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11 Hidden Spots To Enter The Underworld

Atlas Obscura | Posted 10.04.2016 | Religion
Atlas Obscura

Hades. Naraka. Guinee. Xibalba. Though names may differ from one set of teachings to another, almost every religion on the planet features the concept of an underworld -- a place to which the souls of the dead are banished, for penance or punishment.

A New Digital Art Museum In Paris - What The Heck Is That?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 09.11.2016 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

In a city dedicated to beauty, style, and magnificent art, the arrival of a new kind of museum is sure to attract people, even the ones who would neve...

President Obama Shines Light on National Cave and Karst Research Agenda

Bob Brinkmann | Posted 06.14.2016 | Science
Bob Brinkmann

When President Obama and the First Family visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park this week, it will be the first time in my memory that a sitting presid...

The Secret Caves of America's National Parks

SmarterTravel | Posted 06.10.2016 | Travel

It's no secret that the U.S. is home to some of the most beautiful national parks in the world. Less well known, however, is that many of those parks ...

5 Reasons Phong Nha, Vietnam Needs to Be on Your Bucket List

Laura Nalin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Travel
Laura Nalin

I can honestly think of dozens of reasons I fell in love with Phong Nha, Vietnam, but I think it's best to narrow it down to a few. I think people should check out this place as soon as they can. Like, tomorrow. Here's why.

New Zealand Has A Cave Full Of Glowworms, And It's Wholly Surreal

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 05.27.2016 | Travel

Anyone with a bucket list is probably familiar with the glowworm caves of Waitomo, New Zealand. Thousands of tiny, glistening glowworms inhabit these ...

Art by Earth: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Stefanie Payne | Posted 04.18.2016 | Travel
Stefanie Payne

Stefanie Payne stands beneath a massive stalagmite at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish As our adventures march on this ye...

The Devil Lives in Florida! We Saw His Den.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.28.2016 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

The tiny town of Williston (less than 3,000 inhabitants) is famous for its peanuts and the festival that goes with it, but also for an incredible subterranean network of water flow and rivers.

Breaking Through: It's Been One of Those Months

Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS | Posted 03.17.2016 | Science
Sheyna E. Gifford, MD, MA, MS

Making discoveries, breaking legs, breaking mountainsides and records: that's been that kind of month. A really good month, all things considered.

The World's Most Breathtaking Caves Look Like Pure Magic | Posted 02.18.2016 | Travel

By Michelle Schuman for the Orbitz Travel Blog The proverbial underworld isn't always a dark, dank place--these 11 caves hidden in jungles, lakes a...

14 American Cities With Crazy Underground Tunnel Systems

Thrillist | Posted 01.14.2016 | Travel

By: Erik Christensen Credit: Evan Thompson Old American cities hide many old secrets, and if you believe National Treasure (yes), then you know the...

Hiking Hueco Tanks

Harriet Heydemann | Posted 12.11.2015 | Travel
Harriet Heydemann

The guide says the pictograph is one thousand years old, give or take one hundred. "You can't use carbon dating, because the paints are mineral based and not vegetable." Spook Caves

Rebecca Stoufis | Posted 11.18.2015 | Travel
Rebecca Stoufis

It was MEA days here Minnesota (no idea what the letters represent), and every year, the third week in October, students get Thursday and Friday off f...

Koryta's Last Words Exists in a Cold, Dark Place

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.28.2016 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Koryta uses the elements of the winter in Indiana to add chill to his story. Then he overlays that with any reader's feeling of claustrophobia by taking Novak deep down into the bowels of the earth. These isolated areas of tight space and total darkness play to all of our darkest fears.

In the Belly of the Earth

Christina Pacella | Posted 05.19.2016 | Travel
Christina Pacella

Summer is well on its way in Italy. It's 6:30 a.m. The sand is still cool under my feet and the sun has almost finished rising behind the stillness of the Adriatic sea. The breeze carries the scent of oleanders, pine trees and magnolias.

4 Things You Need To Know About The World's Largest Cave

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.13.2016 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

It's often said that the Age of Exploration is over. Mount Everest has been scaled, Antarctica traversed, every inch of every vast desert or rainforest mapped with satellite imagery and laser ranging technology.

4 Things You Need to Know About the World's Largest Cave

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 05.15.2016 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Modern-day explorers must look to other frontiers not yet mapped in any atlas: the bottom of the sea, for example, or faraway Mars. But sometimes we forget another unmapped mystery, often nearer at hand: subterranean caves.

The World's 16 Most Incredible Sea Caves

Thrillist | Posted 05.04.2016 | Travel

Are you ready to gaze upon the marvels of water and wind erosion? Sure you are. Here are 16 of the world's most incredible sea caves.

Floating Through the Pyrgos Dirou Caves Is a Trip for the Senses

Rick Steves | Posted 06.28.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my fondest memories of traveling in Greece as a student back in the 1970s was gliding by boat through the Pyrgos Dirou Caves. Now, a generation later, I've returned, and the experience was the same.

Bat Disease Epidemic Still Expanding Throughout North America

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Michael Sainato

For the past decade, an epidemic called White-Nose Syndrome has had severe impacts on bat populations throughout North America. The fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, feeds on soft tissues of bats such as their wings and noses.

Priscilla Frank

Yes, These Are Photographs Of Actual Caves And Icefalls On Planet Earth | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.24.2015 | Arts

Jagged fangs of rock candy. Puffy clouds of crystal. Rainbow rocks, slowly dripping. The following photographs seem to capture an alien planet, or per...

Ukranian Jewish Woman's Holocaust Story Teaches Us How to Survive

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 03.01.2015 | Religion
Danielle Wolffe

Mania Golberg sat in her dining room in Roswell, Georgia; explaining what it was like to hide in a dark underground cave in Ukraine for 344 days during the Holocaust. The enormity of what Mania lived through seemed somehow misaligned with the frail 85 year old Jewish woman sitting next to me kneading her hands.

10 Places You Shouldn't Go If You Have Phobias

SmarterTravel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel

In this, our most macabre month, we're taking a look at 10 places known for the kind of spectacles that many people would travel the world to see ... and a few would go to any lengths to avoid.

Caves, Icebergs, and Humanoid Landscapes: A Collaboration With Rebecca Chaperon

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

In my writing practice, I often write poems that have been sparked by an image. Last summer, I came across Rebecca Chaperon's work, and was stunned by its weird beauty.

PHOTO: Gigantic 'Supercave' Sets World Record

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Science

It's hidden beneath rolling hills, can be reached only via an underground stream, and now it has been named the world's biggest cave chamber: meet Mia...