!
The freedom to roam, or everyman’s right is the general public’s right to access public or privately owned land for recreation and exercise. The right is sometimes called the right of public access to the wilderness or the right to roam. The access is ancient in parts of Northern Europe and has been regarded as sufficiently basic that it was not formalised in law until modern times. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_to_roam
This is the last animated GIF from my big hike along the southern coast of the Big Island (Hawaii). The waves continually pound the geologically recent lava flows creating stunning cavities, sea caves, and arches. It is a very wild place, and one of the best preserved natural areas I’ve found in this world (except for the piles of ocean garbage that floats up on lower terraces).
To get here, go to South Point, then hike in about 20 miles east.