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
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
It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.
In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end...
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, July 2017
- 1. Solomon Islands: Kakamora Caves - mystery of the dwarf people
- 2. India: Ajanta Caves - rock cut Buddhist caves
- 3. Slovenia: Vrtiglavica cave and waterfall
- 4. Bahamas: Black Hole of Andros
- 5. India: Son Bhandar Caves - mysterious rock-cut chambers
- 6. India: Bhimbetka rock shelters - galleries of the most ancient art
- 7. India: Jogimara Cave, Sita Bengra Cave - ancient theatre with paintings
- 8. India: Badami Cave Temples - ancient rock cut temples
- 9. India: Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple
- 10. United States: Hyperion - the tallest tree in the world
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.
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.