While we have yet to discover any convincing or irrefutable proof of alien life, our fascination with the undiscovered and unexplored tends to grow. While we may or may not ever see proof in our lifetime, these are some of the world’s most strange-looking landscapes.
#1 Lake Baikal, in the Russian Siberian region of southern Russia, has emerald ice (The oldest known lake on Earth).
This magnificent lake, which the inhabitants refer to as “the pearl of Asia,” is found between Irkutsk Oblast and the Republic of Buryatia, in the south of Siberia. It is thought to be 25 million years old and 1,680 meters deep, making it the world’s deepest lake.
#2 Northern Ireland’s Giants Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway is a geological wonder and the indisputable highlight of a tour along County Antrim’s east coast, Northern Ireland’s frequently visited natural enclave.
This marvel is composed of about 40,000 basalt columns, the majority of which are hexagonal, that fall to the sea in stages. According to mythology, it developed from a battle between two giants, Irish Finn McCool and Scotsman Bennandoner, who flung so many pebbles at each other that they formed a stone road on the lake.
The Giant’s Causeway was formed 55 to 60 million years ago following a volcanic explosion. A huge lava flow must have become stuck in a terrain slope. The air-exposed upper section cooled quicker than the bottom half. Polygonal columns were created as the clay soil contracted, similar to how clay soil fractures when it loses water.
#3 China’s Tianzi Mountains.
They are seen in Hunan Province, China’s southeast. The park includes about 3,100 stone pillars of various heights, with some exceeding 800 meters. This park piqued James Cameron’s interest, and he was inspired to create the Avatar universe as a result.
#4 Nevada’s Fly Geyser, USA (The flying geyser).
In 1916, a gang of men drilled into the soil in quest of water for their crops and plantations. They discovered water, but it was heated and at a temperature of 200oC. The tube that this gang of guys had opened functioned as an exit pathway to the river after a few years. The stone has been stained red by carbonate deposits, creating a stunning scene.
#5 Mount Roraima in eastern Venezuela.
This magnificent mountain, which rises higher than a thousand meters beyond the park’s woodland and is regarded one of the world’s oldest geological locations, is the tallest point of the Tepuyes plateau series, which is mostly found in Venezuela.
#6 Dallol volcano located in Ethiopia.
It is both a hazardous and lovely location on the planet. Salt, acid, poisonous gases, and gushing magma blanket the region surrounding Ethiopia’s Dallol volcano. A group of scientists is investigating the origins of life there.
This mountain in Africa is a mine from a geological standpoint. It is also one of the world’s most hostile environments: a ‘alien’ landscape with temperatures exceeding 50 degrees, perforated by the Dallol volcano’s wounds and patterned in bright yellow and green, with seeping magma and boiling water pools.
Add in an unpleasant odor caused by sulfur vapors, as well as the prevalence of salt, acids, minerals, and odd microbes, and it’s easy to see why scientists are drawn to the region.
#7 Pamukkale is located in the province of Denizli in southern Turkey.
Cotton Castle is the Spanish version, and it is situated in the southwest of Turkey. Dense layers of limestone and travertine are formed naturally and run down the hill, giving the impression of an ice landscape, although this has nothing to do with reality: the location where they are situated has a moderate temperature all year.
#8 Panjin’s Red Beach, China.
It gets its red hue from a native plant called Marine Sargadilla, which covers more than 3,000 hectares. As a result, it is not red throughout the year; the ideal time to come is in the fall, when the color is at its peak.
#9 Abraham Lake in Alberta, Canada.
This peculiar natural phenomena distinguishes this lake as one of the most unique in the world. What we observe are bubbles that have frozen before rising to the top.
#10 Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China.
This park covers 300 square kilometers in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China. Just like if they were artists, the various minerals were colouring these mountains.
#11 Grand Prismatic Spring in Wyoming, United States.
It is the greatest source of hot springs in the United States and the third largest in the world, and it is found in Yellowstone National Park.
#12 Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico.
The creation of crystals inside this massive mine is well-known across the world. However, none of the chambers are available to the community since the temperatures within are so extreme that even geological research is impossible.
#13 Glowworms Cave on the North Island of New Zealand.
Waitomo is home to several caves. Its most notable feature is the presence of glow worm-like fireflies that adorn the caverns’ interiors, leaving photos as lovely as this one.
#14 Skaftafell Glacier in Reykjavik, Iceland.
This surreal scene may be seen in Iceland, protected by Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull. There are also massive waterfalls in the park.
#15 Painted Dunes, Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, USA.
These dunes, which are found in the Lassen Volcanic National Park, are built up of strata of oxidized volcanic ash.
#16 Dragon Blood trees, Socotra, Yemen.
These trees were created 65 million years ago, and their name comes from the fact that when they are chopped, the resin has a deep crimson hue that resembles blood.
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