In today’s selection, we will talk about the most unusual corners of our planet. They are unusual in their landscapes, when you see these photographs, you might think that these places are on some other planets, in other galaxies, but not on Earth. The most amazing thing is that the initial impression is wrong — our planet is able to surprise us, constantly presenting new surprises and mysteries.
So, let’s move on to the story of the most unusual corners of our planet. We have already told you about places surrounded by many mysteries (The most mysterious places on the planet). In the same selection, we will focus on unusual landscapes that arouse admiration for their appearance alone — these are real wonders of nature. We always try to provide you with maximum information about the topic of interest, so in the rating we will refer to articles already written earlier — there you can learn more about all the places on our list.
Let’s start with the most unearthly part of our planet — the Dry Valleys in Antarctica. This desert is unique in that it is the driest place on earth. There has been no precipitation here for several million years. This place, in terms of its climate, is closest to Mars, therefore it is of particular interest to NASA. Mars rovers are being tested here, large-scale research is being conducted in all directions. It is the only part of Antarctica not covered in ice. In the valleys there is a frozen lake with extremely salty water, mysterious bacteria and organisms were discovered under the ice — this discovery served as confirmation of the theory that life exists on Mars. Read more about the Dry Valleys in the article The driest place on earth
In second place is the island of Socotra — the landscapes of this island are unique, and look more like alien ones. The island is geographically isolated from Africa for 6 million years, replete with many extremely rare species of flora and fauna — a third of them are endemic and are found only here. Despite the hot and dry climate, many amazing and beautiful plants grow here, many of which are about 20 million years old. More detailed information about this place in the article — Socotra Island
Next on the list of “Most Unusual Places on Earth” is the Rio Tinto Quarry in Andalusia, Spain. The huge careers of Rio Tinto create a surreal, moon-like landscape. The quarries are named after the river of the same name that flows here and leaches minerals from huge craters. Mining here has been carried out for many centuries, so the river turned bright red-orange, its acidity and saturation with metals just rolls over. At the moment, mining in this region has been stopped, and Rio Tinto attracts crowds of tourists and photographers to Andalusia
Let’s move on, we still have something to surprise you 🙂 I bet you have never heard of Spotted Lake, let alone seen such stunning landscapes. The lake is located in British Columbia, Canada. Depending on weather conditions and the season, the lake crystallizes and turns into a certain color. A lot of “spots” are formed on the lake — circles of minerals. This is the world’s largest concentration of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt), calcium and sodium, as well as silver and titanium. This place is sacred to the native Indians of Canada, and is famous for its healing properties — for this he was given the name Kliluk. Read more in the topic “Spotted Lake Kliluk”
Another unusual landscape is the world’s largest salt lake, Uyuni Salt Flats. This is a beautiful area with a huge salty desert, active volcanoes, large islands of cacti and geysers. On the surface of the lake you can ride a jeep — admire the unusual, sometimes unearthly beauty of this place. The Uyuni salt marsh is clearly visible from space, and is one of the points for calibrating satellites
In Brazil, there is another unusual place — Vale da Lua, which means Valley of the Moon. It is a water-washed rock formation with natural swimming pools. Vale da Lua is located in the Brazilian forest Chapada and is one of the oldest rock formations on the planet, consisting of quartz and crystals.
There are also unusual places in Japan. This is Bloody Pond, one of the famous springs of Beppu. There are nine unusual geyser springs in this city, but the most famous among them is the Blood Pool with bright red hot water. This color is due to the high content of iron in the water. This pond is also the most photogenic of all the springs.
At number eight on our list, the Shilin Stone Forest in China is a stunning example of karst topography. The rocks are made of limestone and shaped by water that has destroyed everything but these tree-like pillars. Since the Ming Dynasty, Shilin Stone Forest has been known as the “First Wonder of the World”
Another miracle of nature is the Richat Structure in Mauritania. It is also called the Eye of the Sahara. Richat is about 30 miles in diameter and is visible from space. The formation was originally thought to be the result of a meteorite impact, but modern geologists believe that the Richat structure is the result of erosion. The reason for its round shape is still a mystery that scientists around the world are struggling with.
The famous gates to Hell — Darvaz in Turkmenistan, also made it to our list. This place frightens with its power, thousands of tons of lava and heat emanating from the bowels of the Earth. There is a burning crater in the middle of the Karakum desert, its diameter is 60 meters and the depth is 20 meters. At its core, Darvaz is a gas well, and the history of its discovery is quite interesting. Researchers drilled a well here to extract gas, but as a result, this huge abyss opened up, the gas had to be set on fire so that no one was poisoned. Read more about the interesting history of this unusual place in the article “Darvaz, the gates to Hell”
The Eisreisenwelt ice caves close the list of the most unusual places on earth. These caves differ from any other caves in their icy unusualness. When you get here, you feel like you are in some other fairy-tale world. There are many ice caves in the world, but the Eisreisenwelt caves are the largest among them. Their total length is 40 kilometers, and only a small part is open to the public. But even this is enough for thousands of tourists every day to admire the grandeur and unusualness of this place.