25 Places That Look Like They Are From Another Planet

Posted by , Updated on May 21, 2024

From underwater rivers to glowing caves these are 25 places that look like they are from another planet.



Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

a blue glowing sea floor

The surreal blue glow is caused by bioluminescent phytoplankton.


Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russia

surreal places

In March, frost and sunlight create cracks in the frozen surface of this lake which cause these turquoise pieces of ice to protrude.


Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand

surreal places

About the size of mosquitos, these glowworms are only found in New Zealand.


Lake Hillier, Australia

surreal places

The pink hue is due to algae and bacteria.


Caño Cristales River, Colombia

surreal places

Due to a high level of biodiversity in and around the water, this river appears to flow in numerous colors.


Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

surreal places

Volcanic activity created these perfectly chiseled columns.


Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius Island

surreal places

Created by ocean currents, sand is constantly being sucked down into the crevice.


Fingal’s cave, Scotland

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Similar to Giant’s Causeway, these formations were once again created by volcanic activity.


Naica Mine, Mexico

surreal places

The enormous crystals were formed by hydrothermal fluids rising from the heated Earth below.


Lake Natron, Tanzania

surreal places

Another pinkish body of water, this time the hue is due to salt loving organisms that produce red pigment. Unlike Lake Hillier in Australia, the high salt content of this lake makes it inhospitable for numerous creatures.


Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

surreal places

The oldest national park in southeast Europe is full of some of the most beautiful lakes, caves, and waterfalls on Earth.


Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

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This salt flat is so reflective that it is used to calibrate satellites.


Sentinels of the Arctic, Finland

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This is what trees in Finland look like in winter


Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland

surreal places

The tightly packed ice in these caves absorbs most of the light spectrum except for the color blue.


Bigar Waterfall, Romania

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Locals refer to the place as “the miracle from the Minis gorge”.


Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming

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The colors in this hot spring are from pigmented microbes that grow near the edges.


Deadvlei, Namibia

surreal places

Once a thriving forest, these trees are only a remnant standing against the encroaching dunes of the desert.


Socotra, Yemen

surreal places

A third of the life on this isolated island is found nowhere else on the planet.


Yuanyang County, China

surreal places

These terraced rice fields make for a stunning birds eye view.


Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey

surreal places

Although these look like frozen terraces they are actually white limestone.


Fly Geyser, Nevada

surreal places

After a well was drilled and left uncovered, algae bubbled up to create this extraterrestrial looking mound.


Aogashima, Japan

surreal places

It’s a volcano inside a volcano.


Underwater River, Cenote Angelita, Mexico

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The hydgrogen sulfate in this river sinks to the bottom and forms a river of its own.


Hidden Beach, Mexico

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This hole was created by a military test explosion at some point during the 20th century.


Mount Roraima, South America

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This tabletop mountain has been isolated for centuries and the landscape on top is similar to Socotra Island in its uniqueness.