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From the great blue hole near Belize, to the mythical and mysterious Nazca Lines in Peru, these are the 20 STRANGEST Locations on Earth !
The Catacombs of Paris -- There’s a network of old quarry tunnels underneath the streets of Paris, and it’s thought to constitute the final resting place of some six million Parisians, the majority of whom are anonymous … That’s because during the 18th and 19th centuries, random skulls and bones were extracted from the city’s overcrowded graveyards. Today, the bones are arranged in a more orderly, if creepy fashion. Authorities arranged the bones in their modern macabre manner when the site’s potential as a tourist attraction was recognized. Did you know urban explorers who frequent the catacombs are called cataphiles?
Fly Geyser -- This almost looks like a Photoshop effort, so something from a sci-fi movie. But this located on the edge of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, and was actually created in 1964, when an energy company accidentally drilled into geothermic waters … and today, a scalding fountain shoots up to five feet high. The resultant mineral buildup allows the colorful cone to grow several inches each year. Those amazing colors are said to be due to thermophilic algae.
Whale Bone Alley -- Yttygran (et-tie-gran) Island located in frozen Siberia has become a hotspot for tourists. In 1976 archaeologists discovered bowhead whale bones over 600 years old standing in the ground, and running parallel for some 1800 feet along the northern shoreline. The so-called alley consists of carefully arranged whale bones and skulls, stones, and a large number of meat storage pits. It’s thought that indigenous tribes used the site for sporting contests and initiation rituals.
Bermuda Triangle -- Also called the Devil’s Triangle, the infamous half-billion square mile area has long been shrouded in mystery and is the source of many myths. There are plenty of stories to excite the imaginations of conspiracy theorists involving planes, ships and people who have vanished here, never to be seen or heard from again. Did you know the US coast guard disputes the existence of any such area?
Ruakuri (roo-ah-kurry) Cave -- The images of electric blue light against a dark background can make you think of looking at stars in the night sky. But those scenes are inside a cave … Ruakuri Cave in New Zealand is home to countless glow worms that hang over a pool of water … They create a surreal luminescence that is bright enough to highlight creases in the limestone cave. Only adult females and larvae emit the magical glow … the light attracts male worms for mating and attracts other insects for the larvae to eat.
The Wave -- It looks like a picture of the Martian landscape, but this amazing sight is hidden deep in the desert of Arizona. The formation called the Wave is made of sand dunes that over time turned into rock. Thought to be 190 million years old, the horizontal and vertical layers are the result of the sand dunes on top of each other and solidified by deposits of calcium salts. The twisty, otherworldly sights are found somewhere in Arizona’s Vermilion (ver-milly-on) Cliffs Wilderness Area. It’s a beautiful sight, but don’t go searching for it … a special permit is needed to access the spectacular spot.
Salar de Uyuni (sailor day eye-ooney), Bolivia -- Is this guy actually walking on water? No … but it sure looks like it! This is one of the flattest regions on the planet. When the salt flats are covered with a thin layer of water during the rainy season, it creates an amazing mirror image optical illusion! This area of Bolivia comprises the largest salt flats in the world, at over 4,000 square miles … and is known to contain at least half of the world’s lithium reserves.
The Door To Hell -- In 1971, a site in Derweze (Der-wizz), Turkmenistan was identified by Soviet engineers as a potentially large oil field site. While drilling for oil, they instead hit one of the world’s largest gas reserves. Because of concerns that poisonous gases released from the cavern could travel to nearby towns, the engineers decided to burn the gas off … figuring it would burn itself out within a few weeks. That was over 40 years ago, and the fire is still going strong! Nicknamed “The Door to Hell” the natural gas crater, it has since become a hotspot for tourists!
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