It is possible that entrails of the Earth hide more caves like this - but up to this day Cave of the Crystals is unique. The chamber of this improbable cave is adorned with phantasmagoric crystals of incredible size - it looks like a surreal fantastic movie about other planets but it is real and here - on Earth!
5 Most Recent Landmarks
Currently described 561 landmarks
One of the most unusual volcanoes on the world is Kawah Ijen. It contains the largest lake of acid in the world but especially impressive are the eerie blue flames around the solfataras in the crater - an unforgettable sight in the night.
Northernmost cathedral in British Isles is St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. This is one of the best examples of Norman architecture, a great example of high quality construction in these times.
Among the many wonders in the valley of South Nahanni the most magnificent are the grandiose Virginia Falls. This is one of the most powerful waterfalls on Earth.
The race to find the tallest tropical trees is on and one after another we learn about new discoveries. In November 2016 there was reported new record - in Danum Valley, Sabah was found 94.1 m tall tree. This is the tallest known tree in tropics thus far.
Giant sequoias by far are the largest trees of the world by wood volume. These trees are very tall and the tallest known specimen grows in the Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is 95.8 m tall.
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, January 2017
- 1. India: Lonad Caves - rock cut Buddhist temples
- 2. India: Ajanta Caves
- 3. India: Jogimara Cave, Sita Bengra Cave - ancient theatre with paintings
- 4. Russia: Saint Basil’s Cathedral
- 5. India: Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple
- 6. Solomon Islands: Kakamora Caves - mystery of the dwarf people
- 7. India: Son Bhandar Caves - mysterious rock-cut chambers
- 8. United States: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
- 9. India: Bhimbetka rock shelters - galleries of the most ancient art
- 10. Egypt: Great Sphinx of Giza
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.
After 6 years of hefty work Wondermondo has identified 60 most interesting and impressive landmarks!