At first sight, the Carcross Desert does not look like a desert or anything special at all. Everything in that 600m wide land area is covered with snow. You’ll be able to recognize that it is indeed a desert when you look at the melted crust’s cracks and see the sand. This unique desert is in Canada’s Yukon.
Unlike the deserts that we are used to, the Carcross Desert is different and is one of a kind. It is as well considered to be one of the most bizarre phenomena geologically speaking. The Carcross Desert was called originally Naataase Heen which means water is running through the narrows.
The Carcross Desert In Canada is the smallest known desert in the whole world at 600m wide.
“The desert has long been an enigma to us locals,” said Keith Wolfe Smarch, a villager in Carcross, a member of the Tlingit First Nation and a wood carver.
“There’s plenty of rare vegetation that lives down by the beach on the Carcross River, and one day the desert will swallow it up. It shapes our town.”
Species of ungulates, insects and even plants that are fairly new to Science is said to be found in the Carcross Desert.
At Bennett Lake and Nares Lake crosspoint was where the Carcross Village was found, about 4000 years ago.
The Carcross Desert’s unique landscape has been the inspiration of Tlingit First Nation’s Artist Keith Wolfe Smarch in all his work for such a long time.
Carcross has now grown with a population of 301 and so has its visitors.
Sports enthusiasts go to the desert on weekends and have made it their playground. During summertime, sand borders, hikers, and quad bikers use the exposed dunes.
But when the snow falls, snowboarders, snowshoers, and ski tourers come and play. Not just that, geologists and scientists have been going to the Carcross Desert too to unravel the secrets and mystery of this strange little desert.
Mountain goats and Dall sheep are just a few of the rare wildlife you can find in the Carcross Desert.
Truly, the Carcross Desert is one of dear Earth’s beauty and wonder.
8 Ancient Temples You Can Still Visit Today
These temples will give you a glimpse at what life was like hundreds of years ago.
There are several ancient temples around the world that are still intact today. These structures are true testaments to how our ancestors made buildings that were meant to last.
The term "temple" comes from the Latin word "templum" which was used in ancient Rome to describe a sacred precinct for priests. Today, the term is rarely used unless describing ancient structures that have withstood the test of time. Here are nine ancient temples that you can still see and visit today.
1. Dwarkadhish Temple
Jacob’s Well, One Of Earth’s Most Mesmerizing Yet Dangerous Natural Wonder
Will you have the courage to take a dive?
During the hot summer months in Central Texas, one can get relief from the stifling heat by either downing an ice-cold glass of beer, staying in their air-conditioned rooms, or swimming in one of the world’s most dangerous natural wonders, Jacob’s Well.
The mystery of Jacob’s well is what attracts people to swim in it. It is a thrill seeker’s paradise. While the waters are indeed refreshing and it’s beauty impeccable, it's also the deathbed of many a few divers. It’s a never-ending black hole that has lured people to their demise.
Jacobs Well is a karstic spring located in Hay County, southwest of Austin Texas.
Nevis Catapult, New Zealand’s Latest Thrill Ride Turns You Into A Human Slingshot
Would you try this?
New Zealand is the world's capital of adventure tourism, and it’s giving people another reason to check the place out. Since skydiving appears to be a thing of the past now, New Zealand's South Island near Queenstown offers a new adventure for thrill-seekers — The Nevis Catapult.
The Nevis Valley on New Zealand's South Island near Queenstown is home of the world's first commercial bungee jump, but it is taking things up a notch by introducing a human slingshot. However, this isn’t just a human slingshot that you attempt in your backyard; The Nevis Catapult can catapult people nearly 500 feet in mere seconds.
New Zealand got even more adventurous.