Natural Marvels of The World That Have To Be Seen To Be Believed
There are many truly incredible things in this world but all too often we dismiss them as commonplace or perfectly unspectacular due to the fact we see them, or something very similar, each and every day. However, there are some things that are so unique and out of the norm that they don't bare believing unless you visit them yourself. Here we take a look at a few.
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park - China
Multicolored mountains crop up everywhere about the Geological Park as red limestone and mineral deposits create stunning vistas from layers of rock that have formed over millions of years.
Only becoming a national park in 2011, it has been voted by various Chinese media outlets as the most beautiful landforms in the country.
Waitomo Caves - New Zealand
The Waitomo caves are an impressive sight themselves, with pure white stalactites dripping down from the roof as the trickle of an underground river flows nearby in the darkness but the real sight is the speckled blue lights that glow amongst the darkness like a concentrated constellation just above your head. These luminescent points are actually glow worms that use their light to attract flys and other insects into the dangling, silver threads they have left below them where they will then become caught only to serve as a meal later. Chilling in a practical sense but aesthetically beautiful.
Gullfoss - Iceland
Gullfoss is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and it is not hard to see why. Literally translated as 'Gold Fall' legend tells that when the sun hits the water at the right angle, it turns to gold whilst others say it is because of the rainbow is often seen emanating from it on sunny days because of its spray, where a pot of gold is supposed to be located at the end of it.
In any case, approaching the crevice it seems like the water from the flowing river above might just disappear underground but once you reach the edge you see the waterfall in all its sheer magnificence.
Whitehaven Beach - Australia
7km of white, sandy beaches on the gloriously lush Whitsunday Island. Named the top eco beach in the world by CNN, smoking and dogs are prohibited in order to keep it clean and litter free and maintain the balance of the delicate ecosystem around it.
Marble Caves - Patagonia
On the Chile/Argentina border is the placid Lake Buenos Aries or General Carrera Lake. The glacial lake is a sight in itself but at its center lies the marble caves carved away over time that have now formed stunning rock formations.
These formations have magnificent blue and green ringed patterns where the waves of the lake have reacted with the calcium carbonate in the marble and, over 6000 years, have created a labyrinth of explosive color.
Salar De Uyuni - Bolivia
An evaporated lake left salt deposits behind to create these stunning salt flats that are so pure and reflective that often the horizon is blurred and the sky and ground become one whilst, at certain points, the curvature of the Earth can be seen.
Vaadhoo Island - Maldives
A small island in the Maldives, at night a natural phenomenon referred to as 'the sea of stars' occurs in the waters at night as phosphorescent phytoplankton that inhabit the walls gather on the coastline due to the tides as the water becomes a neon rave scene.
The Fairy Pools of The Isle of Skye - Scotland
A series of clear, cold pools that form below waterfalls, the water is so transparent that you can see the varied colors of the rock formations below in their stillness and you can even swim in them if you're brave enough.
Havasu Falls - USA
The green, blue waters of the Havasu falls are sacred to the Native Americans that live on the land and when you see their majesty, it's hard not to see why.
In a remote canyon of Arizona, a state known for its dry, dustiness, these verdant falls feed the land and the community that live around them.
Bengali Sea Cave - Portugal
A naturally formed cave on the Portuguese coast, it has a magnificent view of the ocean and the sky with its holey interior and cavernous nature opening it up to the magnificent surroundings around it.
Painted Forest - Hawaii, USA
Due to a quirk of biology and evolution, the bark on rainbow eucalyptus trees is that different parts of the park shed at different times but this produces a multicolored effect on the trees and so they have a mottled rainbow effect on them.
Drive through Maui's rainforest and you'll find large swathes of the trees that create a glorious vista as they shed.
Grand Prismatic Spring - USA
The largest hot spring in the USA, and third largest in the world, Grand Prismatic spring has mineral-rich water that creates its vibrant blue that contrasts brilliantly with the different soil layers around it.
Situated in amongst the many awe-inspiring sights of Yellowstone National Park, this tops it all with its vivid colors capturing the eye and imagination.
Lake Hillier - Australia
A bubble gum pink lake in Western Australia that sits just meters away from the Southern Ocean, it has an almost cartoonish look to it that scientists still can't fathom the origin of.
The water retains its hue when bottled and it certainly is a striking sight.