The world is such a marvellous place—there are plenty of breathtaking places in almost every corner of our planet. However, if you think you have seen almost every mountain, valley, or sea in the world and are feeling slightly bored, here are some unusual landscapes that you should definitely add to your travel bucket list.
Top 10 Unusual Landscapes - Gates to Hell, Turkmenistan It is estimated that Turkmenistan owns the world’s fifth largest reserves of natural gas. In May 2011, this was discovered in Turkmenistan – the second largest gas deposit, the South Yoloten gas field. It covers 1,500 square miles and is preceded by Iran’s South Pars gas field, the world’s largest. Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-unusual-landscapes.php#ixzz2OmZF3yH6
Top 10 Unusual Landscapes - Antelope Canyon, USA I envy all of you who had the chance to visit this corner of paradise. Blessed with unusual but splendid rock formations, Arizona seems to be the home of natural wonders. The Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest and the Wave are some of the world’s most visited and photographed places. Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-unusual-landscapes.php#ixzz2OmYoeL00
As a result of the mining, Río Tinto is notable for being very acidic (pH 2) and its deep reddish hue is due to iron dissolved in the water. Acid mine drainage from the mines leads to severe environmental problems due to the heavy metal concentrations in the river
Uluru, Northern Territory No collection of unusual landscapes in Australia would be complete without the best known of them all, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the huge sandstone rock formation plonked in the middle of the desert (nearest town Alice Springs, which is 280 miles away). Uluru is actually taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is part of an area sacred to the local Aboriginal people, and visitors are strongly discouraged from climbing. It is also a world heritage site.
From bacteria that can survive inside rocks to microbes that thrive in fiery heat, life can take some extreme forms. Here are some extremophiles living in unlikely places, from hydrothermal vents and in rock crevices to in oxygen-free waters.
Chocolate Hills, Philippines - More than 1,770 perfectly cone-shaped hills can be found in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines, more exactly in Bohol. The unusual geological formation has baffled geologists for decades. There are different theories on how the hills formed. Over an area of 50 square kilometers, the amazing hills are Philippines’s 3rd National Geological Monument together with Hundred Islands National Park and Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest active volcano.