Mother Nature is the best artist of us all. You can find her wonders wherever you go! Some might seem impossibly beautiful, others, simple yet mesmerizing. Being mere humans, we can just sit back, relax and admire her beauty. Here is a collection of the wonders that exist in nature, all by themselves. Prepare for shock & awe!
1. The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue hole is a huge sinkhole off the coast of Belize. This natural phenomenon measures 300 m (984 ft) across and 108 m (354 ft) deep. It is regarded as one of the top 10 sites to go scuba diving!
2. Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA
This geyser isn't exactly natural, and was created by accident while drilling for a well! The rising hot water is attributed to a very deep pool of hot-rock. It was a product of the either the well not being closed properly or left unplugged altogether, and the geyser continuously blasts out water jets up to 5 ft. into the air.
3. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia
This huge 295-acre national park consists of a chain of around 16 terraced lakes, joined by waterfalls extending into limestone canyons. The lakes can be traversed by foot through the path seen in the picture or by boats.
4. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
This is another not-so-natural-but-a-feast-for-the-eyes kind of wonder. Geologists set fire to a pit in order to prevent methane gas from spreading in 1971, but the gas never burned out. Instead, it collapsed inwards and formed this burning majestic crater. Reminds us of the fires of Mount Doom!
5. Grand Prismatic Spring, USA
This one is probably the most marvelous of the lot! The Grand prismatic Spring, which is the biggest in the USA and the 3rd biggest in the world, is within the Yellowstone National Park and stretches for about 300 feet (90 m). The rich coloring of the spring is due to microbial mats around the edges of the blue-water.
6. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
At the first sight, it looks like a huge ocean, but the Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt-flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located 11,995 feet above sea level as a part of the Andes. It is said to contain over 10 Billion tons of salt.
7. Pamukkale, Turkey
Pamukkale is a natural site in southwestern Turkey. It consists of-of hot springs that flow down the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Consisting of about 17 hot water springs, it is nature's very own infinity pool!
8. The Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights
The Aurora or Polar Lights is a light show in the sky predominantly seen in the Arctic & Antarctic regions. It is a result of ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents which in turn emit light of varying color and intensity.
9. Blue Grotto, Italy
The Blue Grotto is a sea cave in the southern part of Italy. The sunlight reflecting off an underwater cavity, shining through the sea waters, illuminates the entire cave with azure blue light. Due to the very small opening into the cave, traversing these waters can be achieved only during low tides and when the sea is calm.
10. Dead Sea, Asia
The saltiest lake in the world, the Dead sea is surrounded by Israel & Palestine to the west and Jordan to the east. It has 34.2% salinity level (in 2011) & is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, which allows for swimmers to stay afloat without any floatation devices even at deeper points.
11. Eye of the Sahara
The Eye is a prominent circular structure right in the middle of the Sahara desert. It has a diameter of 40 kilometers (25 mi) & is considered to be a deeply eroded geological dome. No other satisfactory theories have been provided regarding its origin.
12. The River of Five Colors
Caño Cristales is the Columbian river and is regarded as the most beautiful river for its rainbow-like display of colors. This phenomenon takes place for a short period of time when the plant beneath the river, Macarenia clavigera turns red, joining the green & yellow sand giving off the vibrant colors.
13. Stone Forest, China
This huge collection of limestone rocks, stretch for about 500 km2 into the Shilin Yi Autonomous County in China. With the rocks having a look of petrified trees, they create an illusion of a huge forest made of stone. Looks more like the Maze Runner exit path!