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originally posted by: LoneCloudHopper2
I've been looking for the most alien-looking places on earth for inspiration for a science fantasy novel idea I've been developing. Some of these discoveries are so wild, I thought I'd share them.
The Rainbow Mountain of Peru. According to the Cultural Landscape Office of the Decentralization of the City of Cusco, the seven colors of the mountain are due to its mineralogical composition: the pink color is due to red clay, fangolitas (mud) and arilitas (sand); the whitish colouring is due to quartzose, sandstone and marls, rich in calcium carbonate; the red is due to claystones (iron) and clays belonging to the Upper Tertiary period; the green is due to phyllites and clays rich in ferro magnesian; the earthy brown is a product of fanglomerate composed of rock with magnesium belonging to the Quaternary period; and the mustard yellow color comes from the calcareous sandstones rich in sulphurous minerals.
Dracaena cinnabari or dragon blood tree. A tree from the Wonder Land of Socotra, Yemen. Socotra is considered the jewel of biodiversity in the Arabian Sea.
Dendrosicyos or the cucumber tree. Also native to Socotra, Yemen.
Spotted Lake. It is located in Similkameen Valley in British Columbia, Canada. The lake contains dense deposits of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates, and high concentrations of eight other minerals and lower amounts of silver and titanium. Most of the water in the lake evaporates over the summer, revealing colourful mineral deposits.
The Blood Pond Hell. One of 'eight hells of Beppu,' a series of hot springs intended for viewing rather than bathing. It's a geothermal pool that's naturally red due to its mineral content such as hematite, a type of iron.
The Eye of Earth. Also known as the Richat Structure. It is a prominent circular feature in the middle of the Sahara Desert of West-Central Mauritania. It is deeply eroded, and stretches 40 km in diameter.
The Eisriesenwelt (German for "World of the Ice Giants") is a natural limestone and ice cave located in Werfen, Austria.
Tianzi Mountain is a mountain located in Zhangjiajie, in the Hunan Province of China. It contains multiple high pillars that look like strange mountains.
Red Beach. Dawa County, Panjin, China, is famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Suaeda salsa, of the family Chenopodiaceae.
The Door To Hell. Also known as The Darvaza gas crater or Gates of Hell, it is a natural gas field collapsed into a cavern located in Derweze, Turkmenistan.
The Chocolate Hills in the Philippines are covered in green grass that turns brown during the dry season, hence the name.
The Cave of the Crystals in Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico. The main chamber contains giant selenite crystals, some of the largest natural crystals ever found.
The Zhangye National Geopark is located in Sunan and Linze counties within the prefecture-level city of Zhangye, in Gansu, China. Zhangye Danxia is known for the unusual colours of the rocks, which are smooth, sharp and several hundred meters tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years. The result (similar to a layer cake), was tilted by the action of the same tectonic plates responsible for creating parts of the Himalayan mountains. Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colours, patterns, and sizes.
Sol de Mañana is a geothermal area in Sur Lípez Province in the Potosi Department of south-western Bolivia.This area is characterized by intense volcanic activity and the sulphur springs field is full of mud lakes and steam pools with boiling mud.
Finally...Dallol. It is a cinder cone volcano in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range in Ethiopia. It was formed by the intrusion of basaltic magma into Miocene salt deposits and subsequent hydrothermal activity. Phreatic eruptions took place here in 1926, forming Dallol Volcano; numerous other eruption craters dot the salt flats nearby. These craters are the lowest known subaerial volcanic vents in the world, at 45 m (150 ft) or more below sea level.
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originally posted by: CIAGypsy
How can anyone not believe that our world is a wonder to behold? Amazing places.... Thank you for sharing! S&F!