Cathedral Cove,New Zealand

Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve is a marine reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand.Cathedral Cove is named after the cave located there linking Mares Leg Cove to Cathedral Cove. Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay are also located within the reserve.

A walking track exists from the northern end of Hahei Beach, and it is also possible to walk from the local authority car park at the top of the headland between Hahei and Gemstone Bay. The area is very popular with tourists, and receives around 150,000 visitors a year.

The Māori name Te Whanganui-A-Hei (the Great Bay of Hei) refers to Hei, a tohunga from the Te Arawa waka. According to tradition, Hei chose the area around Mercury Bay as home for his tribe, proclaiming ownership by calling Motueka Island “Te Kuraetanga-o-taku-Ihu” (the outward curve of my nose.) It is said he made this claim near the site of the present-day of Hahei.

Harrismith Beach, Barbados

Harrismith Beach is on Barbados, one of the iconic islands of the Caribbean. Any mention of Barbados conjures up images of pirates and treasure, and it still retains an atmosphere of exoticism and adventure even though the Jack Sparrows and Captain Morgans are long gone to Davy Joness locker.

You can still have a castaway experience on this fine stretch of secluded sand because the resort scene is miles away on the islands more developed beaches.

Access is down a cliff face that has steps carved into it and there are the ruins of an old plantation overlooking the sea, bestowing a distinctly romantic air and giving the beach a charm often lacking in some others

Columnar basalt on the Icelandic coast

East of Reykjavik lies a mountain named Hengill. Hengill was formed from a Palagomite tuff and its highest point is around 800 metres above sea level. Hengill is a central volcano and has a giant magma chamber beneath it.

When the lava cools, it contracts. This is because hot things generally take up more space than cool things. Think about hot steam, for instance. When you open the lid of a simmering pot or a tea kettle, that hot steam wants to escape and expand into the air.

When thick basalt lava flows cool, they tend to form hexagonal cracks, called columnar joints. Among the world’s best-known examples of these “columnar basalts” are the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland and the Devil’s Postpile in California. No exposures of those scales exist in Hawaiʻi, but the columnar jointing in the Mauna Loa flow exposed at Boiling Pots, though small, provides a great opportunity to observe the result of lava’s cooling process.

The south coast of Iceland has so much to offer you. We start by driving south on Highway 1. We explain to you the geology of Iceland and show you many of the amazing and exciting places that have emerged in Iceland in both the past and present.

Solomon Islands, Papa New Guinea

Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi).

The country’s capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. Solomon Islands should not be confused with the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that includes Solomon Islands and Bougainville Island.

The islands have been inhabited for thousands of years. In 1568, the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña was the first European to visit them, naming them the Islas Salomón.[3] By 1893, the United Kingdom had established a protectorate over what was then known as “the Solomon Islands”.

During the Second World War, the Solomon Islands campaign (19421945) saw fierce fighting between the United States and the Empire of Japan, such as in the Battle of Guadalcanal.