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06Acadia National Park - Maine - USA (by Ken Rowland)
Acadia National Park is a national park located in the U.S. state of Maine. It reserves much of Mount Desert Island, and associated smaller islands, off the Atlantic coast. Created as Lafayette National Park in 1919, it was renamed Acadia in 1929 and is the third oldest national park east of the Mississippi River, following Thousand Islands (1904) and Point Pelee (1918) in Ontario.The area was originally inhabited by the Wabanaki people.While he was sailing down the coast of what is now Maine in the fall of 1604, Samuel de Champlain observed a large inshore island. He wrote:”That same day we also passed near an island about four or five leagues in length, off which we were almost lost on a little rock, level with the surface of the water, which made a hole in our pinnace close to the keel. The distance from this island to the mainland on the north is not a hundred paces. It is very high and cleft in places, giving it the appearance from the sea of seven or eight mountains one alongside the other. The tops of them are bare of trees, because there is nothing there but rocks. The woods consist only of pines, firs, and birches.” He named it Mount Desert Island.Over four centuries later, the area remains essentially the same.


29Wreck of the Peter Iredale - Hammond - Oregon - USAThe Peter Iredale was a four-masted steel barque sailing vessel that ran ashore October 25, 1906, on the Oregon coast en route to the Columbia River. It was abandoned on Clatsop Spit near Fort Stevens in Warrenton about four miles  south of the Columbia River channel. Wreckage is still visible, making it a popular tourist attraction as one of the most accessible shipwrecks of the Graveyard of the Pacific.

27Whiting - Indiana - USA (by Joey Lax-Salinas)Whiting is a city located in the Chicago Metropolitan Area in Lake County, Indiana, which was founded in 1889. The city is located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan. It is roughly 16 miles from the Chicago Loop and two miles from Chicago’s South Side. Whiting is home to Whiting Refinery, the largest oil refinery in the Midwest.


31Crater Lake, Mount Mazama – Oregon, USA by ben canalesMount Mazama is a stratovolcano in the Oregon segment of the Cascade Volcanic Arc and the Cascade Range located in the United States. The volcano’s collapsed caldera holds Crater Lake, and the entire mountain is located within Crater Lake National Park. When it last erupted, the eruption was 42 times greater than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.Mazama’s summit was destroyed by a volcanic eruption that occurred around 5677 (± 150) BC. The eruption reduced Mazama’s approximate 3,700 m height by about 1,600 m. Much of the volcano fell into the volcano’s partially emptied neck and magma chamber. At 2,487 m, Hillman Peak is now the highest point on the rim.


25Crater Lake, Mount Katmai – Alaska, USA by captain budd christmanMount Katmai is a large stratovolcano on the Alaska Peninsula in southern Alaska, located within Katmai National Park and Preserve. It is about 10 km in diameter with a central lake-filled caldera about 4.5 by 3 km in area, formed during the Novarupta eruption of 1912. The caldera rim reaches a maximum elevation of 2,047 m. In 1975 the surface of the crater lake was at an elevation of about 1,286 m, and the estimated elevation of the caldera floor is about 1,040 m. The mountain is located in Kodiak Island Borough, very close to its border with Lake and Peninsula Borough.


22Millenium Park - Chicago - Illinois - USA (von IceNineJon)Millennium Park is a public park located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Illinois, US, and originally intended to celebrate the millennium. It is a prominent civic center near the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline that covers a (99,000 m2 section of northwestern Grant Park. The area was previously occupied by parkland, Illinois Central rail yards, and parking lots.The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. As of 2009, Millennium Park trailed only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction.

Photo by IceNineJon.

03Washington Monument - Washington D.C. - USA (von romvi)The Washington Monument is an obelisk on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate George Washington, once commander-in-chief of the early Continental Army and the first American president. Standing due east of the Reflecting Pool and the Lincoln Memorial, the monument, made of marble, granite, and bluestone gneiss,is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7 11⁄32 inches tall; although taller monumental columns exist, they are neither all stone nor true obelisks.

Photo by Romvi.