20 of the most surreal landscapes on the planet

In all these photos, we can admire a multitude of colors in a hot spring, a bright red in a salt lake, snow giants not far from the ski areas, or even feel the heat emanating from a blazing chasm …

Here are 20 of the most surreal landscapes of our planet Earth:

Lake Natron in Tanzania is known for its deep red hue. Its rich color comes from algae and organisms.

The door of hell, in Turkmenistan, is a field of natural gas burning continuously since it was lit by Soviet scientists

Located in the center of the island, the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland is one of the most amazing geothermal parks.

In Geneva, travelers can witness the majestic spectacle of two rivers colliding with one another. The Rhone begins at Lake Geneva, while the Arve River is fed by glaciers in the Chamonix Valley. When the two meet one another, it creates a magnificent sight.

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“Lady Knox”, a geyser that projects its water more than 20 m high!

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Located in Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is home to brightly colored geological structures, which are formed by erosion and called hoodoos. The park hosts the largest collection of hoodoos in the world.

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Lake Natron is a salt lake in northern Tanzania.

Its waters laden with micro-organisms (which give this scarlet color to the bottoms) attract a large community of dwarf flamingos that feast on blue algae and reproduce and nest there.


The Danakil depression, with an area of ​​4000 km², is located below sea level (up to -155m).

It stretches between Ethiopia, Eritrea, southern Djibouti and the extreme north-west of Somalia, surrounded by mountains and cliffs rising to over 4000m altitude.

The Laguna Natural Park of La Mata-Torrevieja is located in the province of Alicante.

It consists mainly of two lagoons, the Salinas de Torrevieja, and Salinas de La Mata, whose waters have a characteristic pink color. The lagoons are interconnected and the salt is exploited.

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Pamukkale (“cotton castle” in Turkish) is a natural and tourist site of Turkey composed of sources forming a tufière (an unusual geological creation which causes these calcareous concretions in the form of stairs and cascades).

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In the city of Geneva meet the Rhone, whose water is clear, and the river Arve, whose water is loaded with mineral elements coming from the mountains and has a gray / beige color.

Their junction offers a very special sight, the two waters not mixing.


The rice terraces of Yuanyang, China, extend over a vast area south of the Red River.

They total more than 11300 ha of rice terraces. The slopes of rice terraces vary from 15 to 75 degrees. A rice field can then have 3000 terraces!


Ta Prohm Temple, located in Angkor, Cambodia, is an incredibly fascinating spectacle.

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Crescent Moon Lake, an oasis in the middle of a desert in China.

Located about 6 km south of the city of Dunhuang in northwestern China, this water point would have existed for 2000 years.

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The Grand Prismatic Spring is a huge pool of water heated above 70 ° C in Yellowstone National Park.

It is the third largest hot source in the world. Every minute, more than two thousand liters of hot water rise from the bowels of the earth and come to fill this volcanic bowl with blue, green, yellow and ocher rings.

Salinas Grandes, Argentina, is a small salt desert located in the highlands of Jujuy and Salta provinces. Its area is more or less 12 000 ha, or 120 km2. The site is approximately 3,350 m above sea level.

12. The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is home to many wonders.

The best known of all is undoubtedly “The Wave” with absolutely perfect lines.

The most famous ski resort in Yamagata Prefecture is undoubtedly Zao Onsen.

Every winter, a natural phenomenon famous around the world for its beauty occurs. The harsh climatic conditions generate frost that covers the trees, giving the illusion of snow-covered monsters populating the mountain.

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The Richat structure, nicknamed “the eye of Africa, is a geological structure located in the Sahara Desert in Mauritania.

Long considered a “scientific enigma”, it is about 50 km in diameter and is fully observed only from space. Since the 2000s, it is assumed that the structure of Richat comes from a rare form of giant volcanism, 100 million years old.

Croatia’s Plitvice Lakes National Park, between the cities of Zagreb and Zadar, covering an area of ​​296 square kilometers, is made up of a set of sixteen large lakes, connected by 92 cascades or small rivers.

The structure of Richat, also known as the eye of the Sahara, covers nearly 48 km in diameter, it is thought that it is the result of erosion and it is a marvel for scientists and travelers .

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