Sunday, March 6, 2011

7 Amazing Places That Look Out of This World

The Stone Wave

The Wave is located on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona border. The area is a gallery of gruesomely twisted sandstone, resembling deformed pillars, cones, mushrooms and other odd creations. Deposits of iron claim some of the responsibility for the unique blending of color twisted in the rock, creating a dramatic rainbow of pastel yellows, pinks and reds.
The Wave is made of Jurassic-age Navajo Sandstone that is approximately 190 million years old. Scientists who study The Wave say that the old sand dunes turned into hard compacted rock over the ages, calcifying in vertical and horizontal layers Erosion by wind and rain has created the spectacularlandscape which appears now.

Horsetail Fall

Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite 
National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. There are a few days every February where this fall is lit up by the setting sun and reflects a bright orange.

Caño Cristales – The Five Colors River

The National Natural Park, in the south end of the department of Meta, Colombia, has an area of 650.000 square kilometres where they will be able to see fascinating waterfalls of all the sizes, mighty rivers, cachiveras, streams and natural meadows.
The river has this pigmentation because the stones are covered with the moss and the algae. 
Yellow, blue, green, black and red, they are his five colors, which explain for the presence of algae of different colors.
The red color owes to a plant named Macarenia clavigera.
When the level of the water goes to the ideal point, the moss and the algae bloom with the brilliant colors.
A unique biological wonder Caño Cristales is one of those places you have to see to believe. 

The Salt Pans at Maras

Forty kilometers from 
Cuzco, in the Cuzco Region of Peru, is the town of Maras, found in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Since pre-Inca times, salt has been obtained in Maras by evaporating salty water (provided by a nearby subterranean stream) in the sun, leaving the salt behind.
In the mines there are thousands of salt-pools; when light is reflected there the effect is said to be quite stunning.

Socotra Island

Isolated from continental land masses for 18 million years, Yemen’s Socotra Island 
showcases an alien-like landscape with unusual plants and animals, such as the blood dragon tree, and desert rose. The island is an absolutely imaginary place with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, found nowhere else on Earth. Its high degree of biodiversity has earned it the name the “Galápagos of the Indian Ocean.”.

Antarctica Dry Valley

The McMurdo Dry Valleys are a row of valleys in Antarctica located within Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound and get virtually no snowfall or moisture of any kind. On a continent of ice these places are bare. On a restless
planet they are still. More like Mars than Earth, Antarctica’s Dry Valleys draw scientists to study primitive life-forms and to look through the window that this changeless landscape opens into the depths of time.

The Lava Lake of Erta Ale Volcano in Ethiopia

Erta Ale is an active shield volcano located in the Afar Region of northeastern
Ethiopia. It is the most active volcano in Ethiopia. Erta Ale stands 613 metres tall, with a lava lake, one of only four in the world-Erta Ale means “smoking mountain” in the local Afar language and its southernmost pit is known locally as “the gateway to hell”.

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