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Alien landscapes on Earth: where to go to feel the eerie atmosphere of the Universe

Albina PanchenkoNews
Amazing tourist attractions

The beauty of nature is amazing, isn't it? The world is full of different secrets and we probably won't have enough time to explore all of them. Let's start a journey around the planet, where we'll see some of the most impressive and interesting wonders. Are you ready?

Waitomo Cave, New Zealand

Scientists believe that it is more than 2 million years old. Previously, there was an ocean at the site of this miracle, which laid down limestone outcrops of various shapes. When the water receded, about 150 small grottoes were formed.

Fireflies live here and emit a green-blue glow. Their species can be seen only in this country. The darkness of the dungeon sparkles with sapphire hues, reminiscent of the starry sky in winter. Researchers say that the intensity of the insects' glow depends on their hunger: the stronger it is, the brighter they shine.

Alien landscapes on Earth: where to go to feel the eerie atmosphere of the Universe

Pamukkale, Turkey

It seems as if this natural object was sculpted by the Snow Queen herself. However, these are not glaciers, as it seems at first glance, but picturesque limestone reservoirs created from salt deposits from hot springs.

It is forbidden to swim in them, but this does not stop tourists. Therefore, in order to preserve the landscapes, special leisure pools are built at the foot of the terrace. The very name of the location, translated from Turkish, means "Cotton Castle".

Giant's Causeway, Ireland

An unusual phenomenon arose due to the rapid cooling of lava. It formed basalt pillars that looked like hexagons. After a while, they turned into columns. Now there are about 40 thousand of them.

Alien landscapes on Earth: where to go to feel the eerie atmosphere of the Universe

Big Blue Hole, Belize

The mysterious and magical underwater cave is the most popular diving destination. To dive, you need to have special training because the dive takes place at a depth of 40 meters. Here you have the opportunity to meet fascinating inhabitants of the sea depths: from a giant grouper to various types of reef sharks, including the Caribbean shark. For those who want to see this natural wonder from above, you can book a parachute jump.

Alien landscapes on Earth: where to go to feel the eerie atmosphere of the Universe

Vermilion Bluffs, Arizona

The local landscape is formed of sandstone. It is colored in red tones, but depending on the time of day, the colors change. However, not everyone can observe this phenomenon. Only a certain number of people are allowed here because of the fragility of the colorful rock. Tickets are distributed randomly.

Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

Found by two brothers Juan and Pedro. The largest mineral is 11 meters long and 4 meters wide, and its age is more than 500 thousand years. When you arrive here, you will be amazed at the scale. It is worth noting that the temperature in the dungeon is about 60°C.

Alien landscapes on Earth: where to go to feel the eerie atmosphere of the Universe

Wulingyuan Rocks, China

The prototype of the famous flying mountains from the science fiction movie Avatar. Some columns reach a height of 3000 meters above sea level. In addition to them, you can see waterfalls, rivers and caves. In 1992, they were included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Catalog.

Grand Prismatic Spring, United States of America

Located in Yellowstone National Park. The reserve has a large number of thermal springs and geysers. However, it is this amazing body of water that attracts the attention of visitors the most, and all because of its contrasting shades: red, orange, yellow, green and blue. The temperature always stays above 70°C.

Socotra

One of the most beautiful islands on the planet. It is known for its trees that emit a crimson resinous sap. In medicine, it is used as a dye. They are also called dragon trees. About 85% of local plant species and 90% of animals are found nowhere else in the world.

Alien landscapes on Earth: where to go to feel the eerie atmosphere of the Universe

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