Posts tagged ‘volcanoes’

Take a Trip to the Philippines!

Fishing Boat Moored on the Beach, Palawan, Philippines

Visit a few of the 7,107 islands known as the archipelago of the Philippines and you’ll soon find out why the area is known as one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world. Active volcanoes like the Taal Volcano provide unique contrast to the rainforest below, and the impressive coral reefs that lay just offshore.

Resort on El Nido Miniloc Island, Philippines

Lensmaster The_Bard has taken the time to point out some of the best resources, websites, beaches, and destinations within the Philippines on his lens Trek-Philippines. It’s full of colorful pictures of the islands, tips on where to find the best reefs, some background and statistics on the marine biodiversity, and information on the cities and culture of these beautiful islands of the South Pacific.

Bacult Archipelago Islands at Dawn, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The Philippines shares part of the “coral triangle,” making it one of the most popular diving destinations on the planet. Offshore shipwrecks remain from World War II at Sangat Island Reserve and Coron Bay, while other islands offer an array of underwater creatures like barracuda, sharks and rays.

Shipwreck on Tubbataha Reef

El Nido Pangulasian Island at Dusk El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Soft Corals of Many Hues Cover a Reef, Malapascua Island, Philippines

Pair of Mandarinfish Swim Close Together Prior to Spawning, Malapascua Island, Philippines

The Philippines is a very active zone seismically and volcanically. In 2001, Mount Mayon erupted, and in 1991, Mount Pinatubo famously erupted after some 500 years of being asleep. Intrigued? Check out the The_Bard’s lens on The Philippines for more information on this incredible vacation destination!

Mount Pinatubo eruption

Some of this information was found on Wikipedia.

Books on the Philippines:
Philippines Travel Guide
Culture Shock! Philippines: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Philippines: The Land (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures)
Authentic Recipes from the Philippines (Authentic Recipes Series)

April 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm 1 comment

Travel to Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens, today
Mount St. Helens, as it looks today. It’s recovered quite well.
Photo by Skedonk on flickr, licensed under Creative Commons 2.0.

The world never experienced a volcano erupting and exploding live on TV before the Mount St. Helens eruption of May 18, 1980. The incredible power of mother nature was realized, as it claimed 58 lives and devestated surrounding forests. The sheer height of Mount St. Helens even decreased by 1,300 feet!

Mount St. Helens

Lensmaster MobyD chronicles some of the eruption day’s events, and has some interesting photographs of the devestation caused within the blast zone on his Mount St. Helens lens. If you’re planning a visit to the area, there are useful tips on when to go, what else is in the area, directions on how to get there, and information on the admission prices. This will certainly give you some ideas and trip planning material for your trip to this monument of Washington state.

More Mount St. Helens Resources and Books:

Ryan Lake and Some of the Millions of Trees North of Mount St. Helens Flattened by the Eruption

April 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm 2 comments


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