1. Danxia Landform Geological Park (China)
It’s hard to believe that this insane mountain formation is real when looking at its Technicolor range. The so-called “Danxia Landform” refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. Danxia landform is formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.
The mountains are part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. Layers of different colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over 24 million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates, according to the Telegraph. And the region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.
2. Abandoned Mines Beneath Yekaterinburg (Russia)
Jaw dropping acid: The psychadelic walls inside the abandoned salt mine in Yekaterinburg, Russia more than 650ft under the surface
Naturally unnatural: The minerals give the walls bright colors and ‘psychedelic’ patterns in yellow, red, blue and green
Hundreds of feet below a Russian city is an abandoned salt mine which might as well be the inside of a rave. The walls are covered with psychedelic patterns, caused by the natural layers of mineral carnal lite creating swirls throughout the colored rock.
Although a small part of the mine is still in use, miles of tunnels now lay abandoned and are only accessible with a special government permit.
3. Kamchatka Ice Caves (Russia)
Kamchatka (Камчатка) needs no further introduction for people playing the board game “Risk”. It is the tail at Russia’s Far Eastern end, an appendix of the Eurasian continent kissing Bering Sea as well as taking Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk by the hands.
And the gorgeous ice caves are in the south part of Kamchatka. The almost kilometer long tunnel was formed by a hot water spring flowing beneath the glacial ice fields on the flanks of the nearby Mutnovsky volcano. Because glaciers on Kamchatka volcanoes have been melting in recent years, the roof of this cave is now so thin that sunlight penetrates through it. If you are moved by this scenery, please make a visit as soon as possible.
4. Tulip Fields in Lisse (The Netherlands)
Even in March the field near Amsterdam turns from sandy patches into carpets of lime green sprouts as the first signs of spring emerge. By the time the season is in full swing, the area is swathed in red, pink, purple, orange and yellow blooms, a sight that truly looks like something out of The Wizard of Oz.
Today’s nearly 90 bulb growers have planted more than 7 million tulips, daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths in the nearly 80 acres of blooming gardens and exhibit halls.
5. Dead Vlei in Namib-Naukluft Park (Namibia)
Dead camel thorn trees, Acacia erioloba, Dead Vlei, Sossusvlei, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
I know it looks like a painting but actually it’s a real landscape in a location called Dead Vlei in Namibia. It is a white-clay pan located near the more famous salt pan of Sossusvlei, Which is a wide, flat, salt-covered expanse with a dense and compact layer of clay in the subsoil. When dry, Sossusvlei is hard and arid, and when wet, as it gets every 5-10 years when fed by the Tsauchab River, it becomes sticky and plastic. Even in the wettest of years, the water soaks into the salt clay pan, giving the area its nickname: “place of no return.” Altogether the blue sky, red dunes, and white pans make a striking vision, reminiscent of movies such as “The Fall,” “The Cell,” and “Steel Dawn.”
6. Caño Cristales (Colombia)
The river shown in the photographs is the Caristales, which is located near the town of La Macarena in Colombia, South America. The river, world famous for its colorful display, has been called “the river that ran away to paradise”, “the most beautiful river in the world” and “the river of five colors”.
During Colombia’s wet season, the water flows fast and deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the mosses and algae that call the river home the sun that they need. And during the dry season there is not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river. But during a brief span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colors.
7. Lake Hillier (Australia)
This unbelievable bright pink lake, is about 600 meters long, and is surrounded by a rim of sand and dense woodland of paper bark and eucalyptus trees. A narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separates it from the blue Southern Ocean.
This lake turns into a soft pink shade in the right weather conditions. Thanks to the high concentration of algae in the water or we can never see an amazing view like this. For the best views and excellent experience, take a walk to Pink Lake lookout.
8. Hills of Devecser (Hungary)
This photo looks like two images stitched together; above is a normal forest, and below, a strange, Martian one. But it’s a single image from a single place and time — the hills of western Hungary, six months after a devastating industrial accident.
In late 2010, the waste reservoir of a Hungarian aluminum oxide plant burst, releasing millions and millions of gallons of caustic red sludge. The meter-high toxic mudslide quickly moved downhill through two nearby villages, burying buildings, poisoning fields and killing 10 people. Also, it turned the normal trees into what you see in this picture.
9. Fly Geyser in the Black Rock Desert, Nevada (US)
Located on a gated parcel of private property within the million-acre Black Rock Desert, Fly Geyser is not a natural phenomenon. It was created accidentally in 1964 from a geothermal test well inadequately capped. The scalding water has erupted from the well since then, leaving calcium carbonate deposits growing at the rate of several inches per year. The brilliant red and green coloring on the mounds is from thermophiles algae thriving in the extreme micro-climate of the geysers. Unfortunately, Fly Geyser is not open to the public.
10. “Door to Hell” in Derweze (Turkmenistan)
Though looking like a dramatic scene from some science fiction movies, the “Door to Hell” is a natural gas field in Derweze, 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. The fire is fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance.