Nature has endowed our world with plenty of miracles that you won’t believe actually exist. To your surprise, here are some of the most captivating and peculiar places around the world that will astonish you with their absolute beauty.
1. Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China
This landform is located near the city of Zhangye, China. It is known for the distinctive colours of the enormous rocks that are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals present from over 24 million years.
2. Meteora, Greece
Metéora, meaning “middle of the sky” or “suspended in the air”, is one of the largest complexes of Greek Orthodox monasteries in Greece. This beautiful compendium of the six monasteries was formed naturally by the sandstone rock pillars.
3. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar, recognised as the world’s largest mirror, is a widespread flat salt surface located in Bolivia. It is believed that this was as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes.
4. Cave in Algarve, Portugal
It is a dome-shaped sea cave formed by cliffs and natural apertures through which sunlight enters on fine golden sand dunes.
5. Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.
6. Naica Mine, Mexico
It is known as the Cave of Crystals because the chamber contains some of the largest natural crystals ever found. It is situated 1,000 feet below the surface of a host limestone rock of the mine.
7. Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil
The Lençóis Maranhenses became a national park in 1981. The area is low, flat, non-vegetative with occasional flooding and overlaid with discrete large sand dunes.
8. Mount Roraima, Venezuela-Brazil-Guyana
This highest plateau in South America is naturally enclosed by cliffs (rising about 400 metres) through all sides. It also serves as a triple border for Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.
9. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia lies in central Anatolia, in the heart of Turkey. It consists of a high plateau endowed with volcanic peaks. It is the most picturesque tourism spot of Turkey, also famous for its hot air balloon ride.
10. Mendenhall Ice Caves, Juneau, Alaska
In the Mendenhall Ice Caves, the water runs over rocks under blue ceilings inside a partially hollow glacier. It truly is magical!
11. Antelope Canyon, USA
The Antelope Canyon is the most visited canyon in the American Southwest. The smooth orange-red walls were formed by flash flooding and other catastrophic processes that eroded the sandstone in such a fashion.
12. Skaftafell, Iceland
The Skaftafell caves of Iceland were formed by the highly pressurised glacier ice containing few air bubbles. The ice absorbed all the colours except for blue. The blue refracted when the rain removed the surface layer.
13. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay comprises over 1,600 astounding islands and limestone pillars formed due to limestone erosion. Geologically, it is home to several caves and peaks.
14. Fingal’s Cave, Scotland
The solidified lava took the form of hexagonally jointed columns with high-arched roofs that magnify the sound of the ocean. Many local companies offer tourism to Fingal as boats are prohibited in the area.
15. Red Beach, Panjin, China
The Red Beach is surely the most peculiar one! It is unique as the vast locale is dominated with red seaweed instead of sand.
16. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
The gigantic causeway huddles next to the Atlantic Ocean. It is an incredible natural wonder that has more than 40,000 columns that are set in a honeycomb structure. Scientists believe the causeway was formed 60 million years ago with the cooled magma of the volcanoes.
17. Ansoo lake, Pakistan
Ansoo Lake is situated in the Kaghan Valley of Pakistan near Malika Parbat in the Himalayan range. It is named “Ansoo”, meaning teardrop, because it looks like a teardrop and also resembles a human eye which is prominently seen when the ice melts during summer.
18. Lake Hillier, Australia
Lake Hillier is located in the south coast of Western Australia. It is particularly notable for its pink color that is a result of a microbe reaction. The lake is surrounded by a rim of dense woodland.