Most Unusual Places on Earth:-
|Thu, May 23 2013 03:42am BST 1|
We’re lucky enough to live on a planet where there are so many extremes that it can make one’s head spin. From the Arctic Tundra to the plains of Africa, the world is truly a diverse place. Amongst more common parts of the world lay places that are quite unusual, and are considered by many to be mysterious and ethereal. That said, here are 10 unusual places on Earth.
1. The Door to
Discovered initially by exploring geologists, the Door to Hell was a large cavern full of poisonous natural gas that collapsed into a crater under the weight of the scientists’ equipment. Hoping to burn off the excess gas underground, they set it alight — and it’s been burning ever since.
2. Arizona Meteor
It is also known as the Barringer Crater, named after Daniel Barringer, who first suggested that it might have been caused by a large impact. As one of the best preserved craters of its kind, it’s been designated a National Natural Landmark.
3. Rotorua, New
Rotorua is known for it’s distinct smell of sulfur. Lake Rotorua is the North Island’s second largest lake, and was formed when the gigantic magma chamber of a volcano collapsed into what is known as a caldera, which later filled with water.
4. Don Juan
Its extreme conditions make it a subject of great interest to scientists, who hope to learn how to detect similar brine pools on Mars through research at Don Juan.
5. Great Dune of
Like all sand dunes, it is also moving — up to 3 or 4 meters a year, according to the French authorities. The sand is moving inland remorselessly, and it swallows up trees, roads, and even houses as it does so.
With some of the most incredible waterfalls in the world, Mount Roraima is an incredible formation of land and an inspiration for such stories as “The Lost World” by Arthur Conan Doyle, and even appeared in films such as ‘Up’, by Pixar.
The plateau itself is composed of rock formations more than 2 billion years old, making it one of the oldest mountains in the world.
7. Roswell, New
It shot to fame in 1947 when a UFO allegedly crash-landed nearby — and although the US government maintains it was nothing more than an experimental high-altitude balloon, Roswell has been synonymous with aliens ever since and a favourite topic for conspiracy theorists.
The same aurora effect also happens in the southern hemisphere, but it’s called the Aurora Australis. Both effects are caused by ionized nitrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere.
The triangle itself is said to cover the area between Miami, Puerto Rico, and the island of Bermuda in the mid-Atlantic, and it’s actually one of the most busy shipping lanes in the world.
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