10 Little Known Places You Would Definitely Wantto Visit
You must have heard of the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, andVenezuelas Angel Falls; youve probably even heard of more obscurenatural wonders such as the needle-like rock forests at Tsingy deBemaraha. But no matter how much of the Earth we cover, theres alwayssomething breathtaking just around the bend.
Today we have come up with a list of some of the most ambiguousoddities in the world, totally unheard of, that are sure to take your breathaway. Sit tight, folks, as you are about to step into a world that you takewill leave you with awe as you make the progress.
Iceland is home to some of the most exquisite natural marvels fromaround the world, and the Kirkjufell Mountain fits perfectly into thiscategory. Best known for stunning pictures brought back by tourists,Kirkjufell is a photogenic mountain with three picturesque waterfallsrunning into a crystal clear stream at the mountains foot. Shapes into aperfect portrait of idyllic Iceland; the Krikjufell Mountain also plays its partas one of the best places to view the heavenly Northern Lights.
Not known to many, the Cano Cristales, tucked neatly away in themountains of Colombia, is a gem of a river popular among the locals asthe River of Five Colors. Only accessible by airplanes, you would want tovisit this natural oddity during summers when the heat brings out themost vibrant shades of red.
The colors of the river water come from a combination of algae, thenatural hue of river rocks and of course, the blue of the water itself.Interested in seeing some of the oldest rocks in the world, as well? TheGuiana Shield within the Cano Cristales (about 1.2 billion years old) willfulfill this desire of yours.
The Antarctic Taylor Glacier vomits a continuous stream of iron-rich hypersaline water onto the surrounding snow. The glacier was discovered in1911 by an explorer named Thomas Griffith Taylor, who surmised that thereddish tint was caused by an unknown form of bacteria. It wasnt untilmuch later that we found the real reason for the spring of blood-coloredwateran ancient underground pool of saltwater about 400 meters (1,300ft) below the surface of the ice.
The iron-rich water squeezes its way up through a fissure to the surfaceand comes in contact with oxygen for the first time, the iron hydroxidereacts instantly, giving us a waterfall of rustthe Blood Falls.
Beppu Hot Springs
Beppu, Japan is one of the worlds hot spring hot spots; there are morethan 2,500 springs in the areathe second largest such cluster in theworld. The springs are colloquially known as the Eight Hells, since thereare eight main areas, each producing a unique type of spring. Blood PondHell, pictured above, is saturated with iron, giving both the water and thesteam a dark reddish tint. Some of the other Hells include DemonMountain Hell, which houses about 80 crocodiles; White Pond Hell, which
contains boric acid that gives the water a milky consistency; and OniishiShaven Head Hell, which is a mass of bubbling mud thatsupposedlyresembles the shaven heads of monks rising to the surface.
The Okanagan Valley lies at the extreme southern border of BritishColumbia. For thousands of years, aboriginal tribes have lived and battledin the valley, and their legends remain to this day. One of their mostprominent legends told of a battle that occurred in the hills aroundSpotted Lakethen known as Khiluk to the First Nations of the region.
There are high concentrations of 11 different minerals, including calciumand magnesium sulfate, and some trace amounts of titanium and silver. Inthe summer, when the lake partially evaporates, the minerals precipitateinto rounded holes. Each hole takes on a different color, depending onwhich minerals are more concentrated in that particular spot.
Panjin Red Beach
This gorgeous crimson landscape is located in China, near the city ofPanjin. Its situated in the middle of an immense, sprawling wetland areain the Liaohe River Delta, but its the only part of the wetland that takeson this vibrant coloration. Rather than sand, the beach is covered with ahighly alkaline soil, which is too basic for most plants to live on. Thatleaves little competition for the Suaeda salsa, a species of seaweed thathas completely taken over the 1.4 million acres that make up Red Beach.In the summer, the seaweed is a dark green colorpretty but not exactlybreathtaking. But in autumn, the mature plants take on a fiery red colorthat turns the beach into a one-of-a-kind spectacle. Most of the beach isclosed to visitors in an effort to protect the delicate ecosystem, but theresa small section thats open to tourists.
Pamukkales Travertine Pools
One of the most unique sights in the world is, without a doubt, the cliffsidetravertine pools in Pamukkale, Turkey. Travertine is a type of limestonethats found in a lot of the worlds hot springs. When the spring reachesthe surface, the travertine solidifies into stepped structures that hold thespring water. The pools are initially formed from soft calcium carbonate
that later solidifies into travertine. Because of the high calcium content,the end result is a hillside thats white as snow.
The Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park is located in southwestChina and contains more than a few unusual features. Probably the moststartling are the multicolored mountains known as Danxia landforms. Thesurreal coloration comes from red sandstone and natural mineral depositsthat have formed over the course of 24 million years.
Each stripe constitutes a different mineral, and over the ages, theyveformed layer upon layer, resulting in a rainbow pattern. Erosion from wind
and rain has further polished the surfaces of the mountains. China is theonly place in the world with this type of mineral formation, and a few ofthe landforms have become UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
There are a handful of names that have been given to this lake, some bylocals and some by visitors, but they all essentially mean the same thing:The Pink Lake. Lake Retba is located in Senegal, and its only separatedfrom the Atlantic Ocean by a thin strip of sand dunes. Because of thatslight geographic separation, a species of algae called Dunaliella Salinahas been able to proliferate in the lakes warm waters. Found only in a fewplaces in the world, Dunaliella algae are salt loverswhich is good,because Lake Retba is as salty as the Dead Sea. The saltier the lake gets(particularly in the dry season), the deeper the red gets. Duringparticularly dry seasons, the lake will take on a hue that can only bedescribed as bloody.
An oasis in the middle of the desert makes a pretty picture, but theyrefew and far between in most of the worlds arid regions. LencoisMaranhenses National Park, on the other hand, is absolutely pepperedwith them. Located in northeastern Brazil, this sand-covered, 155,000-acre park isnt actually a desert, even though it looks like one.
When the rainwater collects between the dunes, it forms thousands uponthousands of separate lagoons that stretch as far as the eye can see. Eachlagoon functions as a completely unique ecosystem. Despite the lack ofinlets or outlets, many of the standalone lagoons are filled with fish thatwere carried to the pools as eggs by seabirds.
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