Bizarre destinations

2014-01-30 15:50

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Cape Town - Weird is whatever appears unusual or out of the ordinary. On a scale of normal to weird, these 10 places are by far the world’s weirdest destinations – and we’d like to see them all, wouldn’t you?

Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania

No one’s really sure how it happened, some say a volcanic eruption, others say erosion; all we know is that the Eye of the Sahara, also known as the Richat Structure, is really weird to look at. Visible from space, equidistant rings of the Eye, stretch to nearly 50 kilometers. The Wave, Arizona

 We’re not sure about you, but where we come from; hills don’t usually look like this. Created by wind and erosion, the Wave looks like someone had taken a giant rake and tracked lines through the red hills. Situated near the Arizona border, this sandstone rock formation is somewhat of a pretty sight.

Litchfield National Park’s termite mound

It looks like the termites in Australia’s Litchfield National Park got the memo on living large. An Amusing Planet update indicates that these three-meter or more termite mounds, serve as large apartment buildings, according to Former insect curator, Graham Brown.

Glass Beach, California

Here’s a story you hardly ever hear: An old rubbish dump site naturally reformed by sea and erosion, resulted in the molding of broken glass into pretty gem stones. From car batteries, to bottles and all the rubbish in between, Mother Nature really turned trash into treasure on this beach.

Socotra Island, Yemen

Socotra Island is one of the most remote islands in the world and also the largest Island in the Middle East. It is home to the most unique species of plants and animals. Socotra Adventure Island reports that 900 species of plants, including the creepy looking dragon’s blood trees, inhabit on the island.

Marble Caves, Chile

More wonderful than weird, Chile’s Cuevas de Mármol (marble caves), formed by thousands of years of waves washing against its walls, is certainly a destination on our bucket list. The blue cavern walls are actually coloured by the reflection of the lake’s water, which changes tones from time to time.

Blood Falls, Antarctica

Like something out of a horror movie, Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier, oozes red-coloured water, resembling blood. Atlas Obscura notes that the Taylor Glacier sealed an ancient community of microbes about two million years ago. Despite being trapped, the microbes developed independently, without free oxygen and sunlight. As a result the lake has a high salinity and iron level, causing reddish coloured water to ooze out of it.

Caño Crystals’ River, Columbia

Every year, usually from July to December, what looks like a colour festival explodes in the Caño Crystals’ river. You have to see it for yourself or you won’t believe it. With the help of photosynthesis, a plant living in the river called the Macarenia clavigera, blossoms and changes colour.

Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

What looks like a portal into the Abyss, is merely a science operation gone wrong. Interestingly enough, Door way to hell is a natural gas field that has been burning since 1971. When an oil rig collapsed into a large crater, Soviet geologists decided to set the crater alight, in order to burn the poisonous gases, and the fire has been ablaze ever since.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

If you’re yearning for a surreal experience, Salar de Uyuni is a destination you need to see. Currently the world’s largest salt flats; standing in the centre of the salt flats will make you feel like you’re on a different planet.

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