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Monday, December 9, 2013

Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

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Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

These bizarre locations may seem like a series of elaborate movie sets, but they are real destinations that you might want to see for yourself.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, U.S.
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world, after Frying Pan Lake in New Zealand and Boiling Lake in Dominica. It is located in the Midway Geyser Basin.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, U.S. - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Travertines, Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, 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.

Travertines, Pamukkale, Turkey - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

The Wave, Arizona, U.S.
The Wave is a sandstone rock formation located in the United States of America near the Arizona-Utah border, on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, on the Colorado Plateau. It is famous among hikers and photographers for its colorful, undulating forms, and the rugged, trackless hike required to reach it.

The Wave, Arizona, U.S. - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Red beach, Panjin, China
Panjin is a prefecture-level city and a major oil production centre of Liaoning province, People's Republic of China, and is situated on the northern coast of Liaodong Bay of the Bohai Gulf. It borders Anshan to the northeast and east, Yingkou across the Liao River, as well as Jinzhou to the west and northwest. The city has an administrative area of 4,071 square kilometres (1,572 sq mi), in which 1.28 million people reside.

Red beach, Panjin, China - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in the Potosí and Oruro departments in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes and is at an elevation of 3,656 meters (11,995 ft) above mean sea level. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average altitude variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Dragon's blood trees, Socotra, Yemen
The Dragon's Blood tree is one of Socotra's iconic natural features. These trees grows in droves high up on Diskum plateau in the center of the island, each one a mathematical object, with bifurcating branches obeying obscure yet graceful laws of mathematics.

Dragon's blood trees, Socotra, Yemen - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia. The name "Sossusvlei" is often used in an extended meaning to refer to the surrounding area, which is one of the major visitor attractions of Namibia.

Sossusvlei, Namibia - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Rice terraces, Bali, Indonesia
Rice terraces, Bali, Indonesia- Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth


Cappadocia, Anatolia, Turkey
Cappadocia is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevşehir Province, in Turkey. In the time of Herodotus, the Cappadocians were reported as occupying the whole region from Mount Taurus to the vicinity of the Euxine (Black Sea). Cappadocia, in this sense, was bounded in the south by the chain of the Taurus Mountains that separate it from Cilicia, to the east by the upper Euphrates and the Armenian Highland, to the north by Pontus, and to the west by Lycaonia and eastern Galatia.

Cappadocia, Anatolia, Turkey - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

"Door to Hell," Derweze, Turkmenistan
The Door to Hell is a natural gas field in Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan. The Door to Hell is noted for its natural gas fire which has been burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet petrochemical scientists in 1971, fed by the rich natural gas deposits in the area. The pungent smell of burning sulfur pervades the area for some distance.


Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a National Nature Reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland.

Giant's Causeway, Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K. - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan
Covering an area of 190 hectares, the park features blooming flowers around the year. The park has become known for its baby blue-eyes flowers, with the blooming of 4.5 million of the translucent-petaled blue flowers in the spring drawing tourists. In addition to the annual "Nemophila Harmony", the park features a million daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and many other flowers. The park includes cycling trails and a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel.

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Giant Buddha, Leshan, China
The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest stone Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world.

Giant Buddha, Leshan, China - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
Klevan is an urban-type settlement in the Rivne Raion (district) of Rivne Oblast (province) in western Ukraine. Its population is 7,470 as of the 2001 Ukrainian Census. Klevan is accessed via the T1817 and H22 roads, and is located 28.3 km northwest of Rivne and 50.4 kilometres southeast of Lutsk along the H22. Klevan lies on the Stubla River.

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, U.S.
Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, U.S. - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

Odle Mountains, Italy
Nestling in the north-west of the Dolomites, the nature park covers an area of 10,196 hectares. The protect area includes the 7 municipalities of Badia, Corvara, Funes, S. Martino in Badia, Ortisei, S. Cristina and Selva di Gardena and has a lot to offer.

Odle Mountains, Italy - Too Beautiful To Be Real? 16 Surreal Landscapes Found On Earth

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