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So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.

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So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.

There are so many strange parts of this world that you won’t see in your daily life (and there is a chance you will never see in person). It’s an odd thing to think about. For example, there’s a small archipelago of four islands located in the Indian Ocean that look so strange, it’s hard to believe they are real.

It’s called Socotra and it’s located near Yemen. What makes Socotra different from other islands is the way it was created and isolated. Because of that, it has evolved to look like an alien land.

The main island, named Socotra Island, is a perfect example of just how strange this place is.


The Socotra archipelago is very isolated.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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A third of the plant life found on Socotra Island isn’t found anywhere else in the world.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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This includes the famous dragon’s blood tree (Dracaena cinnabari).
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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Socotra is one of the most-isolated landforms on Earth of continental origin (i.e., it wasn’t formed by a volcano).
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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The main island has three geographical terrains: the narrow coastal plains, a limestone plateau permeated with karstic caves, and the Haghier Mountains.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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Socotra’s climate is a mix between a tropical desert and a semi-desert climate.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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For being such a small, isolated place, there are endless amazing things to see.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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The biodiversity you can view here is astounding.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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The current Socotra fauna is being threatened by climate change and new species that were introduced to the area.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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Alien-looking trees, like the ones seen above, are actually in danger of disappearing. Cucumber, aloe, pomegranate, dragon’s blood and other trees are strange but delicate.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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Socotra used to be filled with wetlands and streams.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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Now, the island is covered in sand.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

Socotra is one of those special places in the world that look like nothing else.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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Unfortunately, traveling to Yemen is difficult, especially for Americas in the current global social climate.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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It’s a shame, though.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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This island is truly a gem.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

If you suddenly woke up on Socotra, you may think you are on an alien planet.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

Mother Nature can really leave you speechless.
So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
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So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_

So There’s An Island You’ve Probably Never Heard Of… And It Looks Like Aliens Should Live There.
Photo: Greeky_


Even if you never see Socotra yourself, it’s so cool to know that a place like this exists somewhere in the world. It looks like it belongs in a movie or video game.

If you ever happen to be traveling through Yemen, stop at Socotra and take some pictures, because you’ll never see anything like this again. Share this amazing island with others.

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