Madeira, an autonomous region of Portugal, is an archipelago comprising 4 islands off the northwest coast of Africa. It is known for its namesake wine and warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is volcanic, green and rugged, with high cliffs, pebbly beaches and settlements on deltas of the Fajã River. Capital Funchal has botanic gardens and is known for its harbor and a large New Year’s fireworks show.
The London Wall was the defensive wall first built by the Romans around Londinium, their strategically important port town on the River Thames in what is now London, England, and subsequently maintained until the 18th century.
Utah is a state in the Mountain West region of the United States. It is bordered by Colorado to the east, Wyoming to the northeast, Idaho to the north, Arizona to the south and Nevada to the west. It also touches a corner of New Mexico in the southeast.
Germany is a Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches. It has over 2 millennia of history. Berlin, its capital, is home to art and nightlife scenes, the Brandenburg Gate and many sites relating to WWII. Munich is known for its Oktoberfest and beer halls, including the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus. Frankfurt, with its skyscrapers, houses the European Central Bank.
Watch the majestic wolves of Yellowstone National Park. Videographer: Justin Grubb.
Gray wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in 1995, resulting in a trophic cascade through the entire ecosystem. After the wolves were driven extinct in the region nearly 100 years ago, scientists began to fully understand their role in the food web as a keystone species.
A special edition of Monocle On Sunday to mark Monocle’s 14th anniversary. Editorial director Tyler Brûlé and editor in chief Andrew Tuck are joined by guests to take a trip down memory lane – and have a few laughs too.
Qiliang Cave is found in the north of the ancient city of Fenghuang. In the local area, there is a saying that “no other caves better than Qiliang Cave”. There are mountains in the Qiliang Cave, and buildings in the cave, and there are cliffs, gardens and villages in the cave. The Yinyang river in the cave is the mysterious part of the cave. On the top of the high cave lie bats that signifies the darkness. Behind the water curtain on the riverside is the place where the previous Miao King held prisoners.
Karst is a topography formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves. It has also been documented for more weathering-resistant rocks, such as quartzite, given the right conditions.