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Miyake-jima: The “Gas Mask Island” of Japan

About 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Tokyo, Japan, in an area of the Pacific Ocean known as the “Devil’s Sea,” you will find a small island with a big story to tell. Miyake-jima is part of the volcanic Izu Islands, and host to Mount Oyama, an active volcano that sits at the very heart of the island. Because it emits poisonous sulfuric gas with very little warning, the 3,000 residents (as well as any visitors) are required to carry gas masks with them at all times.

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The desert oasis of Huacachina in Peru.

Huacachina, Peru: The Legendary Oasis of South America

Five hours south of Lima, nestled among the towering dunes of the Peruvian desert, lies the tiny village of Huacachina. Legend has it that Huacachina was created when an Incan princess was caught staring at her reflection in a mirror as she was walking through the dunes. When she ran away from her voyeur, she dropped the mirror, and it shattered, creating a pool of water.

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Model Yana Dobroliubova in Anna Radchenko's video Kokosmos.

“Kokosmos” Short Film Brings Russian Space Culture to the World

Russian director Anna Radchenko’s latest work “Kokosmos” blends multiple artistic disciplines into a striking and enlightened ode to her home country’s infatuation with space. The unearthly aesthetic of model Yana Dobroliubova is the centerpiece of Radchenko’s visual odyssey, seamlessly crossing genres between fashion film, ethereal music concerto, and experimental video.

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A concept spacesuit for future Mars exploration undergoing a field test at "Mars On Earth" on Devon Island is shown in this undated handout image.

Devon Island: One of the Most Mars-like Places on Earth

Nicknamed “Mars on Earth,” Devon Island is found in Nunavut in Canada’s Arctic and is Earth’s largest uninhabited island. There is a good reason nobody lives here – this desolate place features a polar-desert climate and barren, treacherous terrain. The plateau is often veiled by fog. Deep canyons and a large crater made from a meteorite impact mark the landscape.

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Plastikophobia art installation created by Benjamin Von Wong.

#Plastikophobia: An Instagram Trap to Raise Environmental Awareness

Social impact artist Benjamin Von Wong is back with another immersive art experience aimed at raising awareness about the harm of plastic pollution. After his #Strawpocalypse installation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Von Wong turned his attention to Singapore where he built #Plastikophobia, along with fellow artist Joshua Goh and social media strategist Laura François.