1. Antelope Canyon, USA
Formed by an erosion of Navajo sandstone, it only took a time and many monsoon seasons to create these swirling passageways through the Antelope Canyons. The speed of sand and water rushing through the slot canyon sections is what created the smoothed over walls of these now very deep corridors of the sandstone history.
2. Ice Cave, Iceland
When rain and the melting water glaze over the ice and creep into crevices, we can witness what frozen water looks like as cold wind creates the sculpted grotto. Its cavelike form was created by the streams melting numerous holes along the surface until it created a long tunnel of intricate icy walls.
3. Glass Beach, California
In Fort Bragg, California you can find the product of early twentieth century garbage dumping turning from distasteful to beautiful. As the waves pounded over glass, dismantled automobiles and appliances all that was left was the glass and pottery completely smoothed over and colorful. This beach now exists as a proof that the power of nature can wash away man’s destructive ways.
Vacationers are strictly not allowed to take glass stones out of the park, but in spite of this, you can find them in other places on the coast. Many people go in Fort Bragg to see Glass Beach in the summertime. Also, the period during the end of May, before the Day of Remembrance, the festival of glass takes place.
As known from different sources, the glass decomposes from 500 to 1000 years. So in about a thousand years the incredible Glass Beach will turn into an ordinary sand beach. But now it is one of the most beautiful places and the unique beach, that was created by man and nature. To avoid losing the sights and stop the damage from water, periodically beach replenishes with glass. Thanks to this the summer visitors are able to enjoy the Glass Beach in full beauty again and again.
4. Zhangye Danxia landform geological park, China
In Gansu Province, lies the most unusual steep cliffs displaying jewel tone colors in rock formations and it’s the result or red sandstone and mineral deposits that have been laid down for the last 24 million years. About 100 million years ago, there was a huge internal basin. Water was carrying here from the surrounding silt. Then the basin went dry, as a result of global high temperatures. Thanks to arid conditions, sediment started to oxidize and became the color of rust.
The red layer, that was 3,700 meters thick, formed in the basin about 70 million years ago. It’s also known, as the chalk bed. At the top was a solid layer, which was 1,300 meters thick. This layer gradually formed Danxia Mountain peaks in the Cretaceous period. According to scientists, the mountains Zhangye Danxia continue changing and grow to this day, for 10 000 years, they are higher by about 87 centimeters. The mountains were included in UNESCO World Heritage List, making them more popular among foreign tourists from around the world. Now you can see laid wooden walkway and organized safe viewing platforms, so that everyone could feel part of this unearthly beauty created by nature itself.
5. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
A path overgrown with greenery creating an air of mystique and romance is located deep in the forests of Ukraine, it’s about 24 km from the city of Rivne-near the town of Klevan. Thicket of trees and bushes, that are intertwined with each other tight, have created this fine arched tunnel.
Tunnel is a place of pilgrimage for tourists and couples in love. In the warm season, the green alley is good for making photos of newlyweds. There is a legend, that if a couple in love, who will pass through the tunnel, make a wish, this wish will come true.
The length of this wonderful green arch in the woodland is about 4 km. Also, it’s still used by trains to transport wood to a local factory.
6. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
In County Antrim on the Northern coast of Northern Ireland contains a unique attraction, where 40000 interlocking basalt columns remain due to a volcanic eruption over 50 million years ago. These columns were featured on Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” album.
7. Naica Mine, Mexico
Discovered back in 2000, this limestone cave filled with glistening crystal beams is as big as a football field and as high as a two story building. Besides the beauty that vaults these caverns, be wary if you are to visit as temperatures reach up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit or about 44 degrees Celsius with 90 to 100% humidity. Enough to leave you shimmering with sweat just like a crystal.
8. Red Beach, China
This beach in Panjin, China bears seaweeds called Sueda which grow green during in April and last throughout the summer. Once autumn hits, these seaweeds turn a most vibrant red.
9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
If you weren’t sure where to find the most surreal place on Earth then check out Salar du Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flats. It’s said to have been formed by transformations between several prehistoric lakes. Walking along the salt flat must really feel like walking through a hallucination.
10. “Gates of hell”, Turkmenistan
This frightening yet somehow fantastic 70 meter wide phenomenon can be found in the middle of the Karakum Desert. Caused by Soviet geologists drilling into a cavern in 1971 the ground had collapsed due to a build-up of natural gas. This large gate of inferno appeared after attempting to set ablaze. The poisonous gas discharge in hopes it would burn off. However, the blazing breath of this pit is still flaming on to this day.