33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can’t Believe These Actually Exist On Earth…
So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about it. Here are 33 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
Source: earthporm.comDuring the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites.
Tianzi Mountains, China
Source: michaelyamashita.comThese unqiuely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea level.
Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland
Source: niccolobonfadini.comniccolobonfadini.comThese sentinels are actually giant trees covered in snow and ice. This strange sight occurs in winter, when temperatures range from -40 to -15 degrees centigrade.
Reed Flute Caves, China
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland
Source: all-that-is-interesting.comIce caves are temporary structures that form at the edge of glaciers when flowing water melts a hole into glaciers. The tightly packed ice has very few air bubbles and absorbs all light except for blue, giving the ice it’s unique color.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
Bigar Waterfall, Romania
Source: 500px.orgThe locals call this waterfall “the miracle from the Minis gorge.” The moss formation which the falls travel over is 8 meters tall, creating one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives
Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming
Source: mostbeautifulplacesintheworld.orgGrand Prismatic Hot Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented microbes, which grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.
Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russia
Source: reddit.comLake Baikal is the largest and oldest freshwater lake in the world. In the winter, the lake freezes, but the water is so clear that you can see 130 feet below the ice. In March, frost and sun cause cracks in the ice crust, which results in the turquoise ice shards we see at the surface.
Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China
Source: laboiteverte.frThese colourful rock formations are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits laid down over 24 million years. Wind and rain then carved amazing shapes into the rock, forming natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls.
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
Source: 500px.orgThis tunnel was shaped over many years, as trains traveled the line three times time a day, molding the surrounding trees. Now abandoned, the track is a romantic spot for an afternoon stroll.
Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
Source: sites.psu.eduThousands of tiny glowworms hang to the ceiling of this grotto and radiate a luminescent light, creating a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Yuanyang County, China
Lake Hillier, Australia
Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey
Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Patagonia Marble Caves, Chile
Source: whenonearth.netFormed by thousands of years of waves crashing against calcium carbonate, these caves have smooth, swirling walls, which reflect the lake’s azure waters.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Fly Geyser, Nevada
Source: ppcdn.500px.orgFly Geyser was accidentally created when a well was drilled and left uncapped. Minerals and algae started to rise from the geyser and accumulated to form an alien-like mound.
Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius Island
Source: whenonearth.netStrong ocean currents continually drive sand from the shores of Mauritius into the abyss below, creating this one-of-a-kind underwater waterfall.
Mount Roraima, South America
Source: earthporm.comAogashima is a volcanic island located 200 miles off the coast of Tokyo. Even more amazing than the view is the geography – there’s a smaller volcano within the volcano island.
Fingal’s cave, Scotland
Underwater River, Cenote Angelita, Mexico
Naica Mine, Mexico
Hidden Beach, Mexico
Source: ppcdn.500px.orgThis magnificent hidden beach was created by a military explosion test in early 1900s. The surrounding islands were deemed a nature park, with the hidden beach only accessible by swimming through a fifty foot tunnel.
Lake Natron, Tanzania
Source: amazingstuff.co.uk/This lake has a uniquely high salt content. Salt-loving microorganisms thrive and produce red pigment, colorizing the water. For other animals, the salt is deadly and many calcify (effectively turning into stone) after taking a dip in the water.
The Eye of Africa, Mauritania
Source: abduzeedo.comFound in the middle of the Sahara Desert is a deeply eroded bowl, over 24 miles in diameter. The natural formation is so impressive that for a long time, scientists believed it was the site of an asteroid impact.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
Source: therichestimages.comPlitvice National Park is the largest of it’s kind in Croatia and the oldest in Southeast Europe. Over thousands of years, water flowing over limestone and chalk created natural dams and eventually, beautiful lakes, caves and waterfalls.
As I compiled these beautiful destinations, I felt an urge to sell everything I own and travel the world. I hope you did to – share this with the people you’d love to travel with!
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