Amazing Land Forms!
Izvorul Bigar, the Weeping Waterfall of Romania
This amazing water fall was created by water erosion. The water comes from a river further up the hill and falls down an amazing boulder, only supported on one side. When the water trickles down the piece of stone it creates crevasses in the rock and gives separate paths for the water to follow, creating a veil on its final decent. As you stare at this incredible formation you feel a sense of awe and wonder, as it has taken shape over hundreds, if not thousands, of natural years.
Jiuzhaigou Valley, China
Jiuzhaigou, meaning "Nine Village Valley", was named a National Park in 1982. This amazing valley, in China, was created by a snow glacier slowly sliding in between two mountains and creating a u-shaped valley that stretches for about 18 km! The valley is surrounded by a natural, untouched, dense forest that stretches up to 3150 m high This valley is spectacular because of the blue, green, and turquoise- coloured lakes and the local endangered giant pandas and golden snub-nosed monkeys. Seven of the nine Tibetan villages are occupied by approximately 1000 villagers, making up about 112 families.
The Tibetan Plateau
The Tibetan plateau in East Asia is the biggest plateau in the world. It was made by a collision between two tectonic plates about 55 million years ago. In one location, this collision caused the land "buckled up" and create the Himalaya mountain range. The Tibetan Plateau was created by the same tectonic plate collision farther away, but remained very flat and is called "The rooftop of the world". Extreme altitude variations and extensive permafrost, limit the amount of vegetation and habitation on the massive plateau. Some animals that are able to survive this climate are wolves, vultures, snakes and buffalo. One unique animal is the high-altitude jumping spider, who is able to survive at an elevation of 21,000 ft.