There are many amazing things in the small Yap Island but the most surprising is the giant stone money - the famous Rai of Yap.
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There is only one volcano in the world which is erupting carbonatite lava: Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. This is not just another dry fact for nerdy scientists: this volcano is very unusual place without analogues in the world.
Local people have superstitious fear of Patomskiy Crater. This unique natural formation is unusual indeed and up to this time it is not clear how it formed. There are many exotic theories, some involving fallen UFO with nuclear engine. Currently it is considered that this mysterious crater is unique type of volcano.
In the waters of Ikka Fjord in Greenland there is located amazing and, most likely, unique natural landmark - a "forest" of white columns which rise from the bottom of the fjord and almost reach the surface of water. These columns - Ikka column garden - are formed from very rare and unusual mineral - ikaite.
First time when humans launched a nuclear chain reaction was in 1942, in Chicago. But there is one place on Earth where nature itself launched a natural nuclear reactor some 1.8 - 1.7 billion years ago - Oklo Mines in Gabon, Africa.
Earlier people thought that lakes of liquid sulfur are found only in outer space, not on Earth. Since the 2005 - 2006 some are known also on Earth - in deep seas. Most impressive of these sulfur lakes is Daikoku Sulfur Cauldron.
Sometimes humans can help the nature in creation of its wonders and Usterling Growing Rock in Bavaria is one of such cases. Thanks to centuries long effort there has developed a highly unusual formation - natural, up to 5.4 m tall stone wall with stream flowing along its upper rim
Yuval Noah Harari has some questions. Among the biggest: How did Homo sapiens (or Homo sapiens sapiens, if you’re feeling especially wise today) evolve from an unexceptional savannah-dwelling primate to become the dominant force on the planet, emerging as the lone survivor out of six distinct, competing hominid species? He also has some answers, and they’re not what you’d expect...
Since the days of conquistador Hernán Cortés, rumors have circulated about a lost city of immense wealth hidden somewhere in the Honduran interior, called the White City or the Lost City of the Monkey God. Indigenous tribes speak of ancestors who fled there to escape the Spanish invaders, and they warn that anyone who enters this sacred city will fall ill and die...
Map of the described landmarks
This map shows the described landmarks. Red dots are architecture monuments, pink - archaeological, blue - geological and meteorological, green - biological. You may find the large map to be easier to use!
10 most popular landmarks, June 2017
- 1. Solomon Islands: Kakamora Caves - mystery of the dwarf people
- 2. India: Ajanta Caves - rock cut Buddhist caves
- 3. India: Son Bhandar Caves - mysterious rock-cut chambers
- 4. India: Bhimbetka rock shelters - galleries of the most ancient art
- 5. India: Jogimara Cave, Sita Bengra Cave - ancient theatre with paintings
- 6. Russia: Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow
- 7. India: Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple
- 8. Italy: Milan Cathedral
- 9. India: Badami Cave Temples - ancient rock cut temples
- 10. India: Elephanta Caves - seven ancient rock-cut chambers
There are many factors which can make lakes, sea bays or rivers unusual. Some of the most unusual are diverse volcanic crater lakes, lava lakes, lakes in sinkholes, many lakes in deserts and also in... Antarctica.
The mission of Wondermondo is to describe all the unusual places ("wonders") around the world. Each of the 1,500 active volcanoes and also some of the inactive ones are such unusual places. But, as always in life, some are more unusual than others.
The tallest trees of the world are several species of conifers and also eucalypts.
Convincing world record nowadays belongs to coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl.). Many hundreds of these trees surpass the height of the second highest tree species in the world.