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The Missouri River

The Missouri River is the longest river in North America.

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The river derives from Montana, located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and flows for approximately 2,341 miles (3,767 kilometers) before it empties into the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis, Missouri.

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The Missouri River and the Mississippi River combine to create the 4th longest river system in the world.

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For thousands of years, many people have depended on the Missouri River. From drinking water to transportation, irrigation, flood control and now even for the generation of hydroelectric power.

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As you can see this long body of water has played an important role over the years.

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Miyake-Jima Island (Japan)

No, the images that follow are not scenes out of a horror movie. It's par for the course on this Japanese island, where sulfuric gas leaking from the local volcano makes gas masks a regular necessity.

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In 2000, a mass evacuation was instituted due to extremely high levels of toxic gas in the area after a series of eruptions from Mount Oyama, the main volcano on the island.

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All flights into the area were stopped for over eight years due to the high levels of sulfur as well.

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Miyake-jima residents were finally permitted to return to their “normal” routines in 2005 though residents are required to carry a gas mask with them at all times.

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Washington, DC Wasn’t Always The Capital Of The United States

Many people today recognize Washington, DC as the capital of the United States.

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However, it turns out that Philadelphia, Pa. was the very first capital. The First Continental Congress had to meet in Carpenters' Hall from September 5 to October 26, 1774, because Independence Hall was being used by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

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In fact, nine different cities across the country have served as the nation's capital at one point or another, even if only for a day. Believe it or not, from 1785 until 1790, New York City served as the country’s capital. While it may not be the capital today, over 8 million people reside in New York City, making it the most populous city in America.

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According to the “In Depth” link below, cities like Baltimore, Lancaster (for one day), York, Princeton, Annapolis and Trenton also served as our capital at one time or another.

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Washington didn’t become the capital until 1790. In 1790, the Residence Act was passed. This gave George Washington the freedom to pick a spot for the permanent capital. He chose Washington, D.C.

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Spotted Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Spotted Lake has long been revered by the native Okanagan (Syilx) people and it’s easy to see why they think of it as sacred.

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In the summer the water of the lake evaporates and small mineral pools are left behind, each one different in color to the next.

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The unique lake can be viewed on Highway 3, northwest of the small town of Osoyoos, although visitors are asked not to trespass on tribal land.

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You won't get a speeding ticket from Morrison PD if you drive the speed limit through the canyon.

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White Island, New Zealand

The New Zealand police said in a press release yesterday that at least five people died when an eruption took place last Monday afternoon on White Island. The death toll is expected to rise. White Island sits about 30 miles offshore from mainland New Zealand and experts say it's the country's most active cone volcano, with about 70 percent of the volcano lying under the sea.

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Authorities scrambling to search for survivors after a volcanic island erupted said Monday that aerial searches have revealed "no signs of life" since the eruption. The island is uninhabited, and mining businesses have abandoned their sites.

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"Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation," police stated. "Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island." Those dead were from a group of some 23 people who had been evacuated shortly after the eruption, according to New Zealand National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims -- all of whom suffered some degree of injury. Earlier police said at least 10 people were missing and believed to still be ashore.

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White Island has been active for at least 150,000 years, It is a stratovolcano, (composite cone volcano) made of layers of andesite lava flows and pyroclastic deposits. Since human settlement in New Zealand there has been continual low level activity and small eruptions. This activity is closely watched by authorities and tourists alike.

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Setsuko Nakamura

On the morning of Aug. 6, 1945, Setsuko Nakamura sat with her Grade 8 classmates on the floor of her private girls school, listening to a lecture about duty to the emperor. Setsuko and some of her classmates had been training as decoding assistants for the Japanese army, in preparation for the final invasion by Allied forces.

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But the Allies didn't invade Hiroshima. At 8:15 a.m., Setsuko saw a blinding blue-white flash out the window; she felt her body fly through the air. When she regained consciousness, the schoolroom had collapsed around her. It was dark as night and silent except for the faint whispers of her classmates: "God help me. Mother, help me!"

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She felt a hand on her back and a male voice – a soldier, perhaps – urging her to crawl to safety. She crawled. When she was free of the building, she turned around and saw in the unnatural darkness of morning that her school was on fire, her friends within it. She was 13 1/2 years old.

