Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Roraima is a tabletop mountain with sheer 400-meter high cliffs on all sides. On the top of the mountain it rains almost every day, washing away most of the nutrients for plants to grow and creating a unique landscape on the bare sandstone surface. This also creates some of the highest waterfalls in the world over the sides.
Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua’s geothermal field is a visually spectacular expression of the power of creation. It contains 1200 geothermal features which include geysers, hot springs, mud pools and fumaroles, as well as silica terraces and flats.
Bledug Kuwu, Indonesia
Bledug kuwu is a phenomenon of mud volcano located in the village of Kuwu in Central Java Province. It looks like just another muddy pond. But every one or two minutes, the placid water erupts in an explosion of mud, followed by a plume of white steam.
Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia
Sulfur, salt, and other minerals color the crater of Dallol, a volcano in the hottest place on Earth, Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression. At 157 feet (48 meters) below sea level, Dallol is also the world’s lowest land volcano.
Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, US
The Racetrack, is a scenic dry lake feature with “sailing stones” that leave linear “racetrack” imprints. Racetrack stones only move once every two or three years and most tracks last for three or four years.
Eaglehawk Neck – Tasmania
The area has a beautiful rugged terrain and several unusual geological formations. These include the Tessellated Pavement, an area of flat rock that looks to be man made but it is in fact formed by erosion.
“The Gate to Hell” is the result of a 1971 drilling expedition where geologists accidentally discovered an underground cavern filled with natural gas, during the process of drilling. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a pit approximately 70 meters wide. To avoid any poisonous gas discharge, a decision was made to burn the gas…
White Desert, Egypt
The desert has a white, cream color and massive chalk rock formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorms in the area.
Black Rock Desert, Nevada, US
A unique place with its colored geysers, dry rock bed and mountain ranges bordering the region. Also the site of the annual Burning Man festival.
Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Dry Valleys are a row of snow-free valleys in Antarctica. The region is one of the world’s most extreme deserts, and includes many interesting features including the frozen Lake Vida and the Onyx River, Antarctica’s longest river.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia, West Papua province
As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as “The Four Kings”) has a startling diversity of habitats.