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1. Socotra Island, Indian Ocean
Socotra is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which is definitely one of the strangest places on Earth; in fact it looks like a place from another planet! Many film directors could just dream to create more alien-looking decors. Socotra is the biggest of the four islands, forming the archipelago and most famous for its uniqueness. Thanks to many factors, like isolation from the continent and specific climate conditions, there could be found species of the flora that exist only there and nowhere else on Earth! Socotra is a place where "strange" is the slightest word to define the view and of course it is a UNESCO World Heritage site!
2. Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park is a place where everybody can find something interesting and amazing, but the strangest of all the unique sites is Grand Prismatic Spring! This is the third in the world biggest hot spring, which offers a breath-taking view because of the specific and one of a kind colouration! According to scientists the colours of the water are due to the presence of bacteria species, that can exist at the temperature of the water of this spring and they colour the edges with their pigments. The colours are so vivid and beautiful that Grand Prismatic Spring is a site not to miss!
3. Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale - "Cotton Castle" from Turkish is a marvellous site in Denizli region in Turkey. This is a unique formation created by the hot springs. The terraces consist of carbon minerals and since ancient times they attract travellers with their beauty. It is known that the white water of the terrace pools have the power to cure and this is another important reason for the many people visiting the place. In ancient times there were castles and a city, because people knew that this was a place one of a kind. Now it is one of the worlds most desired destinations. Remember - you can step only barefoot there, because shoes are not allowed!
4. Rio Tinto River, Spain
Searching for strange places on Earth we cannot miss Spain, with the "Red River" - Rio Tinto! The river springs from Sierra Morena mountains and what makes it unique is the colouration of the water - with red hues. Close to the river there are mines for different metals - copper, precious metals, iron and others, which have been exploited since ancient times. Thanks to the mining process the acidity of the water is very high and of course colour is also changed. It is good that we know the scientific explanation of this phenomenon, because it would be rather scare otherwise... Rio Tinto River is one of the strangest places on Earth and one of the attractive tourist sites in Spain.
5. Mount Roraima, South America
One of the most remarkable strange places on Earth is Roraima Mountain in South America. It is the border of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. The interesting part is that the top of the mountain is like a table and all the sides are vertical and about 400 meters high. Adventurers, who would like to reach the top might use the natural staircases on the Venezuela side of the mountain, getting there in the two other countries is much more difficult. What is known for sure is that the feeling to get there and enjoy the view is worth the climbing!
6. Blood Pond, Japan
In the Japanese island of Kyushu there are the "hell's” hot springs which are one of the most spectacular nature creations. They are nine and this is why they call them the nine hells. Most spectacular of them is the Blood pond, whose red colour is achieved because of the high iron content in the water. Definitely it is not good for bathing, but its strange and unique colour makes it spectacular enough to be among the strangest places on Earth!
7. Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island
Chocolate Hills in Bohol are one of the most famous tourist attractions in the Philippines. There are hills, with the same unique shape - like cones, and almost the same measures - between 30 and 50 meters high. We know that the hills are about 1268 and have limestone structure, covered by grass. The name "chocolate" is given because of the brown colour of the grass in the dry season, otherwise they are green. There are interesting legends about the forming of the hills: that they are remains of the battle between two giants and a more romantic one - the hills were formed by the tears of a giant, crying for his mortal love...
8. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is a salt field spreading for about 10,582 square kilometres. The layer of salt is some meters thick and you can drive a car on it. In the wet season the salt field is covered with water but tourists still can drive over. There are different touristic tours offering a walk over this unique place and you can even stay at a hotel where everything is made by salt! Salar de Uyuni is one of the most interesting places for all travellers looking for adventure, uniqueness and unforgettable views!
9. Mono Lake, California, USA
Mono Lake in California has no outlet to the ocean and this is why the content of the water is quite salty. The unique consistence of salts in water are the ideal environment for a specific kind of shrimps and there are thousands of birds that come every season and feed with the shrimps! This small perfect ecosystem and the one of a kind structure of the lake make it a notable member of the group with the strangest places on Earth and its honourable member!
10. Hell's Door, Turkmenistan
Hell's Door is the exact name for this place in Turkmenistan, where only brave people dare to go. It is an abandoned mine, whose exploitation was held. There is a big hole, submitting gas, and people decided to set a fire and let the gas burn, but what a surprise - the gas is still burning! The diameter of the hole is about 70 meters and really resembles the idea of hell. Miners, who in 1971 decided to burn the gas and continue working in the mine, were thinking that it will be over for some days but now, so many years after, hell's door is still covered with flames and is one of the strangest places on Earth!
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