Strange Things In Random Places!!
1. Antelope Canyon:
The most photographed canyon in the southwest of the US is Antelope Canyon. It is found in Navajo land in the state of Arizona. The Navajo people call it Tsé bighánílíní meaning the place where water runs through rocks. The Antelope Canyon has two separate canyons, the Upper and Lower Antelope. Because rain water runs through this site, it smoothes out the rock and makes it curvy. The Antelope Canyon was formed during flashfloods which caused rock erosion, eroding and opening up passageways giving way to deep corridors with interesting rock shapes. For five months in 2006, the Tribal Park Authorities had to shut down the Antelope Canyon due to flooding.
2. Giant Hand In The Desert:
Deep in the the Atacama desert in Chile emerges a giant sculpture of a hand. A popular photo spot for tourist visiting the Atacama. The hand was constructed at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. The work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 meters tall. The sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992. The sculpture is located about 70 kilometers to the south of Antofagasta, Chile. The artist behind Mano de Desierto, The Hand of the Desert is the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal.
3. The Underwater Sculpture Park :
The Underwater Sculpture Park is the work of sculptor Jason Taylor from England, who has a passion for creating fantastic and unique pieces of work depicting Grenada’s colourful history and folklore and placing them underwater. All of the sculptures are in beautiful clear shallow water easily accessible by divers and snorkelers. The sculptures end up creating artificial reefs, and enhancing the marine environment.
The response from visitors diving the site has been reported as nothing short of amazement and fascination on the whole concept.
“the artist’s interventions promote hope and recovery, and underline our need to understand and protect the natural world.”
4. World Largest Cave:
Its amazing that there are still places like this still out there waiting to be explored. A British caving team have just recently explored the world’s largest cave passage in the heart of the Vietnamese jungle.
Called Hang Son Doong (Mountain River Cave) it is believed to be almost twice the size of the current record holder. Son Doong has replaced the Deer cave in Malaysia to become the world’s largest cave.
5. The Door to Hell:
The Door to Hell, is situated near the small town of Darvaz in Turkmenistan. Thirty-five years ago, geologists were drilling for gas when then encountered a very large cavern underground filled with a poisonous gas. They ignited the gas expecting it to burn off in a few hours. The gas is still burning to this day. Its 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters depth have not been caused by volcanic activity or a meteorite impact.This crater was created sometime in the 50’s when the Soviets were prospecting for natural gas in this area and it’s been burning since then.
6. Venezuela’s Everlasting Storm:
The mysterious “Relámpago del Catatumbo” (Catatumbo lightning) is a unique natural phenomenon in the world. Located on the mouth of the Catatumbo river at Lake Maracaibo (Venezuela), the phenomenon is a cloud-to-cloud lightning that forms a voltage arc more than five kilometre high during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours a night, and as many as 280 times an hour. This almost permanent storm occurs over the marshlands where the Catatumbo River feeds into Lake Maracaibo and it is consideredthe greatest single generator of ozone in the planet, judging from the intensity of the cloud-to-cloud discharge and great frequency.
7. Honduras’ Rain of Fishes:
The Rain of Fish is common in Honduran Folklore. It occurs in the Departamento de Yoro, between the months of May and July. Witnesses of this phenomenon state that it begins with a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain for 2 to 3 hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground. People take the fish home to cook and eat them. Since 1998 a festival known as “Festival de la Lluvia de Peces” (Rain of Fish Festival) is celebrated every year in the city of Yoro, Departamento de Yoro, Honduras.
8. Denmark’s Black Sun:
9. The Great Blue Hole:
Outside the coast of Belize, a country in South America, there is an almost perfectly circular hole that has a diameter of 0.4 kilometers. The water inside the hole is 145 meters deep and this depth makes the hole appear deep blue. Tourists from all over dives in the Great Blue Hole of Belize, which also has exciting species of fish to view in clear waters. It is believed that this amazing geological site was formed billions of years ago. When the water rose above the caves, the Great Blue Hole was formed.
10. Electric Brae:
The Electric Brae is located on the coastal road from Girvan to Ayr, just 1m south of Dunure in rural Scotland. Also sometimes known as Croy Brae, it is a well known scenic stretch of road where the configuration of the land gives the impression that a vehicle can freewheel uphill. The land on either side of the road creates an optical illusion so it looks as if the slope is going the other way. There is a past belief that an electric or magnetic forcefield was the cause of this bizarre phenomenon.
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