12 Most Unbelievable Places on Earth

We are all lucky to live on a Beautiful planet. Whether created by nature or created by human hands, there are areas of our world that are truly magnificent to see. Here is a list of the 12 Most Unbelievable places on earth.

 

12. Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius

 12 most unbelievable places on earth
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Mauritius is known for its idyllic beaches and crystal-clear sea but, there’s an unbelievable phenomenon at the southwest corner of the island that appears to be an underwater waterfall.

Despite how it looks, this isn’t a flowing region of water instead of an optical illusion that happens because of the seafloor structure.

The Island sits on an ocean shelf, which is no more than 500 feet deep at the edge of the shelf soon falls to depths of almost two and a half miles. 

Whatever seeing in the underwater waterfall is not water falling into the abyss but particles of sand that are being pushed over by the current.

 

11.Tianzi Mountains, China

Tianzi Mountains, China
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China Tianzi Mountains and the Hunan Province are some of the most unusual mountain formations in the world. Covering an area of around 17,000 acres, they’re made from quartz sandstone and first began to emerge from the earth about 400 million years ago.

When mountains hide in the fog, there’s something mystical about them. It’s no surprise they were the inspiration for mountain escapes in movies like Avatar and are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

 

10. Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

glowworm Caves, New Zealand
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New Zealand is one of the most scenic countries in the world, but beyond the peaks of the mountain ranges, deep valleys, and glaciers are a series of caves that seem to have come straight from a fairy tale.

The reason for this is because they’re home to glowworms, which are the larval forms of a species of fungus gnat that are endemic to the country know locally as Titiwai, which means projected over water.

The bioluminescence produced in the insect’s abdomens designed to attract prey happens as a result of a chemical reaction between a Lucifer rays enzyme and a molecule of Luciferian.

It creates one of the most stunning sights that you can see in the natural world and makes for a magical boat ride through the cavern when thousands of glowworms are active.

 

9. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA

GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, USA
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The stunningly colorful Grand Prismatic Spring is in Yellowstone National Park and is the largest hot spring in the US. It’s bigger than a football field, about 370 feet wide with a depth of at least 160 feet could fit a ten-story building inside it.

The spring is fed through a crack in its floor through which as much as 560 gallons of water is released into it every minute its normal temperature is 160 degrees Fahrenheit and because of this, it’s surrounded by such vibrant rings.

The color created by the presence of microbes that live in a warm environment depending on the time of year you will see reds, oranges, yellows, greens, and blues.

 

8. Mount Roraima, Venezuela

 Mount Roraima, Venezuela
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We’re so used to seeing natural formations that have irregular shapes that it seems almost impossible for something to have a rigid design to it. 

Mount Roraima in Venezuela isn’t your ordinary Mountain it’s 12 square miles summit is surrounded by 1,300-foot tall cliffs almost in Square shape. 

It’s actually on a try point border between Venezuela, Dianna, Brazil, and has long been part of local beliefs. The Peyman and Capone people believe it to be the stump of a giant Tree that once more all the fruits and vegetables in the world.

The unscalable mountains have been inspired in several stories including, The lost world by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Paradise Falls from the movie Up.

 

7. Lake Retba, Africa

lake Retba, Africa
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On the northwest coast of Africa, about 18 miles northeast of the Senegalese capital Dakar is a lake like anything you’ll find elsewhere in the world. 

Lake Retba has much high salt content that provides ideal conditions for Dunaliella salina to thrive, which are bright red colored and make the water appear to be Pink.

This unusual color is far more noticeable during the region’s dry season between November and June, and the effect is accentuated by the magenta bushes that grow around its coasts.

The lake is an important economic center too, with thousands of people who rely on retrieving and selling the salt deposits as well as fishing the waters.

Catches here don’t quite match up to what’s possible in other Lakes because to survive in such salty water fish, only grow to around one quarter the size they would do elsewhere.

