We all love what astronauts and space agencies around the world achived in the last 50 years, but what they discovered and what they managed to see thanks to space telescopes it can also be seen on our lovely planet, Earth. Here are somo of the most amazing places on Earth that look like they are from another planet.
- Wadi Rum, Jordan
Wadi Rum, known also as the Valley if the Moon, is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60km to the east of Aqaba, it is the largest wadi in Jordan.
Wadi Rum has been in habited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures, including the Nabataeans, leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti and temples. In the 1980s one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum, originally known as Jabal al-Mazmar ( The Mountain of the Plague ), was named “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,” after Lawance’s book penned in the aftermath of the war, though the “Seven Pillars” referred to in the book have no connection with Rum.
- Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert, Nevada
Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser is a small geothermal geyser located on private land in Washoe County, Nevada, about 20 miles north of Gerlach. Fly Geyser is located near the edge of Fly Reservoir in the Hualapai Geothermal Flats and is approximately 5 feet high by 12 feet wide, counting the mound on which it sits.
In 2016, the non-profit Burning Man Project purchased the 3.800 acres Fly Ranch, including the geyser, for 6.5 million. The Burning Man Project began offering limited public access to the proprety in May 2018. The geyser contains thermophilic algae, which flourish in moist, hot environments, resulting in multiple hues of green and red, coloring the rocks.
- Bromo Volcano, East Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2329 meters it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the best known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia.
- Lake Natron, Monduli, Tanzania
Lake Natron is a salt or soda lake in Arusha region in Tanzania. It is the Gregory Rift, which is the eastern branch of the East African Rift. The lake is within the Lake Natron Basin, a Ramsar Site wetland of international significance.
The lake is fed principally by the Southern Ewaso Ng’iro River, which rises in central Kenya and by mineral-rich hot springs.It is quite shallow, less than three meters deep and varies in width depending on its water level.
The lake is a maximum 57 kilometers long and 22 kilometers wide.The sorrounding area receives irregolar seasonal rainfall, mainly between December and May tottaling 800 millimiters per year.
- Glowworm caves, Waitomo, New Zealand
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves attraction is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand.It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa,a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. The cave is part of the Waitomo caves system that includes the Raukuri Cave and the Aranui Cave.