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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 07:05 AM

Incredible Pictures Of The Isolated Island Called 'The Most Alien-Looking Place On Earth' {IMAGES}

http://www.businessinsider.com/socotra-island-pictures-2014-8?op=1



One of the most distinct plants on the island is the Dragon's Blood Tree. It gets its name from its crimson red sap, which has been prized for centuries for its purported medicinal qualities. The people of Socotra still use it today as a cure-all for many daily health problems, as well as for dying fabric.



Another surreal plant found only on Socotra is the "Desert Rose," or Bottle Tree, so-called because of its massive trunk that has adapted to store water during dry spells.



Can we talk about the beaches for a second? Socotra has some of the most pristine, beautiful beaches in existence. Look at that turquoise water.



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Reply Incredible Pictures Of The Isolated Island Called 'The Most Alien-Looking Place On Earth' {IMAGES} (Original post)
xchrom Aug 2014 OP
Cooley Hurd Aug 2014 #1
lovemydog Aug 2014 #2
NickB79 Aug 2014 #3
mikeargo Aug 2014 #4
PADemD Aug 2014 #6
alfredo Aug 2014 #5
PADemD Aug 2014 #7
Jim Lane Aug 2014 #8

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 07:45 AM

1. Absolute surrealism!

 

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:40 AM

2. I wanna visit that beach. Like, now!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:52 AM

3. Reminds me of the novel "Fragment"

Which took place on the fictional Hender's island: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragment_(novel)



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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:07 AM

4. Link is not working for me

Where is this island?

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Response to mikeargo (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:18 AM

6. Link

One hundred and fifty miles off the Horn of Africa lies a tiny archipelago of islands known as Socotra.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/socotra-island-pictures-2014-8?op=1#ixzz39L3zHjpd

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:08 AM

5. Kick and rec

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 10:31 AM

7. Interesting

In 2001, researchers discovered inscriptions deep inside the cave that they attributed to sailors staying on the island between 1 and 6 AD. The writings were in many different languages.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/socotra-island-pictures-2014-8?op=1#ixzz39L6qLa5X

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:42 PM

8. Thanks! I've added this link to Wikipedia

 

Wikipedia has an article about Socotra and I've added this to the "External links" section. It gives a better view of Socotra than the photos now in the article. I wish I could paste the photos right in but Wikipedia is strict about observing copyrights.

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