Who knew Mother Nature had so many tricks up her sleeve?
In Brazil, an underwater sinkhole was formed from an eroded limestone cave during the most recent glacial period. Now the aerial view reveals a dark blue circle in the middle of the ocean that’s basically a scuba diver’s dream come true.
02. Bigar Waterfall
The water on this waterfall in Romania rolls off of a green carpet of moss that covers the rock formation — which results in a magically soft display, much unlike a roaring waterfalls.
The name of this hot spring in New Zealand is a nod to the carbon dioxide in the water, which causes a bubbling effect similar to everyone’s New Year’s Eve beverage of choice.
This geothermal spa is one of the biggest attractions in Iceland for good reason: The water is warm enough to swim in even when it’s freezing outside, and it’s also rich in minerals like silica and algae that give it its bright blue color.
There’s a reason this African waterfall is one of the most famous in the world: It’s located on the fourth largest river in Africa (the Zambezi) and is the only waterfall in the world with a length that reaches more than a kilometer and a height of more than a hundred meters.
Since these particular glowworms are unique to New Zealand, the stunning, luminescent light they give off in pitch black caves are famous across the world.
Sure, this Yellowstone National Park hot spring is the largest in the United States. But we’d also argue it’s also the most beautiful. The rainbow-like discoloration is a result ofpigmented archaea in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the water.
The reason this Australian lake is pink is still not fully understood, but many thing it’s a result of dunaliella saline microlagae in the water (say that five times fast). However, you might be surprised to find out the pink color is less less accentuated from surface level.
From the flat top of this South American mountain, to the clouds that look almost like a blanked wrapped around it, the Tepui Mountain rock formation is one-of-a-kind and boasts some of the oldest sedimentary rocks on the planet.
OK, so you’ve heard of this one. But have you ever really looked at it? This canyon (also the 15th oldest national park of the U.S.) was craved into Arizona by the Colorado River and is a known for its unparalled size — it’s a whopping 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide.
This famous sandstone rock formation is located near the Arizona-Utah border and features bands of red, pink, yellow, and white arches that are a result of windblown sand.
In the forests of Ukraine you’ll find this tunnel that provides a passageway for a private train. It’s only 1.8 miles long, is a reminder of what happens to nature when it’s given free reign, and is the destination of lovers who who want to make a wish and have it come true.
This prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England is one of the world’s greatest puzzles: Scientists cannot figure out how a civilization without modern technology could build such a strong monument. And the green country setting that nearly 1 million people visit each year is just the cherry on top.
Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our top stories.