10 most exciting "space" landscapes on Earth
Whether or not there was a time when the Earth was ruled by giants and dragons, applying his magic on the ground, fighting for superiority, and left such a mess? Could aliens visiting the kingdom to use them in their own cunning purposes? Of course, the scientists were able to find a plausible explanation for the heavenly landscapes of our world. But they still did not find the reasons for their perfect symmetry, complex color palette, striking similarities with things made by human hands, or perhaps alien designs. They are surrounded by legends and mysteries, and who can say with confidence that there is - a fiction, and that - the real facts?
Here are the unique places on our planet, that she seemed "not suitable." It seems that these impressive ethereal psychedelic landscapes appeared from somewhere in outer space, surreal art or a science fiction film. They - the main evidence that the imagination of mother nature is superior to our own.
Volcano Pu'u O'o, Hawaii
He became famous when he was recognized as the most active volcano in the last five centuries. Since 1983, he has continuously erupted, pouring 350 cubic kilometers of lava and covering nearly 130 square kilometers of land. Sometimes lava is thrown up to a height of 460 meters, creating a stunner.
Three years after its first eruption of lava reached the ocean waters for 16 km from the crater, forming numerous lava tubes and impressive clouds of steam, rises high above the ground. The most destructive eruption was in 1990, when the lava has covered two villages, destroying more than 100 homes. Hawaiian legends tell of Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, who uses her magic wand to open the volcano's mouth. Name O'o just refers to this tool with the supernatural.
In spite of the constant threat that it represents, the volcano continues to fascinate researchers and attract many tourists and thrill seekers who want to look at something that looks like a bubbling primordial soup, ready to create new worlds.
2. Chocolate Hills in the Philippines
They are the same color as all the favorite dessert. Unfortunately, you can not eat the Chocolate Hills. This is not a huge mole mounds. Shaped perfect cone Chocolate Hills are in the list of the most bizarre and rare geological phenomena on Earth.
Almost 80 square kilometers Bohol surface, tenth largest Island in the Philippines, cover 1268 such hills in height from 30 to 122 meters. They were formed about 2, 5 billion years ago, and there are several theories as to their origin. One says that these hills - the result of tectonic activity, move and climb the limestone sediments from the sea floor, which once covered our world. But no one has been able to explain their perfect symmetry.
are usually covered with vegetation during the dry season and long periods of drought, the hills become chocolate brown shade. According to legend, the cones were created a long time ago, when the two giants fought in these lands, throwing stones and piles of sand at each other for several days in a row, leaving a big mess.
3. Tiantsi Mountains in China
It seems that the incredibly tall and slender mountains maintain their balance like a ballerina on pointe, even curious as to how they still did not collapse. If they look familiar, it's because they inspired the soaring mountains on the planet Pandora in James Cameron (James Cameron) "Avatar." And they really make us think about the places where nature still lives at peace with humans and all living things.
Tiantsi mountains in the Chinese province of Hunan were formed under water about 380-million five years ago. Water patience has carved soft sandstone, leaving only the hard rocks in the middle, still standing as pointy towers, thus creating about 3,000 of these giant and impressive columns that sometimes reach a height of 1220 meters above sea level, looking out of the mist as mysterious custody.
Tiantsi means "Son of Heaven" - a heavenly name for the heavenly places. Tiantsi stretched on more than 16,550 acres of land. Thousands artistically shaped peaks, each worth higher than other old weathered spiers of quartz sand with their tops covered pine, delight view dramatic scenery massive blocks, obelisks and towers are waiting our avatars to scout them.
4. Stone Forest Naygu China
Covering an area of over 26 000 hectares, the Chinese stone forest covers most of the provinces of Guangxi, Yunnan and Guizhou. Stone Forest in Shilin Naygu, the most impressive part of Yunnan Province, boasts a variety of shapes and colors. Also known as the Black Stone Forest Shilin, or simply due to its proximity to the city of the same name, these amazing limestone formations grow out of the ground, as the calcined trees, creating the illusion of a unique stone forest or the petrified storm at sea.
According to legend, this inhospitable place - the birthplace of Ashima, a beautiful girl, fell in love with the person for whom she was forbidden to marry. Terrible suffering, she turned to stone with a forest that surrounded her.
formed as a result of lime disintegration about 270-year-million years ago, karst landscape is enveloped by a mysterious atmosphere like dark shadows fell on the unearthly spikes tower blocks and columns, resembling animals, portals and fungi, the highest of which reach 40 meters in height, with lakes, caves and underground streams. Naygu translated means "ancient and black", an appropriate name for one of the most mysterious places on the planet.
5. Wadi Rum in Jordan
It is quite obvious why it is called the Valley of the Moon. Made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, Wadi Rum - a pink desert in southern Jordan, sprinkled high and pointy rocks among the large valleys, with unique formations of sandstone: there are high cliffs, natural arches, ramps, caves and spectacular landslides. Recognized natural and cultural sites by UNESCO narrow gorge of Wadi Rum witnessed more than 12 thousand years of human life with more than 25,000 rock carvings and 154 cultural monuments, offers a look at the evolution of pastoral and agricultural activities in the area. It's home to the Bedouins with their large tents made of goat hair, which became the hallmark of this place, and Wadi Rum - a coveted destination for climbers and thrill seekers come here to challenge the lonely peaks on the most difficult routes.
