Man-made destinations such as the Eiffel Tower and the Egyptian pyramids are certainly awe-inspiring places to visit on earth. However, no matter how creative man is, we still can’t beat nature.
From astonishing iced lakes to towering rock formations, these alien-looking landscapes on earth will make you marvel at Nature’s enigma.
#1 Emerald Ice On Lake Baikal, Northern Siberia
Lake Baikal in southern Siberia, the oldest known lake in the world, remains covered in ice for almost half of the year. Known as the “Pearl of Asia”, it sits in an almost desert area between the Irkutsk Oblast and the Republic of Buryatia. It runs 1,680m deep making it the deepest lake in the world.
#2 Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway is the most visited natural enclave in Northern Ireland. Made of about 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns, it stands at the edge of the east coast of County Antrim.
Legend says that this polygonal wonder arose from a fight between two giants, the Irish Finn McCool and the Scotsman Bennandoner. They repeatedly threw rocks at each which ended up forming a stone path in the waters. Then again, it’s just a legend.
Geological evidence supports the theory that this was formed when a large lava flow trapped in a slope in the terrain contracted due to cooling.
#3 Tianzi Mountains, China
These rock giants were the inspiration for James Cameron for his epic, award-winning movie, Avatar. The park in Hunan province in southeast China is home to 3,100 rock pillars of different heights, some reaching up to a whopping 800m.
#4 Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA
The infamous Flying Geyser in Nevada, USA stands over twelve feet tall and twelve feet wide. The boiling water it shoots in the air is a living testament to Nevada’s subterranean heat.
#5 Mount Roraima, Eastern Venezuela
The spectacular Mount Roraima is the highest point of the Tepuyes plateau chain surrounded by sheer cliffs creating the visionary of an island floating in the sky. It is one of the oldest geological areas on the planet and is also home to unique structures, plants, and animals found nowhere else.
#6 Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia
This soothing beauty is dangerous just as much as it is beautiful. The surrounding area is covered in salt, acids, toxic fumes, and oozing magma making it one of the most inhospitable areas in the world. The presence of varieties of strange microorganisms has made this place a hotspot for scientists.
#7 Pamukkale, Turkey
At first glance, this certainly looks like an icy landscape, but it is far from the truth. Dubbed “Cotton Castle” in Spanish, this icy-looking landscape is actually just thick layers of limestone and travertine that go down the slope. Still not convinced? It is located in a region having a temperate climate throughout the year!
#8 Red Beach, China
It’s not red sand that you’ll find in the Panjin Red Beach in China. During autumn, a wetland spread in an area of more than three thousand hectares appears red in color. It owes its unusual crimson to a native seepweed known as Marine Sargadila.
#9 Abraham Lake, Canada
This might seem like a lake from an animated movie due to the bizarre icy bubbles. But, that’s exactly what it is. Bubbles that reach the surface freeze before they make it beyond the surface.
#10 Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China
This landscape is indeed a brilliant masterpiece of nature. The different minerals deposited in the mountains have done an amazing job in painting them.
#11 Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA
Located in the Yellowstone National Park In Wyoming, USA, the Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest source of hot springs in the United States. It is also the third-largest in the world.
#12 Naica Mine, Mexico
Despite being unique for forming crystals inside, this immense mine is not forgiving to humans. The extremely high temperatures inside its many chambers make it impossible for the public to witness its beauty or even for geologists to study it.
#13 Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
A type of glowworms found exclusively in New Zealand light up the interior of this cave making it a world-renowned destination for both local and overseas tourists.
#14 Skaftafell Glacier, Iceland
Home to gigantic waterfalls, this landscape that seems to be out of this world is located in Ireland.
#15 Painted Dunes, USA
This astonishing landscape of dunes that seems to come straight from the imagination of dexterous is due to several layers of oxidized volcanic ash.
#16 Dragon Blood Trees, Socotra, Yemen
The dragon blood tree, born about 65 million years ago, is a unique tree native to the Socotra archipelago, a part of Yemen. It bears this name because of the red resin that is exuded if you make a cut in it.