There are places on Earth which are unique – the absolute natural wonders of the world.
Wondermondo also has made a unique thing: it is this article, which lists 40 such places – unusual locations with natural phenomena which are not found anywhere else. Places come simply in alphabetic order. Enjoy!
The only ecosystem in the world which is ruled by tortoises. Here live more than 1000 thousand giant tortoises who are at the top of food chain. Besides, on the island live some 400 species of animals and plants, which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Round holes with unusually black water, found only on South Andros and Grand Bahama islands. Their water is crystal clear but at the depth of some 17 m there is a layer of hot, pink jelly – colony of microorganisms. Most unique aspect – microorganisms have heated the water to temperatures up to 40°C – possibly the only place on Earth where microorganisms have heated the water. Below the layer of bacteria water is clear and colder again.
This red-colored, approximately 14 m tall “icefall” is opening into unusual ecosystem which for more than one million years has developed in saline lake below the Taylor Glacier. Microorganisms have adapted here to life without light, feeding on sulfates and “breathing” ions of iron.
The only known place on planet where in larger amounts are found blue garnets. In fact – until 1997 it was considered that there are no blue garnets in the world. These unique stones in artificial light change to bright purple. It is possible that the find has been exhausted.
Cave of the Crystals, Naica: 27.851483, -105.510956
Jellyfish Lake: 7.161110, 134.376290
Black Hole of Andros: 23.975677, -77.702122
Lake Tele: 1.345011, 17.150366
Caño Cristales: 2.264165, -73.794515
Lake Bonney: -77.716908, 162.399789
Usterling Growing Rock (Johannisfelsen): 48.662246, 12.648607
Daikoku Sulfur Cauldron: 21.324317, 144.193789
Oklo Mines: -1.400021, 13.160274
Ikaite tufa columns in Ikka Fjord: 61.191163, -48.027942
Patomskiy Crater: 59.284685, 116.589299
Ol Doinyo Lengai: -2.759612, 35.914042
Abanda Caves - caves of unique bat-eating crocodiles: -1.444192, 9.699241
Liang Bua: -8.530869, 120.443400
Kelimutu lakes: -8.767335, 121.817027
Aldabra: -9.418546, 46.343564
Lord Howe Island: -31.552251, 159.078896
Kitum Cave: 1.027796, 34.754435
Goualougo Triangle: 2.141059, 16.494583
Chocolate Hills: 9.798233, 124.168465
Blue garnets of Behily: -24.257679, 45.401682
Hypersaline lakes beneath the Devon Ice Cap: 75.319816, -82.883638
Sireneviy Kamen - the only find of charoite: 58.342442, 119.092417
Merelani Hills - the only find of tanzanite: -3.560646, 37.028096
Some of the most beloved natural landmarks are waterfalls – each of them is beautiful. Sometimes though waterfalls are very unusual:
Vrtiglavica waterfall in Slovenia is very, very tall! The water here falls freely through the air for some 400 – 440 meters! But only a handful of people have seen it with their eyes because… this waterfall is inside a cave!
Too few know about Khone Falls in Laos. But… this could be the widest waterfall in the world, with a total width of 10.8 kilometers! Waterfall has formed on Mekong River and is interrupted by numerous islands.
Horsetail Fall in Yosemite Valley, United States has its own “trick” – for a few days in February it shines in the light of the setting Sun and then it looks like the waterfall itself is emitting an eerie light!
The most impressive icefall in the world could be Airdevronsix icefalls in Antarctica. It is some 5 kilometers wide and 400 m tall. Want to see it all? Just walk “a bit” – it can be well observed from a distance of 17 kilometers!
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