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Moeraki Boulders – New Zealand
These unusually large and spherical boulders lie along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the coast of New Zealand. Their origin has been the subject of numerous Maori legends, but scientifically speaking, they are the result of coastal erosion.
White Desert – Egypt
Known as Sahara el Beyda, with “sahara” meaning desert, this barren stretch of unique land is located 45 km outside the town of Farafra. It is famous for its white cream color and its massive chalk rock formations that are the result of occasional sandstorms in the area.
The Giant’s Causeway – Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
Reed Flute Cave – Guangxi Province, China
The Reed Flute Cave looks like something out of a science fiction movie. Its multicolored lighting has been an attraction for the past 1,200 years. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes.
Mono Lake – California
Mono Lake is a large, shallow lake with no outlet to the ocean. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salt to accumulate. Although its high alkalinity is not livable for fish, it still has an unusually productive ecosystem. The brine shrimp which thrive in its waters provides food for two million migratory birds which nest there annually.