10 seriously strange places around the world



1. Thor’s Well, Oregon, USA

Thor’s Well is also known as Spouting Horn. The surf rushes into the gaping sinkhole and then shoots upwards with great force. It can be viewed by taking the Captain Cook Trails from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area visitor centre. But for your own safety, it is best to stay back especially at high tide or during winter storms.

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2. Red Beach, Panjin, China

The beach is covered with a type of seaweed called Sueda, which turns bright red in Autumn.
These tidal wetlands are an important nature reserve for migrating birds. There’s only a small section of the beach that’s open to the public. You can explore via a wooden walkway that stretches out to sea.

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3.Glass Beach, California, USA

This glittering sea glass beach in California is a remarkable side effect of years of rubbish being dumped on the beach. It wasn’t until the 1960s that this was stopped. But by then the sea was already full of everything from electrical appliances to bottles and cans. Over time, the waves broke everything down into colourful pebbles and the beach became a major tourist attraction – now ironically under threat because visitors are taking home the glass.

Source: John F on Flickr

 

4.The Catacombs, Paris, France

The deeply creepy catacombs are a network of old quarry tunnels beneath Paris and the final resting place of around six million Parisians. Most are anonymous, skulls and bones taken from the city’s overcrowded graveyards during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; it wasn’t until the authorities realized its potential as a tourist attraction that the bones were arranged in the macabre displays seen today.

 

5.Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA

This otherworldly geyser is on private land on the edge of Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Created accidentally in 1964 after an energy company drilled down into geothermal waters, today a scalding fountain erupts up to five feet high and the resulting mineral build up means the cone is growing by several inches each year. The brilliant hues of red and green are down to thermophilic algae.

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6.Cat Island, Japan

A short ferry ride from Japan’s east coast, Tashirojima has a population of one hundred humans, who are vastly outnumbered by their furry friends. Originally the cats were encouraged as the island produced silk and mice are a natural predator of silkworms. Local fishermen regarded them as good luck and the island even has a cat shrine, along with newly built cat shaped cabins for tourists to stay in. It goes without saying that there are no dogs allowed.

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7. The Door To Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan

At the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert sits a crater of fire the size of a football field that’s been perpetually burning now for almost fifty years. And guess what, it’s not volcanic. Infact, this sinister flame pit was man-made and thought to be the result of a Soviet-era gas drilling accident. But there’s no official record. It seems that the dangerous pit of fire will never stop burning.

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8. Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico

This place is an uninhabited island and according to legend, a girl died in the canals surrounding the island. Soon after dolls began to wash ashore constantly. The island’s only inhabitant and caretaker then began to hang the dolls that would wash ashore in memory of the little girl.

Source: Cindy Vasco

 

9. The Devils Bridge, Germany

The Devil’s Bridge (Rakotzbrücke) was built almost 150 years ago, back in 1860. Because of the unique construction accuracy, the bridge and its reflection merge into a perfect circle, regardless of the point of observation. This extraordinary sight is beloved spot of the professional photographers.

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10. The Sea of Stars, Maldives

The sea of stars of Vaadhoo Island Maldives attracts annually millions of tourists eager to capture the natural phenomenon that turns sea water into a colour of electric blue-neon. The reason why the shore and waves have those neon blue stained particles is due to a natural chemical reaction called ‘’bioluminescence’’. This happens when a microorganism in the water is disturbed by the oxygen.

 

 

 

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