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Currently described 483 landmarks.

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Belize: Great Blue Hole

Great Blue Hole, Belize
Great Blue Hole, Belize / Chris Alnatt, www.ambergriscaye.com, public domain

Photographs taken from the air show incredible, nearly perfectly round, deep blue circle in shallow atoll some 70 km east from Belize City. This unique formation is the Great Blue Hole - enormous sinkhole existing here at least for 150,000 years.

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  • Patan Durbar in Nepal is ancient city - a treasure trove of unusual architecture and exquisite art values.
  • Karahunj, Armenia
    Karahunj stone circle, Armenia/ ogannes, , CC BY-SA 2.0
    Some consider that world's oldest astronomical observatory is Karahunj, often called Zorats Karer (Armenia). Most likely it is some 5 thousand years old graveyard.
  • In the least explored swamp of the world - Likouala Swamps is located the mysterious Lake Tele (Republic of the Congo). According to local legends here lives the mysterious mokele-mbembe and other weird creatures.
  • There is only one impact crater on Earth with ejecta rays still visible - Kamil Crater in Egypt.
  • Cross section of Vrtiglavica cave, Slovenia
    Cross section of Vrtiglavica cave with waterfall. Note that the scale is distorted - lower part is "squeezed"./ Gatis Pāvils, basing on measurements of JDD Koper and other speleologists, CC-BY-SA-3.0
    It is possible that the tallest cave waterfall is approximately 400 - 440 m tall waterfall in Vrtiglavica - cave with the world's deepest vertical pitch (Slovenia).
  • Arorae navigational stones (Kiribati) are unique megaliths. These standing stones were erected in the late 19th century and served as a navigational aid for islanders sailing towards other islands.
  • The newest impact crater on Earth is Carancas impact crater in Peru. This 13.5 m wide crater was blasted by 1.6 - 2 m wide meteorite in 2007.
  • La Danta pyramid in El Mirador - one of the largest pyramids in the world, Guatemala
    La Danta pyramid in El Mirador / Dennis Jarvis, / CC BY-SA 2.0
    One of the largest prehistoric structures in the world is La Danta pyramid in El Mirador, Guatemala. This Mayan pyramid is 72 m tall and its volume exceeds the volume of the largest pyramids in Egypt.
  • The tallest waterfall in France is Grande Cascade de Gavarnie – Gavarnie Falls. This 422 m tall waterfall forms a magnificent backdrop of Cirque de Gavarnie – the most dramatic landscape in Pyrenees.

Map of the described landmarks

This map shows only the "Rank 1" and "Rank 2" monuments. Red dots are architecture monuments, pink - archaeological, blue - geological and meteorological, green - biological. All landmarks are visible on this map!

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Largest sinkholes of the world

Xiaozhai tiankeng, China
World's deepest sinkhole - Xiaozhai tiankeng, with tourist route visible / Brookqi, Wikimedia Commons, public domain

List includes naturally formed sinkholes known to Wondermondo which are well pronounced (f.e. NOT included gently sloping valleys e.g. mega-dolines) and at least 150 m deep.

October 17, 2014

Countries, territories

Tunisia

Mides Gorge and fortifications, Tunisia
Mides Gorge and fortifications / McKay Savage, , CC BY 2.0

Although Tunisia is smaller than its neighbouring countries, it has a great history, country is very rich with archaeological landmarks. Highlights of Tunisia are:

  • Ruins of Punic, Roman and Byzantine cities. First cities in the present-day Tunisia started to develop almost 3000 years ago and one of them - Ancient Carthage was among the largest metropolises in the ancient world.
  • Medieval cities and towns. Tunisia has some of the best preserved and interesting medieval cities in Arab world, such as the old cities (medinas) of Tunis, Sfax and Sousse.

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Places with cryptozoological phenomena

Mysterious Lake Tele, Republic of the Congo
Mysterious Lake Tele in the middle of impenetrable forest, Congo / Photo courtesy of Tom Klaytor, CC BY 2.0

Cryptozoology is very exciting pseudoscience - a discipline which stands between true science and folklore.

It deals with legendary animals which seem to exist but their existence has not been proved.

Wondermondo provides a unique list of some 50 cryptids which are linked to certain place and observed repeatedly over a longer time period.

Giant snake in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Giant snake in Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This unknown snake is 14 - 16 m long, longer than any known snake in Africa / Image taken by Rene van Lierde from helicopter in 1959.