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, Boliviaearthporm.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, Chinamichaelyamashita.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.michaelyamashita.com
Sentinels of the Arctic, Finlandniccolobonfadini.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.apod.nasa.gov
Reed Flute Caves, Chinarootfun.net
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Icelandall-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 its unique color.amusingplanet.com
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
Bigar Waterfall, Romania500px.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, Maldivesindependent.co.uk
Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyomingmostbeautifulplacesintheworld.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.wikipedia.org
Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russiareddit.comLake Baikal is the 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.mymodernmet.com
Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, Chinalaboiteverte.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.telegraph.co.uk
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine500px.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.inhabitat.com
Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealandsites.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.waitomo.com
Yuanyang County, Chinawikimedia.org
Lake Hillier, Australiawallpaperdownloader.com
Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkeywondrouspics.com
Caño Cristales River, Colombiawikimedia.org
Patagonia Marble Caves, Chilewhenonearth.netFormed by thousands of years of waves crashing against calcium carbonate, these caves have smooth, swirling walls, which reflect the lake’s azure waters.atlasobscura.com
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Irelandearthporm.com
Fly Geyser, Nevadappcdn.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.allaroundnevada.com
Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius Islandwhenonearth.netStrong ocean currents continually drive sand from the shores of Mauritius into the abyss below, creating this one-of-a-kind underwater waterfall.gearthblog.com
Mount Roraima, South Americawhenonearth.net
Aogashima, Japanearthporm.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.earthporm.com
Fingal’s cave, Scotlandpotd.pdnonline.com
Underwater River, Cenote Angelita, Mexicoanatoly.pro
Naica Mine, Mexicoboredpanda.com
Hidden Beach, Mexicoppcdn.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.huffingtonpost.com
Lake Natron, Tanzaniaamazingstuff.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.abduzeedo.com
The Eye of Africa, Mauritaniaabduzeedo.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.abduzeedo.com
Plitvice Lakes, Croatiatherichestimages.comPlitvice National Park is the largest of its 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.whc.unesco.org
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