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The northwestern Pacific produces some of the world’s most intense and most devastating tropical cyclones, called typhoons in the Pacific and hurricanes in the Atlantic. In 2013, typhoon Haiyan, the strongest land falling typhoon on record, hit the Philippines, killing at least 6,300 people and affecting 11 million.

The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northern Australia, has long been one of the world’s most magnificent natural wonders, and it is the world’s largest living structure even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It is home to countless species of colorful fish, mollusks and starfish, plus turtles, dolphins and sharks.

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Many of the flowers used in temples and festivals are released into the river, because the Ganges, the Mother River, is believed to wash away people’s sins and bad karma together with the flowers.

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China has been plagued with severe floods from time immemorial. In 1950, shortly after an episode of severe flooding in Henan Province, the government built two major dams, the Banqiao Dam and Shimantan Dam. There are numerous smaller dams built as well.

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Taiyaki is a fish-shaped pastry with a creamy inner filling. The most common filling is red bean paste (anko in Japanese). Taiyaki literally means “baked sea bream,” and is a street snack that has been enjoyed in Japan for decades. There’s no fish in this sweet treat, the name actually comes from the fish-shaped mold that the snack is baked into.

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Orda Cave is located underneath the western Ural Mountains in the Perm region in Russia, and is known as the most beautiful cave in the world among divers. The length of this underwater gypsum cave is over 5.1 kilometers with around 4.8 kilometers being under water. This makes it one of the longest underwater caves and the largest underwater gypsum cave in the world.

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