Our planet is a marvelous place, from the life it contains to the ecosystems and landscapes. Have you ever wondered how diverse these landscapes can be? From massive ice sheets in the antarctic, to some of the hottest places on Earth, the variations in landscapes are endless. While there can only be a finite number of different landscapes on our planet, we do have some that will make you think they’ve been created on the computer, or maybe the government has secretly visited other worlds. While the latter is extremely unlikely, take a look at the following twenty images captured on our magnificent planet, and prepare to be amazed.
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These hills may look like something that could be found on another planet, but they are actually landforms known as The Zhangye Danxia Landforms and are found in China, the various landscapes consist of a unique type of petrographic geomorphology, and are formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of very large cretaceous age.
The landscapes have been said to look like karst topography that form in areas underlined by limestone.
Pamukkale, also known as Cotton Castle, is a natural site in Denizli, Turkey, that contains hot springs that tourists are welcome to swim in for free. There are platforms of carbonate minerals that are left by the natural flowing spring water.
These rocks may look like something that can be seen on Mars however, in 1926, Phreatic eruptions occurred in Ethiopia which formed a volcano known as the Dallol Volcano, eruption craters were also formed. These craters contain salt pans and are the lowest known subaerial volcanic vents in the world and are over 150ft below sea level.
On the North Island of New Zealand, there is a tourist attraction known as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The caves are known for its population of glowworms, the species of glowworms that are found in the caves are only found in New Zealand and are around the same size as an average mosquito.
Dracena Cinnabari, is a tree that is native to Socotra, which are four small islands in the Indian Ocean. The trees are also known as Dragonblood trees and as seen in the image, have a umbrella-shaped top, with leaves that measure up to 60cm long and 3cm wide.
50 to 60 million years ago, a very strong volcanic activity occurred in Count Antrim, Northern Ireland, which formed a group of around 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, most of these columns are a hexagonal shape, some of the tallest are about 30ft high and 92ft thick.
These dunes are known as the Painted Dunes and are located in the Lassen Volcanic National Park, Northern California. These dunes are a result of a volcanic eruption, and can be seen from the top of the Cinder Cone, also located in the Lassen Volcanic National Park.
Fortress Of Solitude
Although, this picture looks similar to Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, it is actually a mine that is location in Mexico, known as the Naica Mine. The mines contain crystals of selenite (gypsum) as large as 4ft in diameter and 50ft long, it also contains other elements such as lead, zinc and silver. This mine was largely underwater until it was drained, and has extremely high humidity levels. Due to this humidity, paired with the high temperatures, personnel are required to wear specialized equipment and cannot be down there for more than 30 minutes at a time.
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