The Ming and Qing imperial tombs are outstanding testimony to a cultural and architectural tradition that for over 500 years dominated this part of the world. By reason of their integration into the natural environment, they make up a unique ensemble of cultural landscapes.
From time immemorial, the rulers of China attached great importance to the building of imposing mausolea, reflecting not only the general belief in an afterlife but also an affirmation of authority. When the Ming dynasty came to power (1368), an overall design was adopted. This was characterized by the attempt to achieve great harmony between a natural site meeting certain precise selection criteria and a complex of buildings fulfilling codified functions. The natural site, a plain or broad valley, must offer the perspective of a mountain range to the north, against which the tombs would be built, with a lower elevation to the south. It must be framed on the east and west by chains of hills, and feature at least one waterway. In order to harmonize with the natural setting, a number of buildings are constructed along a main access road several kilometres in length, known as the Way of the Spirits, which may branch off into secondary Ways leading to other mausolea.
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"I have been experimenting with random puzzle pieces from jigsaw puzzles since 2001. The classic puzzle pieces offered an interesting deflection for paint while creating Retro Spin Art. Since 2007, I have been creating detailed mosaic portraits of the human face. My specialty is being able to show great detail right down to eye lashes, lips and other fine facial features.
I have slowly developed and refined the technique of creating this art and have coined the term to describe it as Duzzle Art."
New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified structures in the middle of the Chinese desert.
It’s located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan, Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert. It covers an area approximately one mile long by more than 3,000 feet wide.
You can check it out yourself in Google Maps here.
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A cloud of lightning-topped ash rises toward a starry sky during the June eruption of southern Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano complex in a picture submitted to My Shot in October. The summer eruption grounded flights in Chile and neighboring Argentina.
This month officials began evacuating people from the immediate vicinity of the Hudson Volcano, 470 miles (756 kilometers) south of Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, according to the Associated Press. Recent releases of steam and ash from the volcano have had authorities in Chile and Argentina on high alert, AP reports.
Kudzu is an amazingly prolific invasive plant that has been devastating large areas of farmland, fields, and woods in the southern United States. When it first arrived, it spread uncontrollably because it had no natural enemies. Now, one has been found - a beetle that arrived as another accidental immigrant.
But the new arrival is a mixed blessing, because it also eats other legumes, including soybeans. This video was prepared by entomologists at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Science.
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