Monday, December 16, 2013

Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

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Vaadhoo Island, Maldives. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

Take a look at these unique places around the world! The nature comes up with many surprises, but these are indeed exceptional. Which one of these wonders would you like to see?

1. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand.
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand, known for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa. This species is found exclusively in New Zealand. They are around the size of an average mosquito. This cave is part of the Waitomo Caves system that includes the Ruakuri Cave and the Aranui Cave.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves, North Island, New Zealand. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

2. Lake Hillier, Australia.
Lake Hillier, is a lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. The most notable feature of this lake is its pink colour. It is such a significant distinguishing feature of the archipelago that air passengers often take note of it. The colour is permanent, and does not alter when the water is taken in a container. The length of the lake is about six hundred metres (3/8 mile). The lake is surrounded by a rim of sand and a dense woodland of paperbark and eucalyptus trees with a narrow strip of sand dunes covered by vegetation separating it to the north from the Southern Ocean.

Lake Hillier, Australia. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

3. Marble Caves, Carerra Lake, Argentina and Chile.
Marble Caves are the most famous attraction of Patagonia (Chile). This Caves attract a lot of tourists from the different corners of the globe. The labyrinths created in marble nature impress the senses. Illuminated by a sunlight penetrating some places, carved marble arches are a truly unforgettable sight. The glare of the reflected light in the clear blue water, creating an incredible visual effects, so the cave always looks different.

Marble Caves, Carerra Lake, Argentina and Chile. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

4. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand.
Champagne Pool is a prominent geothermal feature within the Waiotapu geothermal area in the North Island of New Zealand. The terrestrial hot spring is located about 30 km southeast of Rotorua and about 50 km northeast of Taupo. The name Champagne Pool is derived from the abundant efflux of carbon dioxide (CO2), similar to a glass of bubbling champagne. The hot spring was formed 900 years ago by a hydrothermal eruption, which makes it in geological terms a relatively young system. Its crater is around 65 m in diameter with a maximum depth of approximately 62 m and is filled with an estimated volume of 50,000 m3 of geothermal fluid.

Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

5. Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA.
Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool that was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed due to massive erosion thousands of years ago. The pool is located about 23 miles west of Austin, Texas off Highway 71. Since the 1960s, Hamilton Pool has been a popular summer swimming spot for Austin visitors and residents. Hamilton Pool Preserve consists of 232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring a jade green pool into which a 50-foot waterfall flows. The pool is surrounded by large slabs of limestone that rest by the water's edge; large stalactites grow from the ceiling high above.

Hamilton Pool, Texas, USA. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

6. Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.
Phytoplankton – the marine microbes – create and amazing effect by emanating the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.

Vaadhoo Island, Maldives. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

7. One’uli Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA.
The island of Maui is the second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands at 727.2 square miles and is the 17th largest island in the United States. Maui is part of the State of Hawaiʻi and is the largest of Maui County's four islands, bigger than Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, and unpopulated Kahoʻolawe. In 2010, Maui had a population of 144,444, third-highest of the Hawaiian Islands, behind that of Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island. Kahului is the largest census-designated place on the island with a population of 26,337 as of 2010 and is the commercial and financial hub of the island.

One’uli Beach, Maui, Hawaii, USA. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

8. Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil.
The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park is located in Maranhão state, in northeastern Brazil, just east of the Baía de São José, between 02º19’—02º45’ S and 42º44’—43º29’ W. It is an area of low, flat, occasionally flooded land, overlaid with large, discrete sand dunes. It encompasses roughly 1500 square kilometers, and despite abundant rain, supports almost no vegetation. The park was created on June 2, 1981. It was featured in the Brazilian film The House of Sand. Kadhal Anukkal, a song from an Indian film Endhiran starred by Rajnikanth was also shot here.

Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

9. Red Seabeach, Panjin, China.
Red seabeach, located in Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China, is famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Chenopodiaceae, Suaeda salsa.It is based in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world. The landscape is composed of shallow seas and tide-lands.

Red Seabeach, Panjin, China. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

10. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia.
Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers. 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 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. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally rich in lithium. It contains 50 to 70% of the world's lithium reserves, which is in the process of being extracted.

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia. - Top 10 Unusual Natural Wonders

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