What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXIII

Published July 31, 2015
Published July 31, 2015

A Giant Lake Dries Up, Becomes A Graveyard For Ships

Abandoned Ship Aral Desert

Source: Bored Panda

Over the past few decades, a massive lake the size of Ireland has almost completely dried up–and far too little of the world seems to have noticed. Kazakhstan’s Aral Sea, once the fourth largest lake in the world, has been steadily drying up since the 1960s, when Soviet irrigation projects began diverting the rivers that fed it. Today, the Aral Sea is estimated to be less than 10% of the size it once was. This has turned the former seabed into what is now called the Aralkum Desert and has wreaked havoc on the economic and environmental conditions of the surrounding area. All too appropriately, some of the desert is now a graveyard–for ships. Walk amid the graves at Bored Panda.

Aral Boat Graveyard Desert

Source: Bored Panda

Aral Ship Graveyard Desert

Source: Bored Panda

Nine Fantastically Charming Towns You Must Visit

Santorini Red Sky Evening

Santorini, Greece. Source: All That Is Interesting

Small towns strewn with canals and cobblestone. Picturesque villages perched on the edges of pristine lakes and seas. Cozy hideaways tucked into the mountains. From France to the Czech Republic to Vietnam to right here in America, there are plenty of places in this world that seem to belong in a fairy tale. Explore nine of the very best.

Hallstatt Water Snow Houses

Hallstatt, Austria. Source: All That Is Interesting

Burano Boats Canal Colors

Burano, Italy. Source: All That Is Interesting

The Most Frighteningly Bizarre Ocean Creatures, Rare Images Of Life Inside North Korea, And More

The teeth of the fangtooth fish–which can live over three miles beneath the ocean’s surface–are so large (the largest of any ocean creature, relative to body size) that it can never actually close its mouth… Over 1,500 miles of North Korea’s coastline are protected by electric fences in order to prevent citizens from fleeing the country… A hummingbird weighs less than a penny… For more of the most interesting facts, stories, and the stunning photos that go along with them, join All That Is Interesting’s weekly newsletter!

John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting.