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Our world is full of magical, mystical, and mysterious places that defy explanation.  There are treasures yet to be found, stone carvings we don't yet understand, and architectural feats to be explained. 

The Bermuda Triangle or "Devil's Triangle" is a triangular-shaped area off the coast of Florida that is famous for reports in which strange disappearances occur and magnetic compasses go haywire.  The area is situated in the Atlantic Ocean and is generally thought of as having apexes at Miami, Bermuda, and San Juan.  This area contains some of the deepest sub-oceanic trenches in the world,  encompasses the fast-moving waters of the Gulf Stream,  and has frequent strong water spouts and violent storms, making at least some of the reported odd phenomena attributable to human error or mishap.

Ward's LakeCrop Circles: wonders of geometry and form - where do they come from?  What is their purpose? Crop circles have apparently been around for a long time, but reports were not widespread and in the face of the public until about the last 40 years or so.   From the 1960's on, there has been a steady increase in reports of crop circles, along with an increase in the intricacy of the patterns, with almost 200 formations reported in 1999.

Ward's LakeSalar de Uyuni and Mt. Tunupa, Bolivia: The great salt lake of southern Bolivia. named Salar de Uyuni. The Salar is only an actual lake, with water, for a few weeks or months each year. For it is not water that makes it a lake but a sea of salt. Slightly over twelve thousand square kilometers in size and perched high in the Altiplano at 3720 meters, Salar de Tunupa is a vast expanse of the whitest white on earth. In the middle, piercing the blazing white, is the small island of Isla Inkahuasi; its sharp crags of volcanic rock as black as the darkest ink. The only evidence of island life are a profusion of tall and furry green cacti and a few dozen shy rabbits with long, cartoon-like ears. se together. Nine, seventeen and sixteen stones respectively survive; they were carefully erected so that they all appear the same height. The name "The Hurlers" refers to an old tradition that the circles are men turned to stone (presumably by the wrath of God) for "hurling the ball" on the Sabbath. 4m in length and 1m wide, was subdivided by sillstones into three compartments each containing cremated remains. Long after the megalithic mound was constructed Tara became the seat of the High Kings of Celtic Ireland.

Ward's LakeLake Titicaca, the Island of the Moon, and the holy mountains of Ancohuma and Illampu, Bolivia: Soaring majestically above sacred Lake Titicaca and often cloaked by ethereal mists, stand the mystic mountains of Ancohuma and Illampu. Far below these resplendent mountains is the lake of Titicaca. Situated at 12,506 feet and covering 3200 square miles, Lake Titicaca is over 1000 feet deep and has more than thirty (mostly uninhabited) islands. Three of its main islands; Amantani, Isla de la Luna (the island of the moon), and Isla del Sol (the island of the sun) figure richly in archaic Andean myths, and ruins of enigmatic temples are scattered throughout the hilly islands.


Ward's LakeQoyllur Rit’i, Peru: The worship and religious use of high mountains is widespread and of great antiquity in the Andes. There are more than 50 ceremonial sites on or near high mountain summits in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. One set of ruins, on the summit Llullaillaco at 6,723 meters, constitutes the world’s highest known archaeological site. While most of the archaeological remains found at these sites indicate construction by the Inca (between 1470 and 1532). The high Andean mountains were believed to be the abodes of deities that controlled the weather, the rains, and the productivity of crops. The mountains were worshipped for many thousands of years before the arrival of the Inca. the high Andean mountains were believed to be the abodes of deities that controlled the weather, the rains, and the productivity of crops.

Ward's LakeDevil's Tower, Wyoming, USA: The Devils Tower has been a sacred place of numerous Indian tribes since prehistoric times. Various legends are told about the origin of the tower. One story, common to the Kiowa, Arapaho, Crow, Cheyenne and Sioux tribes, concerns a group of little girls pursued by a giant bear. According to this legend, seven young Indian girls were one day playing in the forest. A great bear came upon them and gave chase. The girls fled swiftly through the trees but the bear slowly gained on them. Recognizing the hopelessness of their situation, the girls jumped upon a low rock and prayed loudly to the Great Spirit to save them. Immediately the small rock began to grow upwards, lifting the seven girls higher and higher into the sky. The angry bear jumped up against the sides of the growing tower and left deep claw marks, which may be seen to this day upon the rock walls. The tower continued to soar towards the sky until the girls were pushed up into the heavens, where they became the seven stars of the Pleiades. Known to the Indians as Mateo Tepee or Grizzly Bear Lodge, the tower is actually the remnant of a volcanic extrusion that occurred 60-70 million years ago. Rising some 1,200 feet above the nearby Belle Fourche River.

Ward's LakeSacred Mountains of Mexico: Near the old Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan - stand the two great sacred mountains of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, Popocatepetl means 'Smoking Mountain' and the 5452 meter volcano, while currently dormant, does frequently emit large clouds of smoke. Iztaccihuatl, meaning 'Sleeping Lady' or 'White Lady' in Nahuatl, is an extinct volcano rising to 5286 meters. Numerous shrine ruins, found as high as 12,000 feet on both peaks, show that the mountains served important religious functions for the Aztecs and perhaps earlier cultures. A romantic legend that dates from pre-conquest times relates that Popocatepetl, a great warrior, was in love with the fair maiden Iztaccihuatl, daughter of a tribal king. The lovers went to the king who told them he would allow the marriage only if Popocatepetl was victorious in battle with a rival tribe. Popocatepetl went off to battle, was indeed victorious, but was kept away longer than expected. A rival suitor to the hand of Iztaccihuatl spread the rumor that Popocatepetl had died in battle and the young maiden soon died of grief. When Popocatepetl returned he laid her body atop a mountain range that assumed the shape of a sleeping lady - the form that is evident in the western view of the Iztaccihuatl today. Overcome with sadness, Popocatepetl climbed the adjacent peak where, standing sentinel with a smoking torch, he eternally watches over his lost lover.


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