A trip around the world to visit the strangest natural wonders should be on anyone’s bucket list. Even the nicest vacation spots can’t outshine some of the weirdest things that Nature has created.
For billions of years nature has shaped and formed the outer layers of our planet, and created the most curious natural achievements. Bubbling mud volcanoes, glimmering crystal caves, weird rock formations, strangely behaving waters, and landscapes… These natural wonders just simply take your breath away… Nature’s artwork knows no limits.
Stromboli volcano, Italy
Right off the north coast of Sicily, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is a small island. Its name is Stromboli and it contains one of the three volcanoes in Italy.
What makes this volcano one of Earth’s strangest natural wonders is that it has been in almost continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years. Its 3 craters on the peak typically give out a few short, mild, but energetic bursts, ranging up to a few hundred meters in height. The “volcanic bombs” come in intervals ranging from minutes to hours and contain ash, incandescent lava fragments and stone blocks.
Mt. Stromboli’s minor eruptions are often visible from many points on the island and from the surrounding sea, thus giving it the name “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”.
Unpredictable natural wonders
There are 700 mysterious gurgling natural wonders on our planet. 300 of them alone are located in Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea. The mud volcanoes are highly unpredictable as they can shoot pressurized gas without warning. When they erupt they often trigger a jet of fire. The above video is filmed in Romania.
Another one of Earth’s strangest natural wonders can be found in Italy
One of the most interesting rock formations has the shape of an elephant. Its location is in the beautiful coastal town of Castelsardo in Sardinia, Italy.
Roccia dell’Elefante, or Elephant Rock was originally a part of the rocky complex of Monte Casteddazzu and is comprised of trachyte. One day a large mass broke off and rolled down the valley along the road. Then with time and erosion, the rock began to take on the shape of an elephant. Elephant Rock is also known as Sa Pedra Pertunta, the perforated rock, due to its openings and holes.
Split Apple rock
This amazing rock formation is in Tasman Bay off the northern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The rock is made of granite and in the shape of an apple cut in half. The shape and “cut” was a natural occurrence, but nobody knows when it happened. Which is leading to many mythical explanations.
Since August 2014 the official name of this rock is Tokangawhā / Split Apple Rock. Take a look at nature’s cute little animals from all over the world
The bleeding Earth
This mysterious blood-red waterfall in Taylor Glacier, Antarctica, looks straight out of a horror setting. Is the Earth bleeding? No, it is actually because of the rich iron content in the lake. As the iron comes into contact with oxygen it turns the waterfall into a rusty red color. Thus the appearance of blood coming out of the earth.
The magical and unreal Hornocal mountain range
This mountain range can best be described as Mother Nature’s Pastel painting.
Located in Argentina near the Bolivian border, the Hornocal Mountain Range consists of limestone. The formation process, which took millions of years, created this colorful strata formation.
Lake Hillier, Australia is a saline lake just off the south coast of Western Australia. It is famous for its unusual pink bubble-gum color.
Scientists believe the high salinity combined with the presence of an algae that loves salt is the reason for this unusual color. Take a look.
Algae are also responsible for turning oceans and beaches into seas of stars. Just think, beaches and patches of the ocean lit up in neon lights.
Whenever you are able to witness mass bio luminescence near the surface of the ocean it is caused by phytoplankton blooms. Since Nature is unpredictable, nobody can predict exactly when they will wash up on beaches. But, there are certain areas around the world where those events are most likely to occur.
One of them is in the Maldives. There you can find Vaadhoo Island. The island is located in the Indian Ocean and its beach glows in the dark often enough that many people nicknamed it as the “sea of stars”.
Natural wonders take you into the magical realm
Shilin Stone Forest in China looks like something out of a mythical story.
The limestone rocks seem to grow straight out of the ground and are believed to be more than 270 million years old. Reminiscent of stalagmites and some of petrified trees give it the illusion of a forest made of stone.
Next up see relaxing thermal baths, beautiful natural cathedrals, the shelter of the gods and Thor’s well. Further down you’ll find turquoise ice and waters in the strangest colors. And if you like to see more of Nature take a look at Nature’s scary side of life and death
Saturnia’s thermal baths
Legend has it that Saturn grew tired of the constant wars of humans. Thus he sent a thunderbolt to Earth that created a magic spring of warm sulphurous water which would pacify mankind. To view nature’s strangest events click here, because any of it can happen anytime and anywhere.
Saturnia is a small town in Tuscany, Italy and its thermal baths are made of several springs. Sulphurous water at 37 °C gushes over a waterfall and down into a cascade of natural pools, formed by the deposition of calcareous rock from evaporation of the water.
The Marble Cathedral in Patagonia, Chile
The Marble Cave, located in General Carrera lake, has got to be the most beautiful cave system in the world.
The marbleized effect of the water-filled caverns came to be through six thousand years of wave erosion. Glacial silt ground very fine makes the water clear and blue, which reflects off the walls. This turns it into quite a light show and certainly worth the trip to see. You might also like to read Rare genetic mutations that can be found in nature
Ásbyrgi Canyon – Shelter of the Gods in Iceland
According to legend, Odin’s eight-legged horse horse Sleipnir touched the Earth at this spot with one of his hoofs. Therefore creating the canyon in the shape of a horse shoe.
The scientific explanation is rather boring in comparison. Ásbyrgi was formed by two catastrophic glacial flooding of the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum after the last Ice Age. The first 8-10,000 years ago, and then again some 3,000 years ago.
Ásbyrgi Canyon is part of the Vatnajökull National Park and measures approximately 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across.
Thor’s well is located in Florence, Oregon, USA. It is a huge hole on the edge of the Oregon coast that seems to continuously swallow huge amounts of seawater around it. During high tide the sight gets really spectacular with waves reaching a height of 20 feet and more.
The Pearl of Siberia – the turquoise ice of lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal in Siberia is the largest freshwater lake on Earth. It contains about 20% of all freshwater found on this planet and with an age of about 25 million it is also the oldest lake in the world.
The lake is home to more than two thousand varieties of flora and fauna, and has some of the clearest water one can find on Earth. During the cold winter months large shards of transparent ice form on the lake and give it that nice turquoise color.
Liquid Rainbow – Caño Cristales
Of all Earth’s strangest natural wonders the Caño Cristales definitely needs to go on anybody’s bucket list. Because of its striking colors the river is referred to as the most beautiful river in the world. Which gives it the more common names “Liquid Rainbow” and “River of Five Colors.
The Colombian river in the Serrania de la Macarena is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and red during the end of July through November of each year. Especially the red color sticks out, because of abundant of Macarenia clavigera (Podostemaceae) on the bottom of the river.
The river has many rapids, waterfalls and “giant’s kettles”. These kettles are small circular pits in the river bed created by pebbles and larger rocks. When the chunks of rocks fall into one of the pits the current swirls and rotates them along the cavity’s wall. Thus carving out more of the walls and increasing the size of the pits.
This river certainly is the most beautiful of Earth’s strangest natural wonders. You can see it in this video