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Our world is wide and wonderful place, filled with amazing geological formations and incredible remote locations. From some of the most remote private islands in the world to incredible green retreats right outside of our biggest cities, here are some of the most fascinating places on Earth to take a trip.

Architecture of Antarctica: 12 Strange Sub-Zero Structures

With their heavy metal exteriors and tall legs, these 12 Arctic and Antarctic structures look surreal and almost sci-fi against the white polar landscape.

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12 Historic Sites & Ancient Ruins in Danger of Disappearing

These 12 ancient ruins, archaeological digs and historic sites could be wiped off the face of the earth by climate change, war and other challenges.

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Vertical Zoo Houses Animals in Cliff-Like Skyscraper

Zoo animals are contained in a towering eco-habitat that includes nesting for migratory birds & open-air footpaths in this 'ECO-CLIFF' concept for Buenos Aires.

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Man-Made Mountains: 12 Terrain-Inspired Buildings

Call it geo-mimicry: these 12 buildings made to look like hills and mountains pay stunning tribute to the landscapes around them.

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Hobbit Houses: 15 Grassy Hill-Shaped Dwellings

From backyard sheds in Britain to motels in New Zealand, hobbit-inspired green-roofed underground houses the world over pay tribute to Tolkien.

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11 Unbuilt Visions for Stalled Urban Architecture Projects

Thousands of construction sites sit empty due to lack of funding, but what if designers and architects were given free reign to bring them back to life?

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From Reservoir Ruins to Stunning Urban Park in Sydney

Sydney's celebrated Paddington Reservoir Gardens is a unique amalgamation of modern architecture and crumbling ruins, crafted from a disused urban reservoir.

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Hard Woods: 10 Amazing Petrified Forests

Petrified forests: these beautifully colored remnants of long-vanished landscapes are important links to the world as it was many millions of years ago.

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Floating Cities: 15 Last-Hope Homes for a Watery World

If the world is overtaken by rising sea levels and we're forced to give up the land for cities on the sea, hopefully they'll be as stunning as these designs.

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Lost & Cast Away: Ten Amazing Uninhabited Islands

Scattered like verdant pearls from sea to shining sea, these ten amazing uninhabited islands offer a glimpse of primeval Eden far from the madding crowd.

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That Sinking Feeling: The Top 10 Drained Lakes

This look at 10 drained lakes of the past and present shows what happens when Mother Nature - or the errant hand of Man - decides to pull the plug.

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Hail And Hailstones: A Cold Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

Bob Dylan wasn't referencing hail when he wrote "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" but truth be told, hail is as hard as rain can get.

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12 (More) Volatile Volcanoes That Are Ready to Blow

All around the world, there are potentially deadly volcanoes that have lain dormant for far too long. These 12 are showing signs that they could erupt soon.

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9 More Most Extreme Places on the Planet

This renewed look at our exceptional planet uncovers nine more extreme locations that rate their own place in the sun... rain, wind, snow, etcetera.

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World's Trashiest Hotel: Rome Hotel Made of Beach Garbage

Think that fleabag motel you stayed in was trashy? It was nothing compared to this hotel, which was made entirely of garbage found on the beach.

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