Top 20 Most Surreal Places On Earth That Look Like Paintings
Top 20 Most Surreal Places On Earth That Look Like Paintings: So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about them. Here are 20 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites.
Tianzi Mountains, China
These uniquely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s“Avatar.”
Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea level.
Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland
These sentinels are actually giant trees covered in snow and ice. This strange sight occurs in winter when temperatures range from -40 to -15 degrees centigrade.
Reed Flute Caves, China
This 240-meter-long cave system has been one of Guilin, China’s most popular attractions for over 1200 years.
The beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and pillars were all created through water erosion. In the present day, they are highlighted by multi-colored lights which create a truly surreal environment.
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland
Ice caves are temporary structures that form at the edge of glaciers when flowing water melts a hole into glaciers.
The tightly packed ice has very few air bubbles and absorbs all light except for blue, giving the ice its unique color.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice.
Since significantly less light makes it down to the deeper depths, the walls often appear to be different colors.
Bigar Waterfall, Romania
The locals call this waterfall “the miracle from the Minis gorge.”The moss formation that the falls travel over is 8 meters tall, creating one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.
Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming
Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented microbes, which grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water.
No, the above images are not surrealist paintings. They’re photographs of “dead valley,” where trees stand against a background of the highest sand dunes in the world.
Once a thriving forest, the approaching desert has killed all life.
Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal is the oldest freshwater lake in the world. In the winter, the lake freezes, but the water is so clear that you can see 130 feet below the ice.
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In March, frost and sun cause cracks in the ice crust, which results in the turquoise ice shards we see at the surface.
One-third of the plant life on Socotra Island is found nowhere else on planet Earth.
One of the most bizarre forms of life is the dragon blood tree, which resembles an umbrella.
Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China
These colorful rock formations are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits laid down over 24 million years.
Wind and rain then carved amazing shapes into the rock, forming natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys, and waterfalls.
Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine
This tunnel was shaped over many years, as trains traveled the line three times time a day, molding the surrounding trees.
Now abandoned, the track is a romantic spot for an afternoon stroll.
Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
Thousands of tiny glowworms hang to the ceiling of this grotto and radiate a luminescent light, creating a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Yuanyang County, China
The farming techniques in Yuanyang County have created a landscape that is truly amazing from the air.
These rice fields are located on the slopes of Ailao Mountain, where the terraced levels help create flat surfaces along an uneven landscape.
Lake Hillier, Australia
The pink color of this lake is thought to be the result of a dye created by algae and bacteria in the water.[
Despite the odd hue, the lake doesn’t seem to have any adverse effects on humans or local wildlife.
Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey
Over millions of years, the hot springs in Pamukkale have transformed the landscape.
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Although it may look like these terraces are made of ice and snow, Turkey has bikini weather all year round. The ground is just coated in white limestone.
Caño Cristales River, Colombia
Due to its extensive habitat of fauna and flora, this flowing river appears in yellow, green, blue, black, and red as you travel along it.
The rocks here are around 1.2 billion years old, and those who visit call it the most beautiful river in the world.
Patagonia Marble Caves, Chile
Formed by thousands of years of waves crashing against calcium carbonate, these caves have smooth, swirling walls, which reflect the lake’s azure waters.
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
Around 50 to 60 million years ago, intense volcanic activity in the area formed a lava plateau.
Over time, the lava cooled and fractures created columns that are so perfect, they almost look artificial.