In this selec­tion, you will find a fas­ci­nat­ing tour of very strange places that are on our still unex­plored plan­et. You can famil­iar­ize your­self with many of these places by click­ing on the links. Remem­ber that by learn­ing some­thing new, you will not only increase your knowl­edge base, but also become an amaz­ing and inter­est­ing con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist!

Salar de Uyuni

This Boli­vian desert is sig­nif­i­cant­ly dif­fer­ent from oth­er deserts known to us. Her area col­lect­ed a lot of salt deposits and active vol­ca­noes, large cac­ti and gey­sers. The Uyu­ni Salt Flat area is 10,582 square kilo­me­ters.

This top­ic is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the col­lec­tion about the most unusu­al places on Earth, pub­lished on the site ear­li­er.

the strangest places

Mummies Museum of Guanajuato

The muse­um dis­plays the mum­mi­fied bod­ies interred dur­ing the 1833 cholera out­break in Guano­ju­a­to, Mex­i­co. The mum­mies were dug up in 1865–1958, after a law was passed requir­ing pay­ment for these buri­als. These mum­mies are unique in that, unlike Egypt­ian mum­mies, they were not delib­er­ate­ly mum­mi­fied. The dry con­di­tions of the ceme­tery brought out nat­ur­al mum­mi­fi­ca­tion.

10 strange places

Springs of Beppu

The city of Bep­pu has 2,800 hot water springs that come out of the ground every day in unlim­it­ed quan­ti­ties. Espe­cial­ly ardent here are 9 sources and they are called: “9 gates of hell to Bep­pu”.

Dry McMurdo Valleys

This is one of the few areas in Antarc­ti­ca that is not cov­ered in snow or lay­ers of ice. Sum­mer tem­per­a­tures are so warm that the ice melts, cre­at­ing streams that feed the fresh­wa­ter lakes that lie at the bot­tom of the val­ley. The lakes nev­er freeze and have whole colonies of bac­te­ria and phy­to­plank­ton.

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Earth in photographs. Part 4

Rio Tinto

This Span­ish city is rich in heavy met­als. The dark red col­or of the water was formed due to the fact that the pop­u­la­tion has been min­ing met­al here for more than 5,000 thou­sand years. The first mines appeared here in 3000 BC.

Easter Island

887 mon­u­men­tal stat­ues on East­er Island still remain a mys­tery to mankind. The island was incor­po­rat­ed into Chile in 1888. It is the most remote inhab­it­ed island in the world.

hanging coffins

Coffins hang­ing on a cliff are not uncom­mon in places like Chi­na, Indone­sia and the Philip­pines.

North Bimini Island

These rock for­ma­tions are made of lime­stone. Many mis­tak­en­ly believe that half of the rock for­ma­tion was arti­fi­cial­ly made and is part of the lost city of Atlantis.


This is one of the strangest sand­stone rock for­ma­tions in the Unit­ed States, locat­ed in Ari­zona. Almost 200 mil­lion years ago, the area was just a desert, and now such a for­ma­tion has formed here — the Ari­zona wave.


Pamukkale means cot­ton cas­tle in Turk­ish. This is a nat­ur­al site in south­west­ern Turkey that con­tains ter­raced min­er­als, includ­ing car­bon­ate.