When it comes to discovering the unknown, most of us tend to focus on the things that lie beyond the planet Earth. However, there are thousands of places on our planet that remains uncovered and unexplored by many people, and some may be home to the strangest phenomena and occurrences.
These are several strange places on Earth that you may want to learn more about or visit in the future.
Lake Hillier, Western Australia
Located at the southern border of Middle Island, the largest island in Australia, Lake Hillier is known for the pink color of its waters.
Its surreal color is due to the abundance of an organism called Dunaliellasalina in the lake, which is usually found in places where there is a lot of salt. The organism is sometimes turned into food supplements and is consumed by humans due to having antioxidants that help fight toxins in the body.
Because of the lake’s salty water, it was used during the 19th century for salt mining. However, the enterprise around Lake Hillier was soon shut down after finding out that the water is too toxic to get salt from.
The Bermuda Triangle, sometimes called the Devil’s Triangle, is located between Puerto Rico to the southeast, Bermuda to the northeast, and the tip of Florida to the west. It has been called the Devil’s triangle due to the belief that something evil is lurking beneath its waters, and it can sink ships, destroy airplanes, and make people disappear once they get stranded inside the triangle.
While many still believe this myth, researches have suggested that disasters and tragedies keep happening in the Bermuda triangle because of frequent storms and extreme waves developing within the location. Some even say that the disappearances and incidents that are believed to have happened in the Bermuda triangle didn’t even happen within the triangle at all.
Tianzi Mountain, China
The Tianzi Mountain is situated in the Hunan Province of China and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country because of its spectacular rock formations that look like pillars that are reaching the heavens.
The pillars are made up of quartz sandstone and are believed to have formed 400 million years ago because of the unusual movement of the Earth’s crust. Because of the constant erosion happening during those years, the tougher quartz sandstone still stood while the softer rocks or geodes sunk, which led to the formation of the pillars.
Also, Tianzi Mountain gives off an eerie vibe because of the thick fog that forms during rainy months in China. July is the best month to visit the Tianzi Mountain, as it is during that month that the mist is pleasant to look at.
Red Beach, China
Another strange place located in China, the Red Beach of Panjin is famous for its abundance of the red plant scientifically named Suaeda salsa that makes the landscape red.
Besides its magnificent sea of red plants, the Red Beach also has more than 500 kinds of animals that live within it. Because of its rich ecological community, the government of China has proclaimed the Red Beach as a state-level nature protection area, making certain spots in the land inaccessible for tourists to preserve its ecology.
Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
Known as the oldest and largest in all three pyramids found in Giza, this incredible structure was built around 2580 to 2560 BC, the golden age of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
The Great Pyramid of Giza belongs to the Seven Wonders of the World, a list of the most breathtaking human-made structures around the world.
No one is sure how that pyramid was constructed, and what’s interesting about it is that it is built by only using primitive tools. Building a pyramid resembling the pyramids of Giza can be quite tedious nowadays, so how were the ancient Egyptians able to create one of the most massive structures in the world in a span of 10 to 20 years when industrial tools and vehicles weren’t even invented during that period?
One theory suggests that the Egyptian elites were able to amass more than 40,000 slave workers to build the pyramid. Interestingly, some even theorized that extraterrestrial beings helped the Egyptians create the pyramid using their high-tech gadgets and ships.
Most people today may be familiar with the Stonehenge due to its appearance in millions of Windows XP laptops, but some of them might not know its mysterious history and construction.
It is said that the Stonehenge was built 5,000 years ago, but today, nobody knows exactly why it was built, how it was built, and who built it.
Similar to the Great Pyramid of Giza, the monument in England is also theorized to be constructed using primitive tools, but the methods used by the builders to move the rocks and stack them to that location remains a mystery. Also, there are no records detailing the purpose and function of the Stonehenge, but many suggest that it was used to perform religious rituals.
Dubbed “the most alien-looking place on Earth,” the island of Socotra, located to the southeast of Yemen, is home to dozens of endemic species, which means that these species can only be found on the island.
The most popular endemic plant found in Socotra is the dragon blood tree that has strange branches densely packed in the tree’s crown to form an umbrella-looking structure. It is called dragon blood because of its resin’s dark red color.
Another endemic plant in the island is the cucumber tree, which has a big trunk and a small crown, a feature peculiar in most trees.
Chocolate Hills, Philippines
These strange hills found in Bohol, Philippines have become a famous tourist attraction due to how beautiful the perfectly-shaped hills look from a distance.
It is suggested that more than 1,000 hills were formed in the area due to the constant rainfall and erosion that happened for thousands of years.
During the wet season in the Philippines, the grass covering the hills are green, but when the dry season comes, the grass dries up and reveals the chocolate color of the hills’ soil. Locals have compared the Chocolate Hills’ appearance to Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses, a popular brand of chocolate.
Which of these bizarre places would you like to visit? Just be careful and be respectful to your surroundings when you go to these locations, so don’t litter and don’t touch things or go to places that are prohibited. Keeping these places neat and tidy is essential to retain their beauty and allow them to be seen and appreciated for a thousand more years.