Most unusual landscapes across the globe

Gates to Hell, Turkmenistan

It may seem to you that our world has got nothing more to surprise us and every inch of it has been explored but that’s not true. Our earth still has plenty of natural landscapes to thrill and shock us. There are a lot of places where the landscape is not just unusual but almost outer-worldly. People dream of going to Mars for an adventure trip but a look at some of our earth’s landscapes may change your mind. Exploring the unknown is a very primary instinct that humans have got. It is our thirst for the knowledge of unknown things that has helped our progress. If you are bored of the usual humdrum sea or mountain holidays then you must visit some of the unconventional landscapes of this world. There are even landscapes which evoke fear and look extremely creepy. Such earthy territories are perfect for adventure holidays with friends. Pack your bags and check out the following list of places, with weird landscape, that you must visit.

Chocolate Hills, Philippines:

The name of this unique Philippines landscape is definitely delicious. Travel to the Central Visayas region near Bohol and you will see around 1,770 chocolate colored mounds. From a distance it is hard to tell what those mounds are made of and they look extremely chocolaty. Each of the mounds has a perfect conical shape and they all look exactly the same.  Even geologists have not yet been able to understand why there are so many conical hills at that particular region or how they got formed. Nature is a very whimsical creator and has many tricks up its sleeves that we fail to understand.

Blood Falls, Antarctica:

Whenever we think of Antarctica the first image that comes to our mind is that of huge white snow covered terrains. If you visit the blood Falls in Antarctica then you will find that rust red is the predominant color there. From the Taylor Glacier the water falls on the West Lake Bonney. The reason behind the red color of the water that resembles blood is the presence of iron. Iron gets oxidized as the water flows out in the open. 17 different microorganism species have been found in these landscapes that survive by processing ferric iron for respiration. Geomicrobiologists find their biological system astonishing.

Gates to Hell, Turkmenistan:

Gates to Hell, Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan is famous for being one of the biggest natural gas reserves of the world. Recently in 2011 World’s second largest gas reserve was found in South Yoloten. It is spread over a vast area of 1,500 square miles. The Darvaza Grate Center is called the Gates to Hell now days because it is always burning. This is a very strange phenomenon that can be observed only in Darvaza. The fire has been burning for over 30 years. A bunch of geologists who were working there in 1971 set a fire to destroy the poisonous gas deposit that could have spread to the nearby localities and harmed the inhabitants. It is difficult to tell how long the fire will continue to burn.

Giant’s Causeway, Ireland:

If you travel to Northern Ireland you must not miss visiting the Giant’s Causeway, located at the North Channel. It is stretched out over the sea just beside the Antrim Plateau. The Giant’s Causeway is the only UNESCO world heritage site present in Ireland. The surprising thing about the causeway is that it is made entirely with same sized hexagonal basalt columns. Basalt is a type of lava rock. It was formed due to volcanic eruption and difference in the cooling rate of lava.

Lake Hillier, Australia:

The Lake Hillier is the only lake that has a pretty bubblegum color of water in it. It is just beside the Southern Ocean, which is typically blue. You have to travel to the Recherche Archipelago if you want to witness the unique lake. Beautiful and dense forest full of eucalyptus trees surrounds the lake. Some believe that the presence of the halaophillic bacteria is the root cause behind the pinkish hue of the lake.

Stone Forests, China:

Probably a helicopter ride above the Stone Forest in China would be the best way to take in its surreal beauty. UNESCO has made the Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village protected world heritage sites due to their extraordinary and remarkable landscape. It has been categorized as karst landscape that is generally formed under the humid tropical and subtropical weather conditions. There is a great variety of colors and pinnacle shapes present here.

Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia:   

Full of salt mineral ponds and springs of hot mineral rich water the Dallol Volcano in Ethiopia is the hottest place on the face of earth where humans reside. You can observe the changing medley of yellow, red, green colors here. The different chemicals like potassium, sulfur and chlorides are responsible for the variety in hues.

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