Citadelle Laferrière Fortress of Haiti

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The Citadelle Laferrière, located on top of a mountain in northern Haiti, is one of the largest fortresses in the Americas. The Citadel was built by Henri Christophe, who played a key role in the Haitian Revolution that eventually led to the country gaining independence from France in 1804. Continue reading

Stromatolites of Hamelin Pool

What appear to be rocks submerged in the hyper-saline water of Hamelin Pool at the base of Shark Bay in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, are not quite rocks. They are living things called stromatolites, created by tiny, single-celled microbes called cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), which are some of the earliest forms of life on earth. Continue reading