China Danxia is a UNSECO World Heritage Site and the name given in China to landscapes developed on continental red terrigenous sedimentary beds influenced by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion). The inscribed site comprises six areas found in the sub-tropical zone of south-west China.
They are characterized by spectacular red cliffs and a range of erosional landforms, including dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls. These rugged landscapes have helped to conserve sub-tropical broad-leaved evergreen forests, and host many species of flora and fauna, about 400 of which are considered rare or threatened.
Below you will find an incredible gallery of these painted landscapes in Southern China along with additional information from UNESCO about China Danxia. Enjoy!
Archerfish (Toxotes sp.)
Archerfish are renowned for their amazing ability to shoot water at prey. The fish have a narrow grove on the roof of its mouth, which the fish presses its tongue against to form a channel. It then contracts its gill covers to force water through the channel to form a jet up to 5m long.
An adult archerfish can reliably shoot prey up to 2m away. If the first jet does not knock the prey into the water, the fish will quickly fire a second shot. Accuracy is gained through experience, with young fish hunting in small schools to increase the chance that the prey is hit.
Vailati A, Zinnato L, Cerbino R via Wikimedia Commons
Holy… I’ve been looking for this footage forever. Awesome.