Twelve extraordinary places in the world

Visit the melting ice cave in Alaska, the reflective salt plains in the Andes or the Wave shaped mountain cliffs in Arizona. Travel search site momondo.See lists world’s most fascinating places, here are twelve captivating landscapes from all corners of the earth which attracts both tourists and adventurous Explorers

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1.  Lake Hillier – Australia

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Take a dip in the pink shimmering Lake Hillier at the Australian archipelago. The color of the water has amazed scientists throughout the world, but the water should not be dangerous to swim in.

2.  Coyote Buttes, The waves – Arizona, USA

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The Wave is a part of the national park Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. To visit the wave you need to be authorized. The soft forms reminiscent of the Spanish artist Salvador Dali’s surreal paintings.

3.  Mendenhall-glacier – Tongass Nationalpark, Alaska, USA

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Take the opportunity to visit Mendenhall glacier before climate change has taken out its right. All melt water is flowing under the glacier and moves the ice forward and forms caves with superb light formed by the thin roof.

In order to get there it  is required a bit of an effort, one must first kayak up to the glacier, then walk over it with tread forks, and after that one can go down below the surface and into the cave.

4.  Derweze – Karakum dessert, Turkmenistan

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Derweze or “Hell’s gate” as it is called by the locals is an oil source that has been in fire in more than 40 years. Turkmenistan’s president visited hole by 2010 and demanded that it should be closed down but nothing has happened – yet.

5.  Salar de Uyuni – Anderna, Bolivia

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Once it’s raining in Salar de Uyuni the world’s largest salt flat is transformed into to an endless giant mirror. The water that remains on the surface after the rain is not sucked up by the ground on the basis of the densely packed salt, which creates a reflective surface on the flat old river bed, slightly smaller than the island of Jamaica.

6.  Antelope Canyon – Arizona, USA

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Antelope Canyon is located in Navajo Indians reserve where thousands of floods have formated this mountain walls and created a unique light in these “rooms”. But to visit Antelope Canyon in the rainy season is very risky when sudden floods can come at any time without any notice.

7.  Grand Prismatic Spring – Yellowstone National Park, USA

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The temperature in the Grand Prismatic Spring is 85˚C and the rainbow colors in the warm spring is made of the bacteria that are found in the mineral-rich water. Each day more water evaporates from the sring than what can fit in an Olympic swimming pool.

8.  Deadvlei – Namib-Naukluft, Namibia

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Deadvlei is a combination of the English word for death and the African word vlei, which means wetland. The acacia trees have been lifeless in approximately 1,000 years and the eerie area is located right next to some of the world’s highest sand dunes. The highest is the red Sossusvlei dune measuring 383 meters in height – as high as the Empire State Building.

9.  Fly Ranch Geyser – Nevada, USA

Fly Geyser

Visit the gayser that still after 100 years sprays water. The shimmering colors comes from the minerals water taken up from the earth’s interior.

10.  The Pinnacles – Australien

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Mysterious formations of towers and pinnacles creates a ghostly feeling when wandering around in the park. Some stones are more than four meters high and sciencetist all around the world are perplexed, these rock formations has been shaped by nature in millions of years.

11.   Dragontree – Socotra, yemen

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The sap in the Dragontree is red as blood.  Those who live in the vicinity believe that resinous from Dragrontree can cure all kinds of ailments, both for healing wounds and relieve fever. Crown form has been developed as a protection against Socotra’s constantly hot and dry climate.

12.   Perito Moreno Glacier – Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

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Perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers in the world that is growing. It is already 28 miles long and four miles wide. During the summer it is normal that chunks of ice detache from the glacier, and falls down in Lake Argention.

Source: momondo

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