Unique Places in the World

 

 

Pamukkale – Turkey

Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water.

 

 

Moeraki Boulders – New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders are a group of very large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach.

They originally formed in ancient sea floor sediments around 60 million years ago.Some of the boulders weigh several tonnes and are up to 3 metres in diametre!

Maori Legend tells that the boulders are remains of calabashes, kumaras and eel baskets that washed ashore after the legendary canoe, the Araiteuru was wrecked at nearby Shag Point (Matakaea).

 

 

 

The Nine Hells of Beppu – Japan

Featuring about 2,800 springs that gush out ridiculous amounts of hot water every day, Beppu has been named the hot-springs capital of Japan. Because of their extreme temperatures and some very unique characteristics, nine of these springs are known as the hells of Beppu.

Described as an apocalyptic place, by writers in the Edo Period, where gruesome scenes of torture through boiling took place, the area around Beppu has become a popular attraction for tourists, ever since the city was founded, in 1924. With steam coming out through every available crack, Beppu seems like a city that cooking over an open flame.

This city of steam, located on the east coast of Kyushu Island, has 9 geothermal hot-spots, known as jigoku (hell). They are, by far, Beppu’s main attractions, drawing-in over 12 million tourists from Japan and beyond, every year. Named because of their resemblance to the Buddhist vision of hell.

 

 

The Great Blue Hole – Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll  70 km (43 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. It was formed during several episodes of quaternary glaciation when sea levels were much lower. Analysis of stalactites found in Great Blue Hole shows that formation took place 153,000, 66,000, 60,000, and 15,000 years ago, as the ocean began to rise again, the caves were flooded. The Great Blue Hole is a part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage Site of  UNESCO.

 

 

The Door to Hell – Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971, fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance.

 

 

Sanqingshan – China

Mount Sanqing is a renowned Taoist sacred mountain located 25 miles north of Yushan County in Jiangxi Province, China with outstanding scenery. Sanqing means the “Three Pure Ones” in Chinese as Mount Sanqing is made up of three main summits: Yujing, Yushui, and Yuhua, representing the Taoist trinity.

 

 

Eyes of Africa – Africa

Some people call it Richat structure, which is dubbed as the Sahara and Guelb er eyes Richat, Eye of Africa is having a circular shape that stands out is located in the Sahara desert in the middle of Mauritania is not much Ouadane.

 

 

Racetrack Playa – California

The Racetrack Playa, or The Racetrack is a scenic dry lake feature with “sailing stones” that inscribe linear “racetrack” imprints.

The playa is in the small Racetrack Valley endorheic basin between the Cottonwood Mountains on the east and Nelson Range to the west. During periods of heavy rain, water washes down from the mountains into the playa, forming a shallow, short-lived endorheic lake. Under the hot desert sun, the thin veneer of water quickly evaporates leaving behind a surface layer of soft slick mud. As the mud dries, it shrinks and cracks into a mosaic pattern of interlocking polygons.

 

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