10 Strange Places around the world

New Zealand, Waitomo Caves, Glow worms!

On the north island of New Zealand, resides a large tourist attraction with the name of Waitomo Caves, famous for its population of glow worms, this particular species, “Arachnocampa Luminosa”, is unique to New Zealand. They are on average the approximate size of a mosquito (although thankfully not as annoying as mozzi’s!) This tourist attraction has a visitor center at the entrance, and also includes organized tours such as a boat ride under the glow worms!

Waitomo Caves - New Zealand - Glow Worms

Glowworms – New Zealand Waitomo Caves

Chile, Marble Caves!

Well we did mention that we would be including some of the most stunningly beautiful places, prepare to be awed, with great time comes great beauty, over 6000 years of waves crashing on Calcium Carbonate on a particular cavernous wall has resulted in a mind awing site for tourists to go experience! Warning extreme beauty is evident! Located on Lake General Carrera / Buenos Aires (this depends on which side you are on). The most famous of these caves goes by the name of “Capilla de Marmol”.

Marble Caves in Chile

Marble Caves – Chile

Iceland, Silfra Fissure, The continental gap!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim between 2 continents in all their entirety, it is completely possible, in Iceland’s, Silfra fissure, this is actually a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents drifting apart at approximately 2cm a year, with what is said to be the clearest water in the world of diving (you can even drink if you’re feeling courageous) it’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular diving spots in the world. There are diving groups that consist of 2 tours and 4 sections in the fissure going to a depth between 7 to 12 meters! Should make an absolutely amazing experience.

The Silfra Rift between the Europe and American tectonic plates

The Silfra Rift between the Europe and American tectonic plates

South America, Mount Roraima!

One of the most astounding natural geological formations, towering with 400 M (1200 ft.) tall cliffs, for centuries this place remained a mystery for the indigenous locals. Modern times have however allowed us to discover and explore this incredible 31 square kilometer summit, with mind awing beauty, definitely a location to visit that will take your breath away, to give a depth of how gigantic this is, Roraima includes the borders of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana.

Mount Roraima in South America

Mount Roraima – South America

California, Death Valley, Sailing Stones!

Located in Eastern California, Death Valley is given its name for very good intent, Death Valley’s furnace creek holds the record for the highest reliable air temperature 134 °F (56.7 °C), although this heat is not what puts Death Valley in the league to deserve a part of this blog, rather the stones that seemingly reject all laws of physics and move without interaction across the desert, believe it or not scientists proclaim that the cause of this strange geological phenomenon is ice shove, not the fact that they are ghost boulders, well don’t believe me go see for yourself and don’t forget to take some sunscreen with it’s a scorcher of a day, well everyday there!

Death Valley in California

Sailing Stones, Death Valley – California

New Zealand, Moeraki Boulders!

40 Km south of Oamaru, in Moeraki, gigantic boulders can be seen either scattered or in bunches, weighing in at an incredible 7 tons and some of them rising to 2 meters tall, legend has it that these boulders are gourds washed up from the great voyaging canoe Ariteuru when It was wrecked on landfall hundreds of years ago! Definitely a sight worth visiting to gaze upon these mysterious yet seemingly beautiful boulders!

The Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand

The Moeraki Boulders – New Zealand

Antarctica, Blood Falls!

In the depths of Antarctica’s ice, there is a blood-red waterfall, sounds ominous doesn’t it, towering at almost 5 stories tall and also in the coldest regions on earth the McMurdo Dry Valley, somehow even through extreme conditions and no oxygen there are micro-organisms under the ice that have inconceivably still developed and remain evolving to this day, although not proving that extra-terrestrial life can exist, it is a wondrous site for both sightseeing and scientific significance, that is if you don’t mind the freezing cold!

Blood Falls in Antartica

Blood Falls – Antartica

Northern Ireland, Giant’s Causeway!

On the edge of the Antrim Plateau in Northern Ireland, there is a place that is just amazing; and of great geological importance. The Giant’s Causeway, the most important or rather awing feature of the site is 40 000 regularly shaped polygons forming a perfect walkway or pavement, this sight has inspired countless legends of Giants striding from the sea and has been an attraction for about 300 years and has come to be regarded as a symbol for Northern Ireland, well ready to make a Giant out of a polygonal hill! Definitely worth the visit.

Giants Causeway - Northern Ireland

Giants Causeway – Northern Ireland

Australia, Lake Hillier!

Off the coast of Esperance, on middle island, resides a bubblegum pink lake, now before you go read that sentence again yes you did read correctly there is a random pink lake in the middle of nowhere, even stranger scientists are not 100% sure on why the lank is pink, they merely speculate that the color comes from dye created by bacteria that lives in the salt crusts, well if you love pink this is definitely an interesting site to visit!

Lake Hillier - Australia

Lake Hillier – Australia

Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick

Ever wondered how on earth to defy gravity, and possibly a few vital laws of the universe, well, on Earth there is a place that does exactly that, making a very popular tourist attraction, drive to the bottom of the hill take your foot of the brake and be shocked your car will roll back up the hill on its own accord no matter how big or small the vehicle, as difficult it is for you to grasp the concept whilst its happening don’t feel bad it is still a complete mystery to scientists, is this a natural phenomenon or a proof that some kind of magical forces do truly exist, you be the judge!

Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick

Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick

Got any other weird or wonderful places to share? Let us know in the comments.

 

Ross Clarke is an avid lover of technology. He is currently the CTO of a software services start-up in the telecommunications space. His current interests revolve around productivity, travel, working around the world and the finer things in life.

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