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Antarctic Abandonments Through the Ages

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We all know just how inhospitable the Antarctic is, so it's hardly surprising that many people who set up shop in the region later abandoned their shelters and never bothered to return. What is surprising, though, is the amazing way the frigid climate preserves most of these structures, leaving them in almost the condition they were left in, even after decades.

WebUrbanist has a fascinating look at ten of these abandoned areas, including the former home of early Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton. His shack, seen above, hadn't been touched for 100 years when a team from the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust paid a visit and discovered a stockpile of Australian brandy and Scotch whiskey that had been aged for a century.

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Stare All You Want at These Photos of the Solar Eclipse
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It’s Superman’s worst nightmare: the complete disappearance of the Sun from our perch on Earth. For non-Kryptonians, it’s a rare and awesome chance to see a unique spectacle that hasn’t happened for 99 years. Multitudes gathered Monday to observe the solar eclipse, a complete obstruction of the sun’s rays by the moon in an epic galactic photo-bombing. Here’s how stargazers across the country greeted the astronomy event.

Artist Orion Fredericks created this art installation, 'Exsucitare Triectus,' for the public at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in Ochoco National Forest.
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Twitter user Doug McArthur of Portland finds a novel way of avoiding direct eye contact.

Observers at Cal State Fullerton utilize a USPS-approved method for observing the eclipse safely.

That tiny little blemish isn't a bug on your screen: It's the International Space Station transiting the sun during the eclipse.

Pictured: an unidentified man and Zuul, Gatekeeper of Gozer.

The 'diamond ring' effect as seen from the Lowell Observatory in Madras, Oregon.
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Another novel way to avoid retina damage while enjoying the spectacle.

Through a portal in Kansas City, Kansas.

Boston gets its view of the celestial sensation.

The safest way to be in awe.
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9 Exhilarating Close-Up Photos of Sharks
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Dive into the world of Shark, a new book by award-winning photographer Brian Skerry.

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