You may think that you know all about the greatest natural landmarks of our planet... But have you heard about Airdevronsix icefall - 5 km wide and 400 m tall icefall?
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Currently described 564 landmarks
McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica are rich with very unusual landmarks - almost everything in this extreme environment is unique. Lake Bonney - one of the few liquid lakes in Antarctica - is one of such unusual landmarks. Nowhere else on Earth there is known a natural place where the "laughing gas" - nitrous oxide - is found in such high concentration.
Western side of Sierra Nevada mountains in California has some of the most unusual ecosystems in the world: forests of giant sequoias - world' s largest trees. Most prominent of these groves is Giant Forest.
There are numerous waterfalls in Oregon but one stands out - the gorgeous Multnomah Falls.
This waterfall is very tall - the tallest cascade falls uninterrupted for 165 m but several more factors make this waterfall special: such as the scenic pedestrian bridge between two drops of the falls and the easy accessibility from the highway.
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.
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, March 2017
- 1. United States: Walker Canyon poppy fields, California
- 2. United States: Flower fields of Gorman Hills
- 3. United States: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve
- 4. United States: Bear Valley wildflower meadows, Colusa County
- 5. United States: Point Buchon poppy meadows
- 6. United States: Figueroa Mountain poppy and lupine fields
- 7. United States: Shell Creek Road meadows, California
- 8. Solomon Islands: Kakamora Caves - mystery of the dwarf people
- 9. United States: Carrizo Plain wildflower meadows
- 10. United States: Dry Creek wildflower meadows, Tulare County
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.