Its majesty Cerro Torre (3102 meters) is a granite spire permanently crowned by violent Pacific winds and thick ice. 🗻🌬️
It was considered by the first climbers as an impossible mountain. In 1952 Lionel Terray (first climber to reach the summit of Fitz Roy) said that "at last there is a mountain worth risking one's life for". 🇦🇷
The Salinas Grandes salt flat is the largest in Argentina, and the third largest in the world. It is part of the indigenous Kolla and Atacama peoples’ ancestral territory. They have built their lives around the region’s arid climate, harvesting salt, herding cattle and growing crops.
The salt flat’s mineral-rich fossil water, or brine, sustains the life of microorganisms whose role in the broader ecosystem is still not fully understood. It also contains lithium, a highly sought-after component of lithium-ion batteries used primarily in electric vehicles.
After more than a decade of studying the impacts of lithium extraction, demanding their right to consultation, and resisting the nonconsensual incursion of lithium companies in their lands, 33 Kolla and Atacama communities have taken a strong and united stance against any lithium exploration or extraction.
In December of 2019 the communities, with the support of Fundación Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, filed an environmental protection action “to prevent the serious and irreversible damage of lithium and borate mining” in the Salinas Grandes. Today these communities continue to fight for their land and water, alongside other communities threatened by lithium projects in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. 👨🏽🌾🇦🇷🧉
An unmistakable icon of the northern French coast, the UNESCO-listed Mont-Saint-Michel is a magical island crowned by a lofty medieval monastery, looming dramatically on the horizon and defying some of the highest tides in Europe.
The architecture of Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey is evidence of the mastery and expertise of several generations of builders.
The construction of the Abbey over a period of 1,300 years, on an inhospitable site, represents an undisputed technical and artistic feat. 🏰 🇫🇷
Florence's Cathedral, formally Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, was built in 1296 and is part of th UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The dome was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi himself, considered to be the founding father of the Renaissance architecture. 🎻🇮🇹
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