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Mon, 27 Apr, 2015

The most bizarre natural attractions on earth

The most bizarre natural attractions on earth

Millions of years on this earth have created some of the most unbelievable landscapes in the world. Here’s some of our favourite.

The Wave, Arizona

The sweeping beauty of these sandstone rock formation are found in the Coyote Buttes area of the Arizona Strip in Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness.

Experts say the best photo opportunities for The Wave come at midday but first visitors must get one of the 20 permits released each day

Svinafellsjokull glacier, Iceland

Part of the great Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park, this glacier may look daunting but it’s a quite a popular hiking destination.

Svinafellsjokull glacier, part of the great Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park, is a popular hiking destination in Iceland

Fairy Chimneys, Turkey

Folklore has it that fairies in ancient Turkey lived underground, and these distinctive rock formations were the chimneys of their secret houses. Or another theory is that these rock features were formed courtesy of volcanic eruptions and erosions.

Legend has it that fairies lived underground in ancient Cappadocia in Turkey's Central Anatolia and these formations were their chimneys

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Covering an incredible 10,000 square kilometres, this is the world’s largest salt flats.

The world's largest salt flats, Salar de Uyuni, are a sight to behold  covering a whopping 4.085 square miles in southwest Bolivia

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

While it may seem like a volcano ready to blow, it’s actually the largest hot spring in the United States. 

The bright coloration of the spring is it's real point of marvel, with its shades of red, orange, yellow, green and blue

Dallol, Ethiopia 

These florescent colours aren’t produced by Photoshop but by nature – the bright yellow of sulphur mixes with the white salt for an outstanding effect.

As if a giant hypercolour pen exploded on the moon, the Dallo hydrothermal fields in the Erta Ale Range offer some incredible  colours

Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

Geologists believe the same tectonic plates that formed the Himalayas created this colourful sandstone formation and centuries of water erosion completed it.   

What looks like something created with coloured sand in primary school is in fact a colourful sandstone formation in the hills of China

Puente del Inca, Argentina

In Spanish, Puente del Inca means “The Inca’s Bridge”, an arch created by nature to form a bridge over the Vacas River in Mendoza, Argentina.

This stone bridge over the Rio Mendoza has rock walls and the remnants of an old yellow-colored spa underneath

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