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She grew up to become a famed peace advocate, who now lives in Toronto as Setsuko Thurlow following her marriage to a Canadian. A campaigner for the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, or ICAN, she gave a speech on its behalf at the award ceremony when it won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 for efforts leading to the adoption of a U.N. treaty outlawing nuclear weapons.

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Wacky Hotels – A Series

Winvian Farm, Lichfield Hills, Connecticut:

Winvian Farm is a 113 acre resort consisting of 18 cottages, a suite and some unusual accommodations.

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The Hadley Suite is 950 sq. ft. with a wood burning fireplace, Jacuzzi and steam shower while the cottages vary in size and decoration.

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The room that catches everyone’s eye is the Helicopter Suite. A 1968 Sikorsky Sea King Pelican HH3F helicopter has been fully restored and awaits those eager to spend the night aboard. Your suite comes with pilot and copilot seats along with a few modern updates such as sofa and flat screen TV. Housed in a “hanger” you can sip cocktails while dreaming of flying through the skies. The king size bed site in the hanger next to the helicopter so if you get the urge to play pilot during the night it is only a few steps away.

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Shady Dell Hotel – Bisbee AZ:

Kick-started in 1927, The Shady Dell Vintage Trailer Court in Bisbee town of Arizona in USA has come a long way as a provider of trailer and camping spaces along Highway 80.

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A unique stay awaits you here in vintage boats and trailers from the 20th century. Whether you choose to spend the night in the restored and elegantly furnished yacht, in a bus or a trailer, you can be assured of all basic amenities and comfort.

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This is your chance to dive into the 1930s with many vintage items like TVs and phonographs placed in the trailers.

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The town of Bisbee has many interesting places around where you can experience Arizona’s beauty and history. You can make a visit to the Sonoita Vineyards and sample some wines or travel to Sandhill Crane for some birdwatching.

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History buffs will love the century-old Copper Queen Library and Bisbee’s Heritage Stairs. Alternatively, the town has great dining options for you to explore like Ana’s Seasonal Kitchen and Café Roka, both of which are located on the Main Street.

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Check their website. Minors under 15 may not be allowed.

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Berkeley Pit, Montana

Copper from this former open-pit mine helped to electrify America. Now it is filled with more than 40 billion gallons of acidic water, heavy metals, and unique microscopic lifeforms.

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The Berkeley Pit is a former open-pit copper mine in Butte, Montana and now one of the only places in the world where you can pay to see toxic waste. The sheer scale of the site is something to behold. In aerial photos, it appears simply as a huge black splotch.

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The pit is one mile long by half a mile wide, and over 1,780 feet deep, 1,000 of which are filled with acidic water with high concentrations of heavy metals and toxic chemicals, including copper, iron, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid.

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The iron-rich water near the surface is reddish, yielding to a vibrant lime-green hue not far below the surface, where copper concentrations are higher. If you were to drink large amounts of this lovely concoction it would kill you by corroding through your digestive system.

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Another unique place created by the huge interest in copper mining is the town of Jerome, Arizona. It is perched on the side of Mingus Mountain, not too far from Sedona, and very close to Cottonwood, where I live. Jerome is almost exactly a mile high and at one time was famous for being a ghost town. Now, it's famous for being a tourist attraction, etc. Fun place to visit--once in awhile!!


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The London Bridge

Over the centuries, London’s famous London Bridge has been rebuilt numerous times. Sometimes it was a wooden structure, sometimes stone.

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One version has been in Colorado for almost 50 years, but the fact that London Bridge stretches across a channel of the Colorado River in Lake Havasu City is about as weird as it gets.

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In 1968, Robert P. McCulloch Sr., the founder of Lake Havasu City, bought the world’s largest antique for $2.46 million.

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The structure was dismantled, each of the 10,276 granite blocks were numbered, then shipped from London to Arizona and painstakingly reassembled. The deal also included ornate lampposts made from Napoleon Bonaparte’s cannons captured at Waterloo. The process took three years, and in October 1971, a dedication ceremony welcomed the bridge to its new desert home.

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