10 Lesser known natural wonders around the world

We all know about the 7 wonders of the world, but do we know some of the most beautiful, natural wonders of the world that are less famous?

10: The Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan

The Darvaza Gas crater has been ablaze non-stop for over 4 years, caused when natural gas was set on fire. Darvaza means gate, or door in Urdu.

9: Southwest Slot Canyons, USA

Narrow fissures carved into rock over a millennia of wind and water erosion. The longest, the Buckskin Gluch stretches for 12 miles.

Southwestern Slot canyons, USA

8: Tsingy of Bemaraha, Madagascar

A forest made of limestone needles and so dense that it is virtually impenetrable to humans.

Tsingy of Bemaraha in Madagascar

7: Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

A series of coral reefs that straddle the coast of Belize, it is the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere. Nearly 99% of its species remain undiscovered.

Belize barrier reef blue hole

6: Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, USA

The third largest spring in the world, its remarkable colours are produced by algae and bacteria.

5: Wulingyuan National Park, China

Home to over 3,000 gigantic sandstone columns with many over 200 cm high, Wulingyuan Park used to be an ancient tropical sea floor. Precisely the kind of jungle that Lara Croft would go exploring.

Wulingyuan National Park in China

4: Namib Desert, Namibia

Thought to be the oldest desert in the world, the Namib Desert is home to huge sand dunes, some as high as 380m.

3: Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

The world’s largest salt flat, with an area of about 4,000 square miles. When it rains, the salty crust transforms into a giant mirror.

salar de Uyuni, bolivia

2: Richat Structure, Mauritania

A mysterious 50km – wide geological feature in the Sahara Desert, believed to be caused by uplift and erosion rather than a meteor.

Richat Structure in Mauritania

1: Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

An isolated land form, around 33% of its plant life is indigenous to the area.

Socotra, Yemen


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