The world we are living in is truly unique! So, have you ever heard about rock formation that you could only see from space, hardly noticing it while standing on top of it? Or have you ever learned about a river so colorful that it got the nickname Rainbow River? So let's take a look at these and many more stunning and surreal nature's creations in our top ten list.
10. Crooked Forest, Poland
The Crooked Forest is near Gryfino, West Pomerania in Poland, planted back in 1930. This is an odd forest consisting of 100 pine trees, and the strange part is that all of them are crooked to the north. Moreover, they have a sharp 90-degree bend at the base, and then they grow straight to the sky.
It's still undefined what causes this phenomenon: Heavy snowfall or how the trees were planted? There is no firm proof to back up any of the theories, so it remains a mystery to the present day.
9. Richat Structure, Mauritania
One of the world's mysteries is the Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara. It was discovered by accident back in 1965 when NASA launched the Gemini 4 mission. With its concentric rings, the Eye is visible from the space, as it's hard to spot it from the ground. This deeply eroded dome with a 25 miles diameter is in Mauritania.
Firstly, there was a belief that the meteorite caused it, but there was no evidence suggesting that. However, scientists believe it's a volcanic dome that eroded progressively, leaving circular marks due to different rock formations surrounding it.
8. Lake Retba, Senegal
The pink lake in Senegal is a remarkable, simply breathtaking sight! Although there are 29 registered pink lakes in the world, the Retba is unique because its salinity in some parts reaches over 40%. The stunning pink color comes from Dunaliella salina algae, which thrives on sun and salt.
Unlike some others, the lake is safe for swimming, so you can dip into its pink waters as locals do. While the lake is a tourist attraction, the natives use it to extract the salt. Lac Rose, as they call it, offers a unique contrast due to the dunes nearby.
7. Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal is stunning and impressive, as this is the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world. Moreover, it has endemic fauna and flora surrounded by incredible and government-protected areas. However, the lake is unique because it's frozen from late January to early May, leaving remarkable sights.
Water freezes layer by layer as it reaches 1.6–4.6 feet thickness. Due to methane gases created by algae, it forms stunning frozen bubbles in the ice. Moreover, due to the harsh climate and strong winds of the Siberian region, we can find stones or ice chunks on the ice pedestal. All around the lake, trees are covered with ice and snow, creating a fairytale winter scenery.
6. Red Beach, Panjin, China
Don't be misled by the name, as there are no sandy beaches at Panjin Red Beach. Instead, this is one of the largest reed marsh areas settled in the Liaohe River Delta. Wetlands are covered with a seasonal plant, Suaeda salsa, known for its beautiful red colors.
The plant starts to grow in spring, gaining its gorgeous red color till autumn. Red Beach presents a large ecosystem, and it's home to 260 bird kinds and around 400 wild animals, including endangered species. This area attracts many visitors during October when the Suaeda gets its most beautiful red shades. Moreover, the area develops eco-tourism to preserve this stunning landscape.
5. Marble Caves of Chile Chico, Chile
Located in Patagonia's heart, on Lake General Carrera, and made from pure marble, these caves are unique. Their formation began more than 6000 years ago, when the glacier slowly melted, filling the lake with water and slowly carving the marble rocks. Due to the erosion process, today the Marble Caves are full of tunnels between the stones.
The colors of the caves look mesmerizing while the azure waters reflect on its walls. Moreover, the hues change with the season and the water level. Even though it's tempting to swim in the Marble Caves, this wouldn't be smart due to the glacier lake ice-cold waters.
4. Naica Mine, Mexico
Naica Mine is a silver and lead mine known for its high temperatures. However, it became recognized worldwide in 2000 when the miners discovered what is now known as the Giant Crystal Cave. The chamber contains the world's largest, we might say gigantic, milky-white selenite crystals.
These crystals slowly formed during at least 500.000 years due to magma chambers below the cave. As magma heated the water, it oxidized the sulfides, and when the temperatures dropped, it slowly created the crystals. The Cave is hostile with 90 to 99% humidity and temperatures around 136 °F, so it's even tougher to explore than the Temple of Doom.
3. Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
New Zealand is a remarkable country full of amazing wonders of nature, unbelievable, and almost surreal. One of those incredible nature's wonders is glow worm caves. Glowworms inhabit caves and forests and light in the darkness. So imagine driving in the boat through the cave canals with the ceiling above you radiating incredibly in the dark!
One of the most famous is Waitomo Caves, just three hours drive from Auckland. You can zipline through the glowworm gallery, explore underground waterfalls, or take a ride on an underground river, which is truly unique.
2. Stone Forest, Madagascar
Madagascar is a unique country for many things, as one of them is Tsingy de Bemaraha – or stone forest. This mystical forest with the razor-sharp edges was a creation of natural forces. Its story begins around 200 million years ago when this was a lagoon forming a limestone bed. After the water withdrew, limestone was exposed to erosion by heavy monsoon rain and strong winds, removing the softer rocks.
So today, we have the unique Stone Forest, gorgeous sharp rock formations a bit hard to explore, as you'll need the right equipment. Moreover, this is a home to many animals, as some of them are endemic species.
1. Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Colombia is not Pablo Escobar, but a country with many beautiful natural landscapes, as some of them are so stunning that they look unbelievable. One of those remarkable wonders of nature is the Caño Cristales River, also known as "Liquid Rainbow" or "River of Five Colors."
From July till November, the river gets the fantastic colors of red, blue, yellow, green, and black. The stunning red pigment comes from the endemic Macarenia Clavigera plant. Moreover, the river bed is full of waterfalls, rapids, and circular pits, combined with the clear, colorful waters that make a unique natural beauty. Hence, it's not strange that it's often referred to as the most beautiful river in the world.
Seeing all this on our top ten, we can conclude that the most beautiful landscapes on Earth are a creation of the most incredible artist – nature itself. There are so many fantastic and surreal places in the world that you need to explore!
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