Paro Taktsang Buddhist monastery, Bhutan
Paro Taktsang Buddhist monastery / Avinash Singh, / CC BY 2.0

Weird places

Paro Taktsang, Bhutan

18 May 2013

Paro Taktsang is one of the holiest places not only in Bhutan but in whole Himalaya. This amazing monastery is entwined with legends... or may be these miracles happened in reality?

7 Most Recent Landmarks

Currently described 570 landmarks
  • Crater of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania

    Ol Doinyo Lengai, Tanzania

    July 17, 2017

    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.

  • Patomskiy Crater, Russia

    Patomskiy Crater, Russia

    June 22, 2017

    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.

  • Ikaite columns in Ikka Fjord, Greenland

    Ikaite tufa columns in Ikka Fjord, Greenland

    June 15, 2017

    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.

  • Flooded Oklo Mines, Gabon

    Oklo Mines, Gabon

    June 4, 2017

    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.

  • Daikoku Sulphur Cauldron, Northern Marianas

    Daikoku Sulfur Cauldron, Northern Mariana Islands

    May 7, 2017

    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.

  • Usterling Growing Rock, Germany

    Usterling Growing Rock, Germany

    May 2, 2017

    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

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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!

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Entrance in Gorham's Cave, Gibraltar

Early human finds

August 6, 2017

In this category have been included most important and unusual places where have been found remains and other traces of activities by early humans (several species of them!) and other hominins.

Jellyfish Lake, Palau
Eerie reality in Jellyfish Lake / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Lakes, bays and streams

April 6, 2017

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.

Mount Cleveland, Alaska

Volcanoes

January 24, 2017

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.