Places so strange as to seem jokes of nature

Places so strange as to seem jokes of nature

Places so strange as to seem jokes of nature
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There is not only the first of April, a day dedicated to jokes: these ten places, bizarre as real jokes of nature, are visible at any time of the year, always ready to intrigue and surprise us. Also because science has not always managed to explain the reasons behind such strangeness.

ANTELOPE CANYON, ARIZONA, USA 

 It is one of the most famous and most bizarre places on the planet. It is found in Navajo land and was formed over millions of years due to the action of water and wind on sandstone rocks. It is a canyon that in some places becomes very narrow, famous for the dizzying shapes and for the play of light that give the sandstone a real rainbow of red shades.


LAKE KLILUK, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA 

This lake, also known by the name of Spotted Lake, or Lake with spots, seems literally with polka dots: the curious "spots" that are observed on the surface are due to the high concentrations of various minerals and sediments of magnesium sulphate, calcium and sodium sulphate. The curious alkaline salt basin is located in the Similkameen valley and, in the summer months, when evaporation is more intense, it becomes even more intense because the mineral deposits that determine the different coloring of the "spots" become more evident.


PAPAKOLEA BEACH, SOUTH POINT, HAWAII 

 This enchanting beach has a new green color, due to the high concentration of olivine, a mineral of magmatic origin containing iron and magnesium, present in the sand. Olivine is a precious stone which, due to its splendid color, is widely used in jewelry.


LAKE HILLIER, MIDDLE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA 

 Its intense pink color makes it look like a real joke of nature. Its color creates a bizarre chromatic contrast with the green of the meadows and with the turquoise of the ocean that breaks on the beach at a very short distance. The curious coloring of the lake is still being studied: it is thought to be due to the presence of a micro-algae, Dunaliella salina, and other microorganisms. The color is permanent and does not alter if the water is collected in a container.


PAMUKKALE, DENIZLI, TURKEY

 Its name means "Cotton Castle" and well describes this spectacular succession of pools of turquoise water surrounded by the whiteness of travertine and snow-white limestone rocks. The complex covers an area of ​​2700 meters in length and 160 in height and, seen from afar, it resembles a cascade of ice.


BLOOD WATERFALLS, SCOTT BASE, ANTARCTICA 

 The view is disturbing: a rust-colored river of water gushes out of the ice and pours into Lake Bonney, more than fifteen meters below, tinging the surrounding ice red. The phenomenon has been recently explained: it is ocean water that has become saturated with iron after being imprisoned for 2 million years between the glacier and a wall of ferrous rocks.


THOR'S WELL, OREGON, USA 

 Thor's Well (Thor's well) is a natural depression connected to an underground cave system in which water is sucked in and then sprouted outside up to a height of six meters. It is a decidedly impressive natural phenomenon, so much so that depression is also called "Gate to hell": the phenomenon is more pronounced when the sea is rough.


RUBY FALLS, TENNESSEE, USA 

 This spectacular series of underground waterfalls is located within Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. The most imposing one has a jump of about 45 meters and is illuminated to increase the scenographic effect. The waterfalls are connected to a suggestive system of caves, with stalactites and stalagmites.


SAILING STONES, RACETRACK PLAYA, CALIFORNIA 

In Italian we could call them "crawling rocks" or more simply "rocks that move". The strange fact is that these stones, even of considerable size, move on completely flat areas and, apparently, without external interventions. The mysterious phenomenon has not yet been fully understood: it is thought that the stones "slip" due to the wind on a thin layer of night ice, which then disappears during the day.


THE WONDER OF THE ICEBERG - POLAR CIRCLES 

 We all know that icebergs are immense blocks of floating ice, of which only the top emerges. The sea digs and shapes the external part, creating real ice scenes sometimes with curious shapes.

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