From the multicoloured springs of Grand Prismatic in US to the breathtaking Odle mountains in Italy, we showcase 11 of the world’s most surreal landscapes.
1. Antelope Canyon – United States
The Antelope Canyon in Arizona, US, is without a doubt one of the most photographed canyons in the American Southwest. The characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes were formed by flash-flooding and erosion.
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2. Grand Prismatic Spring – United States
Located in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and one of the largest in the world – 3rd largest to be exact. The spring gets its name from the rainbow colours produced by thermophilic (“heat loving”) organisms.
3. The Danakil Depression – Ethiopia
Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression in is one of the hottest inhabited places on Earth. Temperatures range from 35 degrees Celsius to 63 degrees.
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4. Lencois Maranhenses Sand Dunes – Brazil
The Lencois Maranhenses Sand Dunes may look like your average sand dune, but during the wet season the vallyes fill up with water. It’s not unusual to spot one or two fishes swimming around the pools.
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5. Tunnel of Love – Ukraine
This is the ultimate place for those who are head over heals in love. The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine is a three kilometre railway section that provides trains with a secret passage for transporting wood to a local factory. The unusual rail route is also a popular spot for couples and photographers.
6. Wave Rock – Australia
One of Western Australia’s most treasured natural attractions is just a short ride away from Perth. The Wave Rock stands 15 metres tall and 110 metres long, and resembles a wave on the verge of crashing into the sandy base below. The rock is believed to be 2,700 million years old, which means it is pre-dinosaur era.
7. The Cappadocia Valley – Turkey
The Cappadocia Valley in Turkey is home to several thousands-year-old caves. Many of the caves are still occupied today, and some of them have even become hotels.
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8. Rainbow Bridge – United States
Rainbow Bridge in Utah is often described as being the world’s highest natural bridge.
9. Door to Hell – Turkmenistan
The Door to Hell in Turkmenistan is a fiery crater caused by a drilling blunder in 1971. Fearing that large quantities of methane gas emitted from the crate would harm the nearby town, Scientists decided to set it on fire, expecting it to burn off within a couple of days. However, almost 40 years after the incident, the crate is still ablaze!
10. Odle Mountains – Italy
High up in the Italian Alps, within the UNESCO World Heritage Site Dolomites, sit the impressive and stunning Odle Mountains. The Dolomites mountain range has been referred to as the most beautiful mountain landscape found anywhere in the world.
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11. Giant Buddha – Leshan, China
The Giant Buddha in Leshan, China is an UNESCO world heritage site. The statue was carved out of a hillside in the 8th century and looks down on the confluence of three rivers.