Amazing Beauty of Nature   Leave a comment

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland The basalt columns of Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway are so perfectly geometric, they seem to have been carved and then put in place like a puzzle. The area includes about 40,000 of these interlocking hexagonal columns, which were created as a result of an ancient volcanic eruption. During the eruption, fluid molten basalt formed a lava plateau and cooled rapidly, contracting and fracturing in a similar way to drying mud.

Cave of the Crystals, Mexico

This image is not photoshopped, though it seems like it must be. Cave of the Crystals in Mexico is filled with some of the largest crystals ever found. The largest one found to date was an astonishing 39 feet in length, 13 feet in diameter and 55 tons in weight. With the crystals resembling icicles, the cave looks like it would be cold, but actually reaches temperatures up to 136 degrees Fahrenheit. The cave lies on an ancient fault just above an underground magma chamber.

 

Danxia Landforms in Zhangye, Province of Gansu

China’s Danxia landscape is absolutely out of this world, between strange and amazing rock formations and sky-high cliffs, many of which seem to be painted in stripes of red and orange. The landforms are made of red-colored sandstones and can include shallow and isolated caves.

 

Cano Cristales, The Five Colors River

This river in Colombia looks like a rainbow, running with shades of pink, red, yellow, green and blue when the water level is just right. Often called the world’s most beautiful river, Caño Cristales gets its unusual coloring from a variety of algae that flourish within it.

 

Antelope Canyon, Arizona

The striped, sloping, curving walls of Antelope Canyon in Arizona seem to have come from an artist’s brush. Located on Navajo land, the canyon was formed by erosion of sandstone, primarily from flash flooding. Over time, passageways were created with fluid lines that echo the flow of the water. During the monsoon season, the canyon can still quickly fill with water, and after 11 tourists were killed in 1997, the site is now only accessible through guided tours.

 

Rotorua, New Zealand

This little city in New Zealand smells like sulfur thanks to its many geothermal areas, including pools of boiling mud, geysers and strangely-colored lakes that get their unusual hues from various minerals.

 

Mount Roraima, Venezeula, Brazil and Guyana

Bordering three countries, Mount Roraima rises from the landscape in strangely geometric form, looking as if it were carved from the rock. This natural plateau has vast 400-meter-tall cliffs on all sides, making it extremely difficult to climb. Most of the species that grow there are endemic, meaning they aren’t found anywhere else.

 

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

When covered in water, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni looks like the world’s largest mirror – and when it’s dry, it’s covered in strange crystalline geometric shapes. This is the world’s largest salt flat, located 11,995 feet above sea level. It’s a pool of brine covered by a few meters of salt crust, and contains 50% to 70% of the world’s lithium resources.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted August 5, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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