Found these on the internet and decided to post them here so our fellow Miscers can appreciate this beauty.
Socotra Island (Indian Ocean)
This Island has some of the most intriguing and beautiful landscapes on earth, this is part of agroup of 4 islands that has been isolated from mainland Africa for at least 6-7 million years, it boasts at least 700very rare species of flora and fauna a full 1/3 of which is considered endemic. Some of the tree’s and plants here have been preserved due to its isolated location and a few are even 200 million years old.
Rio Tinto (Spain)
The giant opencast mines of Rio Tinto create a surreal, almost lunar landscape. Its growth has consumed not only mountains and valleys but even entire villages, whose populations had to be resettled in specially built towns nearby. Named after the river which flows through the region-itself named for the reddish streaks that color its water-Rio Tinto has become a landscape within a landscape. The river red water is highly acidic and rich in heavy metals.
The Stone Forest (China)
The Chinese stone forst or the shilin, has been known as the ‘first wonder of the world’ since the ming dynasty. The rocks are limestone and were formed by water percolating the grounds surface and eroding the limestone away to leave just the pillars.
The Richat Structure (Mauritania)
A simply devine landscape on the southwestern part of the sahara desert, this landform, has a huge diameter of 30 miles and is visable from space. Origionally thought to be caused by a merteor impact it is now thought that it is caused byuplift and erosion, however, the cause its curcular shape is unknown
The spotted lake – Canada
Looks like some pokadotted madness , but this lake was formed by the high contrast of salt and other minerals, thus creating many different pools of water rather than 1 body of water.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Located in the ‘bay of plenty’ region of the north island of new Zealand, the city is well renowned for its rotton eggs smell – this is caused due to the high volcanic activity which releases sulphar. Geysers and bubbling mud-pools, hot thermal springs and the Buried Village (Te Wairoa) – are within easy reach of the city.This thermal activity owes itself to the Rotorua caldera on which the city lies. Waters of ivid colors, from yellow to orange to green
Kauai is the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands, it is the fourth largest of the main islands. Seaside lava ledges make for otherworldly experiences on this often-overlooked Hawaiian island
Mount Roraima (Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana)
It is a tabletop mountain with sheer 400-metre high cliffs on all sides. There is only one ‘easy’ way up, on a natural staircase-like ramp on the Venezuelan side – to get up any other way takes and experienced rock climber. On the top of the mountain it rains almost every day, washing away most of the nutrients for plants to grow and creating a unique landscape on the bare sandstone surface.