10 Weird Places Around the World | The Earth is a miracle. Places that were hidden have been finding their way into the eyes of the world. Traveling isn’t always a possibility for everyone, thus the internet gives a picture view into the places we can’t physically visit, and opens up our very own eyes to make us realize how beautiful our planet is. This list looks at some of the most weird areas around the world. The list includes natural places and those created by mankind.
1. Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertiness, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. It is located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, which has a temperate climate for most of the year.
2. Beppu is a tourist town sandwiched between the sea and the mountains. The city was founded on April 1, 1924, and is famous for its onsen (hot springs). Beppu contains nine major geothermal hot spots, which are sometimes referred to as the “nine hells of Beppu”. Seven of these are located in the Kannawa district, and two in the more remote Shibaseki district. Beppu is also divided into eight major hot spring areas known as Beppu Hattō.
3. The San Qing Mountain had been classified as a national park (Guojiaji Fengjing Mingshengqu, National Park of China). It is a famous honeypot in mainland China as well as a shelter for animals and plants. It contains about 1000 species of flora and 800 types of fauna. The total area of the San Qing Mountain is 2200 km². It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
4. The Plain of Jars, Lao, is a megalithic archaeological landscape in Laos. Scattered in the landscape of the Xieng Khouang plateau, Xieng Khouang, Lao PDR, are thousands of megalithic jars. These stone jars appear in clusters, ranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars at lower foothills surrounding the central plain and upland valleys.
5. Spotted Lake is a saline endorheic alkali lake located northwest of Osoovos in British Columbia. Most of the water in the lake evaporates over the summer, leaving behind all the minerals. Large “spots” on the lake appear and depending on the mineral composition at the time, the spots will be different colors. The spots are made mainly of magnesium sulfate, which crystallizes in the summer. In the summer only the minerals in the lake remain, and they harden to form natural “walkways” around and between the spots.
6. The Rio Tinto runs from the Sierra Moreno Mountains down to the Gulf of Cádiz in Huelva, Spain. Rio Tinto translates into red river and this is exactly how the river appears. High levels of iron in the water cause the red coloring of the river. The river has been mined for copper, gold and silver from ancient times, and continues as of today. The Rio Tinto has the oldest mines in the world, which are believed to be the fabled King Solomon’s mines.
7. Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser is a small geothermal geyser that is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Gerlach, in Nevada. It is large enough to be seen from the road. Fly Geyser is a very little known tourist attraction, even to Nevada residents. It is located right near the edge of Fly Reservoir and is only about 5 feet (1.5 m) high, (12 feet (3.7 m) if you count the mound on which it sits). The Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon, and was accidentally created in 1916 during the drilling of a well.
8. Vale Da Lua is a set of rock formations carved in the rocks by the rapids of clear waters of the river San Miguel. It is outside the National Park Serra da Boa Vista, in a valley that becomes very dangerous during the rainy season due to sudden downpours. The name comes from the Valley of the Moon that resemble a landscape looks lunar, with small craters dug by the friction of the sand carried by the water with the rocks in the corners where the rapids are stronger, giving rise to small eddies and funnels.
9. Charamel Falls and the Coloured Earth is part of an archipelago formed from a now dormant undersea volcano. Mauritius is home to two natural wonders. The first is Chamarel Falls, which are three thin waterfalls that fall about 300 ft. down a plateau. They are the tallest waterfalls in Mauritius. Mauritius was once known only for its waterfalls, then in the 1960s, the colored dunes were discovered. The colored sand was created from clay made of lava cooling off at different times. The effect caused the 7 different colors of sand to form; they include red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. The most unique aspect of the sands is the fact that if you take all the colors and mix them together, they will naturally separate and rejoin the correct color grouping that they belong to.
10. Caño Cristales is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena, province of Meta. The river is commonly called “The River of Five Colors,” “The Liquid Rainbow” or even “The Most Beautiful River in the World” due to the algae produced colors like red, yellow, green and blue at the bottom of the river giving it a unique appearance.