lunedì 4 luglio 2011

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Strangest Places on Earth

1. Pamukkale, Turkey has strange terraces composed of Pamukkale. It’s been a marvel enjoyed for over two-thousand years now, yet is unknown in many parts of the modern world. It was formed by condensed calcium carbonate, from evaporating spring wate,r as spring water spewed to the surface. Layers of Travertine (chalky material) built up over the many centuries. The milky white waters here have been said to heal people over the centiuries.

2. These are scenes of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.The barren floor is strewn with gravel, and is said to most resemble the Martian landscape. We associate the Antarctica with snow, but this area within Victoria Land, west of McCurdo Sound, receives very little snowfall. Under a sheet of ice, however, is salty water with intriguing simple organisms. They are being studied intensively by microbiologists.

3. Rio Tinto is in Spain. It’s a huge open mining area, with a lunar-like landscape. This strange place has consumed a vast area, and its growth prompted entire villages to relocate. The red-colored river that flows through it is highly acidic (pH 1.7 to 2.5). Rio Tinto means “River Ink”.

4. This eerily strange place are the Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves in Austria are spectacular, and are a huge labyrinth, located near Salzburg, within the majestic Tennengebirge Mountains. Only a part of this 40 kilometer network of breathtaking caves is open to the public.

5. Mount Pinatubo is a stunning volcano at Pampanga, Philippines. It erupted in the 1990s killing many Filipinos, and destroying many homes. Such a contrast from the beauty that it portrays in 2011. There is a scenic crater lake on one of its slopes, and is available for swimming. It’s now a popular tourist attraction, and labeled inactive. It’s truly a strange place.

6. The Great Blue Hole of Belize is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It was formed during The Ice Age when sea levels were much lower. The analysis of stalactites found in Great Blue Hole shows that formation has taken place 153,000; 66,000; 60,000; and 15,000 years ago!  The hole is over 300 metres (984 ft) across and 124 metres (407 ft) deep.

7. Kliluk is a very strange place indeed. Given its name by Native Americans, its known also as the Spotted Lake. It’s located in British Columbia and Washington, on the border of Canada and the United States. It was created by deposits of mineral crystals as water evaporated in the summer sun. Thisformed the strange white-rimmed circles, which are shallow pools that reflect the minerals in hues of blue and green. The water here has one of the highest concentrations of a large variety of minerals on earth. The Native Americans often soaked in it for wounds or ailments.

8.These odd-looking “veined” spheroid boulders are located on Koekohe Beach, New Zealand. They are along the Otago coast on South Island. CalledMoeraki Bouldersthey were formed millions of years ago, when sediment was deposited on what was then an ocean floor. The sediment formed around a single stone similarly to the way a pearl is formed. These strange boulders weigh about five tons, and are three meters in diameter.

9. The Salar de Uyuni is a magnificent landscape, with a stark contrast in topography. It has a spectacular active volcano, the world’s largest salt desert, tall cacti islands and breathtaking geyser flats. It is such a strange place that you would think you’re on some alien planet. “Beam me up, Scotty!”

10. Blood Pond Hot Spring as the name suggests is red; is from the iron in the waters. It’s one of the many Jigokus (hells) located in Beppu, Japan. It’s composed of nine natural hot springs, suitable only for viewing due to the intense heat. It’s a strange place that is beautiful and mystical.


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