The Monastery Built on a Volcanic Plug

In central Burma there is a remarkable monastery, Taung Kalat, that sits atop an ancient volcanic plug.  Looking like the possible lair of a Bond villain or maybe ET's next port of call should he make a return visit, this amazing piece of architecture has weathered many a storm.  However, it may be finally brought down by the neglect of the military Junta that runs this troubled nation.

Yes, that's right a volcanic plug. It sounds dangerous but at this stage in its life, Taung Kalat poses no threat. A volcanic plug (sometimes called a ‘neck') is formed when magma, on its way up through a vent on an active volcano, hardens inside the vent. While the volcano is active this could well lead to the mother of all explosions and it would, you have to admit, be a shame if this beautiful monastery was to be catapulted in to the stratosphere. However, the volcano is thought (perhaps we should say hoped) to be extinct.


(image credit: Flickr user exfordy)

From the Upcoming ueue, submitted by taliesyn30.

classic post of something genuinely NEAT. good job, taliesyn30.

notice how it didn't include anything about something "steampunk" or barack obama? watch and learn people. vote yes on posting neat things on neatorama.
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Srsly, are you saying a life size steam punk statue of Barak Obama made of bacon isn't neat?!? Damn, all that wasted time and effort on my part.
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LOL. Actually I have to admit that'd be pretty damned neat. But I'm a sucker for bacon, even in the swine flu times we live in today. Save the pigs!
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"ET's next port of call should he make a return visit"? Wow, you really took the time to type those words, huh? A bold choice. Anyway, I think you're confusing "E.T." with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". The latter featured aliens landing at Devil's Tower, which sort of resembles the volcanic plug.
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