From the Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon, there are seven spectacular natural wonders in the world. But, did you know that there are also a few lesser known sites that are equally stunning but hard to believe they belong to Earth? We have found 10 of the most alien-looking spots on the planet – and they real:
1. Dry Valleys (Antarctica)
Loaded with the gravel-strewn floors, Dry Valleys are regarded as the ‘Mars on the Earth’. Showcasing a fascinating landscape, Dry valley’s geographical location ensures it doesn’t get any snowfall. What’s more? Just a few steep rocks resting on a terrain that doesn’t seem to belong to this Earth. What comprises the valley’s floor is a forever frozen lake with ice quite a few meters thick.
2. Socotra Island (Indian Ocean)
Come visit Socotra Island and you will be persuaded to believe that you are elated to another era of Earth’s history. One amongst the group of four islands, Socotra Island is geographically secluded from the mainland Africa. The island is home to nearly 700 rare species of flora and fauna, among which 1/3 are considered endemic.
3. Rio Tinto (Spain)
Featuring a Lunar landscape, Rio Tinto will blow your mind away with its giant opencast unearthly mines. Deriving its name from the Rio Red River which flows through the region-itself, Rio Tinto has emerged as a landscape within a landscape.
P.S. The river’s red water is considered to be highly acidic (pH 1.7—2.5) and loaded with the goodness of heavy metals.
4. Kliluk (The Spotted Lake, Canada)
Enriched with unique shallow pools, Kliluk is located at the epicenter of British Colombia and Washington. The scorching summer sun evaporates and crystallizes the water of Spotted Lake, creating white-rimmed circles and shallow pools reflected in the shades of blues and greens.
5. Salar De Uyuni (Bolivia)
Salar de Uyuni is imaginably one of the most spectacular alien looking landscapes in the world. Situated at a splendid area featuring the world’s largest salt desert, impressive cacti islands, active volcanoes and geyser flats, it is no less than an alien mirage.
6. Vale Da Lua (Brazil)
Vale da Lua or the Moon valley is a water eroded rock formation complemented by the natural swimming pools encompassing a river in the brazilian cerrado forest. Located 38 odd kilometers from Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Vale Da Lua’s rock formations are made of quartz and therefore regarded as one of the oldest on the planet.
7. Blood Pond Hot spring (Japan)
One amongst Japan’s nine breath-taking natural hot springs, Blood Pond Hot Spring offers breathtaking view. The “blood pond” derives its name from the red water which is colored red because of the iron in the waters. It is considered to be the most photogenic hot springs among the nine springs.
8. The Stone Forest, China
An extraordinary example of karst topography, the stone forest’s rocks comprise of the limestone and are made of the water seeping into the ground’s surface and wearing away everything except the rock pillars.
9. The Richat Structure (Mauritania)
Located in the Southwestern part of the world-renowned Sahara desert, the Richat Structure is so huge and unbelievably circular that the cause of its formation is still not confirmed. Some believe that it is formed by a meteorite impact whereas geologists affirm that they came into being through erosion.
10. Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves (Austria)
While the world is home to many ice caves, the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves in Austria are one of the largest known to us. Stretching across 40 kilometers of area, they have a strange feel about them as if they do not belong to this planet. Although only selection area is open to tourists, it’s enough to imagine what the remaining network has got to cater.