Will cease it, ever, Nature to surprise us with its wonders? Probably not, since he had almost five billion years to embody the unique splendor and still has not stopped the process. Natural Wonders of the Earth are almost endless, but we will, this time, on each single geological magnificence of each of the seven continents of the planet.
Show arches, Utah, USA, North America
Arches National Park is located near the town of Moab, Utah, in the western United States. The place is recognized nationally and internationally, especially in the region called the Devil’s Garden, thanks to a large number of stone and sandstone arches, formed by erosion. Some of these arches disappear through erosion to subsidence, but always some new form to take their place.
The number of known and visited arcade is estimated between 900 and 2,000, and the highest is up to 88 meters in the dry air of the desert of Utah. The park occupies an area of 309 km ², the region being declared a “natural monument” in 1929 and “National Park” in 1971. SPOON gradually and steadily drifting sand and rare desert storm, over thousands and tens for thousands of years, are a testament arches, walls and shifting in her steadfastness, the size of Earth’s geological in full motion.
Salt Desert, Bolivia, South America
When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans on the Moon Passing on July 20, 1969, one of the first sights that their eyes have met the following to Earth, Salar De Uyuni was kid. As the Earth rotated, the two were probably captivated by a piece of white stretched along the lower part of South America, which he initially thought a glacier. It was actually the Bolivian Salar de Uyuni desert, little known, but spread over an area of approximately 8,000 square kilometers covered with cacti, rainwater lagoons and especially ten billion tons of salt. Since then, the field of salt remained a largely forgotten corner, of one of the most remote and inaccessible plateaus of the world; a destination for hikers wandering the Chilean border, located far from the Bolivian capital, La Paz.
It is a unique view, surreal, an empty white field is intainde unbounded. During the rainy season, an impressive optical illusion occurs when water that forms on the surface of salt reflects the sky like a mirror. Nobody lives in the heart of the desert. First, there is vegetation and salt poisoning every drop of water from the surface. Over the plateau there was no sign of industry or development, only sporadic strings outwards brown huts whose poor indigenous families sheltering small room with sunburned skin, living here for generations. However, at the edge of the plateau of salt, Bolivian government give slowness as a factory. It is a mine whose objective consists in extracting the precious liquid in salt crust. When first removed from the soil, the liquid looks like mud. But after being left in the desert sun, the water evaporates, leaving a yellowish mineral bath, which can be easily confused with wholesale olive oil: this is lithium, the lightest of all metals on Earth and hidden power behind our new tech lives.
Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania, Africa
Known as the structure Rich, this bizarre formation circular-like an eyeball, the lands west of the Sahara, was widely unknown until astronauts orbiting the planet have not thoroughly investigated what appeared to be a huge eyes that watched them on Earth. Considered at first a meteorite crater, formation with a diameter of 50 kilometers could not be anything but a rocky outcrop produced by erosion or volcanic dome, a geological artifact Maur Adrar Desert in the middle.
Newest space missions use it as a landmark, adventurer enthusiasts SUVs consider it “place to play” and researchers still debate on the origins of his. A meteor impact theory does not explain the flattening of the floor “crater” so widely accepted explanation remains erosion, which would be “peeled” gradual layers of rock, creating the current shape similar to that of the interior of an onion. In totally surprisingly, there is even a kind of complex, a hotel in the middle of Structure Richie. Nothing luxurious, but adequate tourists and travelers unfussy reaching the western Sahara desert.
Gateway to Hell, Namaskaro, Iceland, Europe
Iceland geographical miracles abound in immense. Namaskaro Pass, located north of Lake Myvatn, with the hot thermal water of the country, is one of them. Crossing Mount Námafjall, at an altitude of 410 meters, it houses a huge transient crater populated by steam springs vierbinti called Hverarond or Hverir. Here you can admire a number of furnaces volcanic smoke, “pools” of mud volcanoes noroisi all seemed to boil with endless energy. Namaskaro gained notoriety mainly because sulphurous mud springs called Solfatara, and steam springs called furnaces.