 

6. Red Beach Panjin, China

Red Beach Panjin, China
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China is a country that’s full of incredible Geographic sights but, there’s perhaps none as surprising as the Red Beach Panjin. So many plants growing on the shores Red Beach is the largest wetland area in the world, and together with the largest Reed Marsh in Asia, which is also there, the whole region is a protected area of natural interest. It’s home to more than 260 different species of birds and more than 400 species of other types of animals including, the rare Red-crowned crane and Black Mouth gulls.

 

5. Richat Structure, Mauritania

Richat Structure, Mauritania
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Richat Structure is also known as the Eye of Africa. The Richat Structure is a strange formation in the desert rock near the small town of Ouadane in Mauritania. The inverse dome is 25 miles in diameter and has exposed various layers of rock that appear like concentric rings.

It’s one of the easiest natural structures to see from space, but amazingly it’s hard to see from ground level. If you were there, you’d probably be unable to notice anything different about it from the surrounding land. Quite how it has been the subject of scientific debate ever since it was first discovered in the 1930s.

 

4Fly Geyser, Nevada

Fly Geyser, Nevada
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Fly geyser looks like it would be at home on an alien planet, but amazingly it’s only about 20 miles north of the town of Gerlach in Nevada. Although, you might think this to be a natural formation and is the result of human activity when a well was drilled in 1916 to irrigate water.

Due to the geothermal activity in the region, the water was close to the boiling point so, the well was abandoned. But a calcium carbonate cone began to form around the opening.

The second hole was dug in 1964 by an energy company but, the water wasn’t hot enough for their needs so, they abandoned it too. The structure that formed around it is what we see today.

There are a couple of other geysers nearby but, none are as large or as impressive as the Fly Geyser is, therefore, one-of-a-kind and something you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

 

3. Naica Mine, Mexico

Naica Mine, Mexico
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What’s the biggest crystal you’ve ever seen well, however large you thought it was, it’s nothing compared to what a team of miners discovered near Naica. In Chihuahua Mexico 1910, a cave found at a depth of 390 feet has become known as the Cave of Swords.

To their surprise, it was full of Gypsum Crystals that were up to three feet three inches long. Ninety years later, another mining crew took things a step further when they were drilling a new shaft and found the giant crystal cave, which itself was 980 feet under the surface.

This cave had once flooded with hot water, which allowed minerals to deposit crystalline structures. The largest of the crystals to have seen was 39-Feet long, 13-Feet wide, and thought to weigh as much as 55 tons which makes it the largest one ever to have found.

Conditions in the cave aren’t exactly inviting to people, with temperatures reaching 136 degrees Fahrenheit and 99% humidity. Humans can only be in there for up to ten minutes without full safety equipment.

 

2. Lake Baikal, Russia

Lake Baikal, Russia

Lake Baikal is in Southern Siberia is the largest known freshwater lake in the world, which contains almost a quarter of our planet’s non-saline surface water.

At 5,387 feet deep, it’s the world’s deepest lake and is also to be the oldest after forming around 25 million years ago. As you’d expect, there’s a wealth of plant and animal life in the region that supports countless villages and tribes.

The thing that’s particularly amazing about this place is what happens when it freezes over because it’s formed in the valley it’s exposed to freezing winds that blow across its surface.

This leads to the creation of unbelievable eye structures that are hard to believe form naturally. This is one of the most peaceful and awe-inspiring places on earth and well worth a visit if you get the chance.

 

1. Coño Cristales, Colombia

Coño Crystals
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The Coño Cristales is a small river that feeds into the Guayabero River of Colombia due to its unique plant life, it’s also commonly referred to as the most beautiful river in the world. 

The fast-flowing water passes through a region that’s on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, the Andes, and the eastern Llanos and is almost completely clean.

The riverbed has numerous holes and dips in it because of the way the rocks caught in the current erode the bedrock. This has produced the ideal locations for a species of plant called Macarenia clavígera to grow.

During the summer months, it takes on a gloriously red color and also provides shelter for other species to grow that adds yellows, greens, blues, and blacks into the mix.

It’s no wonder that this place is also affectionately known as the liquid rainbow and is so unusual that many visitors still can’t believe that it’s real even when they’re standing right next to it.

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