10 incredible natural wonders of the world: in pictures
Get ready to feast your eyes and open up your imagination on 10 amazing natural sights on our planet. And yes, they’re real… and they’re spectacular.
1. Fly Geyser – Nevada
OK, this geyser just a isn’t 100% real, but it was formed by accident. While drilling for sources of geothermal energy in 1964, the minerals rose up into this striking and strange form that you can still admire to this day.
2. Great Blue Hole –
This is definitely an all-natural oddity. This hole that’s 984 feet across and upwards of 410 feet deep is among the best places on the planet to go scuba diving.
3. Plitvice Lakes –
Linked by waterfalls, the 16 Plitvice Lakes in Croatia are arranged in steps. You can see them on walkways as seen in this picture, or via boat.
4. Zangye Danxia –
These sandstone landforms come in idiosyncratic and colorful formations as their layers reveal thousands upon millions of year of history for us to see with our own eyes.
5. Striped Icebergs – Antarctica
When it comes to “out-of-this-world” natural wonders, Antarctica pretty much has the lion’s share. Especially if you like your wonders to come in white, maybe blue, or in some cases, stripes.
6. The Door to Hell –
This gorgeous sight has a backstory similar to that of the Fly Geyser. The Door to Hell in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert has been burning for over 40 years, thanks to geologists that tried to burn off natural gases discovered when drilling at the site.
7. Côte d’Albâtre –
You’re familiar with the White Cliffs of Dover, but what about the “White Cliffs of Normandy?” This chalk-white Alabaster Coast stretches out 80 miles and rises with cliffs up to 328 feet high. The result is the formation of unique structures like the arch at Étretat.
8. Bryce Canyon –
Most everyone knows about the Grand Canyon, but Bryce Canyon, sitting over 6,500 feet above sea level, is natural wonder of the world in its own right with its pyramid-like rock formations called “hoodoos.” It's well worth the to experience.
9. Salar de Uyuni –
There’s no need to adjust your settings. The largest salt lake in the world (2,471 acres, to be exact) looks more like a mirror than an actual lake, making incredible photos like this one a possibility.
10. Pamukkale –
Looks like it could be part of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, right? But the surreal beauty of these mineral hot springs in southwest Turkey’s Denizli Province draws so many tourists that access to this wonder is now restricted with hopes that future tourists can admire it for years to come.