Although it is hard to find a spring of pure water, drinking in this beautiful Icelandic geothermal site, beauty and color of minerals defies comparison. Gigantic size shock mud craters and parking, accommodation and meals can be found in the decorations of nearby Grytubakki. Another detail that impresses Namaskaro is total lack of vegetation. It is a logical feature of the place, but impressive. Constant emission of smoke and sulfur made sterile and acid soil here, inappropriate maintenance of any form of flora and fauna. Not be neglected any potential harmful effects of these substances on humans. It is recommended even protect the face and nose with a mask or a scarf and attention walking. Ironically, if we think the name “cool” Iceland is one of the most active countries in terms volcanic. One of the strongest and first volcanic events in history modenra, the 1783 eruption of the Laki volcanic system caused the death by starvation of up to 25% of Iceland’s population and led to the loss of most of the wildlife the country.
Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, China, Asia
Has existed for over 180 million years old and was discovered after more than 1,000 years. Located five kilometers northwest of the city of Guilin, Reed Flute Cave or Nature Art Palace is a bright and colorful cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the green reed which grows at the entrance, where people used to made flutes and whistles. Inside the caves eroded by water reveals the spectacular world of huge varieties of stalactites, limestone pillars and rock formations created by storing salt of carbonic acid.
Artificial colored light-flooded, reopened geological wonders public visits in 1962, offers its fantastic performance in many variations over the 240 meters that he through the underground. Visiting the cave takes about an hour. And, according to Chinese custom, each format there is a legend or poetic name such as Crystal Palace, Dragon Pagoda, Virgin Forest, Flower and Fruit Mountain. The story behind each name is always a fascinating one. Crystal Palace of the Dragon King is one of the large rooms of the cave, which can support up to 1,000 people and has been used as a shelter against air raids during the Second World War. The interior walls are about 70 inscriptions engraved which is said to be travel stories and poems of the Tang Dynasty, who turned in time to cave into a place of pilgrimage. It was built especially around the cave, a park with pavilions stylish helesteuri and bridges, plants and gardens.
Jewels Devil, Australia
In the genesis of Australian Aborigines, Rainbow Serpent shaped the Earth and then retired to a point in the eastern Kimberleys region where rainbow intertwine with the ground, and he lay eggs. These were fossilized and became what the natives call Karlukarlu and the rest of humanity knows as the Devil Jewels. Because of this legend, the Devil Jewels Reserve has spiritual significance and is a sacred site for the indigenous people.
Specifically, the name designates a collection of huge rocks, rounded and reddish tint, located in Tennant Creek region of the Northern Territory of Australia. It is made of granite rocks of volcanic origin, eroded over time in the form and faction is today. Wind, water, temperature and sunlight, all conspire to erosion and occasionally even split massive ovoid underlying individually or in groups over the huge stones vai.Unele diameters up to seven meters and all are older than about 1.7 billion years. Devil Jewel Reserve covers an area of 1,828 hectares.
Turnurile de gheata de pe Muntele Erebus, Antarctica
Sute de turnuri din gheata stau semete pe varfurile de pana la 3810 m altitudine ale Muntelui Erebus, din Antarctica. Vulcanul permanent activ este poate singurul loc al continentului inghetat unde focul si gheata se intalnesc, se amesteca si creeaza ceva unic, care mosteneste din trasaturile ambilor parinti. Turnurile pot fi inalte de pana la 20 de metri si par aproape vii atunci cand pufaie valuri de aburi si fum spre cerul Polului Sud.
Part of Inge volcanic steam on the inside of furnaces, rising them and increasing them. If the Antarctic ice towers seem detached from this world, well, the comparison is very hit because similar structures exist on the moons of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Of course, those were not penguins or something like them to survive while attending fantastic show.