Swanky pool in the Mojave desert is open for anyone to take a dip in — if they find it

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 17 July 2014

Austrian artist Alfredo Barsuglia has done something slightly audacious by bringing public art to a space where the public will need to hunt for it: he built a lux eleven-by-five-feet wide pool in the Southern California desert.

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Door to hell: a crater that’s been burning for 40 years

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Friday 15 November 2013

In 1971, Soviet scientists started digging for gas resources in a field in the Karakum Desert in Darweze, Turkmenistan. The ground unfortunately collapsed due to the strain of the drilling process. The scientists tried to contain the escaping hazardous methane gases by setting it on fire. What they didn’t realize was this would accidentally open the gates to hell itself, and thus starting the countdown to the end of days.

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A swimming pool in the middle of the desert? Not a mirage

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By Lai Chow in Uncategorized on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Los Angeles-based Ball-Nogues Studio, reworked the plywood structure of one of its art installations, Talus Dome, to create a new art installation: Yucca Crater near Joshua Tree National Park. With the 30-ft earthwork and participatory installation, visitors were able to climb in and jump into 8 feet of glistening water. The pool is a reference […]

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Sociable Weaver birds build nests in the middle of nowhere

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By Dijana Necovski in New Photography on Monday 19 August 2013

South African photographer, Dillon Marsh, has taken a series of photographs of nests. Nests? I hear you ask. That’s right, nests. But no ordinary bowl-lookalike nests that are found in trees. These nests are the homes of Social Weaver Birds, and are usually found wrapped around telephone poles in the land of nowhere, which you […]

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Snow at Atacama Desert

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 16 March 2013

As one of the most arid places on Earth with less than ten millimetres of precipitation per year and humidity that often drops below 10%, the Atacama Desert gets over 300 clear nights every year — which is great for the European Southern Observatory. Surprisingly, while the desert is extremely dry, it gets snow for […]

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Burial At Sea’s video for Heartless Lover

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By Jimmy Thompson in Video on Tuesday 14 June 2011

Some strange things happen out in the desert. Luckily we caught it all on tape, as Los Angeles trio, Burial At Sea, bottle a timeless and unique Californian sound.

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Storms

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By Ximena Etchart in New Art on Wednesday 2 March 2011

The subjects appear as if from a cloud: an investigation of incredible human endurance in the everyday.

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