Impressive bright mixture of red and black basalt sand, Wadi Rum - the birthplace of the famous "Seven Pillars of Wisdom." While most believe that the novel TE Lawrence is named in honor of striking sandstone formations, the reality is just the opposite. Only the name has been taken in the last ten years, but with careful counting, we find that there are only six pillars.
6. Eaglehawk Neck in Tasmania
To the south of Tasmania, a narrow sandy isthmus connecting the Tasman Peninsula and the mainland. Eaglehawk Neck is famous for two reasons. Firstly, it is an eloquent example of the extremely rare geological phenomenon called a mosaic pavement. Because of erosion and fragmentation of rocks caused by the movement of tectonic plates, the earth looks as if it laid out hundreds of geometrically perfect tiles, very similar to the artificial turf.
Secondly, Eaglehawk Neck tells the terrible story of the world's first dogs guarded prison. Dogs deliberately starved, that they become aggressive. A narrow piece of land was the only gate to freedom for British prisoners of Port Arthur. The prisoners would have to overcome 400 meters of the isthmus 30 meters wide. In addition to the guards, they would have to pass nine ferocious dogs, planted on a chain at an equal distance from each other so that they could not reach each other, but to seize anyone who tries to get past them. The inmates were defenseless.
In addition to all, there are many legends that the waters are teeming with sharks, which have prevented the Oceanic flight. Throughout the history of the prison, only three managed to escape in 1842. One of the escapees was the infamous Martin Cash.
7. Lake Hillier in Australia
This is not a huge chewing gum and a strawberry milkshake. It's just a lake on an island in the average Australian. However, it looks as if there shed some strange pink substance. It reaches a length of 600 meters of the lake Hiller narrow strip of land separated from the ocean and is surrounded by a rim of white sand and dense forests, contrasting remarkably with strangely colored water, where exactly would want to swim aliens.
In the world there are other pink lakes, whose origins were explained. But in this case it remains unclear on what happens color of the lake. It has been proven that the color - it's not the play of light, since it remains bright enough even when water intake. Most plausible theory is the presence of dyes created by micro-organisms (bacteria and algae) that live in the lake. There is no doubt that the water is not dangerous to humans. But as the water turned pink, it remains a mystery.
8. White Desert in Sahara
Millions of years ago, when the dunes of the Sahara has been covered by the ocean, large deposits of chalk were on the sea floor, rubbed strange limestone formations. When the water receded, the wind formed from this unusual form of chalk, which is why today it seems that the desert guarded by giant white mushrooms.
Sahara el Beida, as they call it the locals, or just the White Desert, located in the immediate vicinity of the oasis Faraffa in the Libyan desert, is home to a unique geological phenomenon. Strange shapes of soft chalk white and cream-colored continues to change under the chisels wind.
Faraffa Oasis, one of the smallest and most remote villages in Egypt, has no more than 4,000 inhabitants and is located 180 kilometers from the nearest village. Despite this, a great number of tourists each year visit it. One of the many legends about this place is connected with the mysterious disappearance of the army of Cambyses, the Persian king who conquered Egypt VI-th century BC. e. Can these petrified guards to be soldiers of his army?
9. Dedvley Namibia
Do not be fooled. This is not a surrealist painting, and you can be sure that on Mars there are no trees. This is nothing more than the wonderful work of nature. Coal black parched trees lofty standing on the background of the largest sand dunes in the world.
Once I passed through Dedvley river. Over time, the river dried up, leaving it dry and lifeless place. Skeletons of trees reminiscent of the once former are dense forest, as if to say that the world around us can change in a split second. Grandfather Pour means "swamp" or "lake". A better name for this place just did not find. Now it is a huge cemetery for more than 900-year-old trees, is still high standing like sentinels in the arid desert, though devoid of life, but incredibly beautiful.
'Park Namib-Naukluft National Park "in Namibia - is home to the highest sand dunes in the world, some of which reach 400 meters in height. Trees in the desert is very unusual. Hundreds of dead acacia trees with twisted and crooked branches were completely mummified: they are fossilized, because the surrounding conditions do not allow them to decompose.
10. Sahara Eye
Craters of the Moon seem to have become a little bit closer. They are at the heart of the Sahara Desert, to be precise. Structure Rishat in Mauritania, commonly known as the Sahara Eye or Eye of Africa, continues to fascinate researchers and scientists from all corners of the globe. Recognized as one of the biggest mysteries of the planet, a giant, very symmetrical eroded bowl was accidentally seen by astronauts when they took pictures of the desert. At first everyone believed that the unusual geological formation - a trace of the meteorite collision, mainly due to the huge size - about 45 km in diameter. Others believe that it is the result of volcanic activity. In the end, the researchers came to the unequivocal conclusion that the structure Rishat - the result of a natural phenomenon, namely, the dome-shaped elevation, exposed to wind erosion, over time, cut the very mother nature. However, they can not explain what made rings equidistant from the center. Earth bovine eyes remains a mystery, surrounded by countless myths and hypotheses.