Blyde River Canyon, in the eastern part of South Africa, thanks to its length of 50 kilometers (~31 miles), its depth of 750 meters (~2460 feet) and its surface of 260 square kilometers (~100 square miles) is the third largest canyon in the world, behind the Grand Canyon in the USA and the Fish Eagle Canyon in Namibia.
Since 1964, in the city of Yamanouchi, in the northern part of the Nagano Prefecture, a very unusual park can be found.
The name Jigokudani means “Hell Valley”, a name that’s been inspired by the vapours emitted by the thermal activities of these japanese valleys.
But what makes this park so peculiar is the presence of a large community of Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata), more commonly known as Snow Monkeys who love to bathe and relax in the thermal waters of the park.
Although it looks like a snowy wilderness, it is actually a veritable sea of white sand due to the wind erosion of the crystallized gypsum which is abundant in the region. The dunes of White Sands, a protected area in New Mexico, United States, represent the world’s largest gypsum sandbanks and…