10. Devil’s Bridge (Located at Germany)
Rakotz Bridge is so pretty it could perhaps more aptly be called “fairy-tale bridge”. But its name, which means Devil’s Bridge, comes from its supernatural associations.
The looping structure, in the German town of Kromlau, forms a perfect circle with its watery reflection – a clever trick of engineering that some see as otherworldly.
9. Door to Hell (Located at Turkmenistan)
It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of – a gaping, fiery chasm tearing a hole in the Earth.
The Darvaza gas crater or Door to Hell opened in 1971. Engineers were drilling a natural gas field in the northern Turkmenistan desert when a portion collapsed into an underground cavern.
It was set alight to prevent gases from spreading, and it’s still burning decades later.
8. Stonehenge (Located at UK)
What was the purpose of this ancient icon? A burial ground? A winter solstice monument? A UFO landing site?
Okay, it’s probably not that last one. But Stonehenge’s purpose does remain a mystery. The farmers and herders who built the structure starting 5,000 years ago continued to add to it over a period of 700 years. They left no written records behind, only a circle of striking stones near what is today Salisbury, England.
7. Blood Falls (Located at Antarctica)
The world’s coldest and perhaps most enigmatic continent is home to a blood-red waterfall that seeps into the ice. Geologists originally thought the red colour was due to algae but the truth is actually much more interesting.
It started around two million years ago, when a saltwater pool was trapped inside Taylor Glacier.
The sealed, airless lake’s high iron content and salinity caused the rust-red colour that eventually oozed out of a fissure in the ice.
6. Uluru (located at Australia)
Uluru or Ayers Rock, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory, has beguiled people for centuries and is a sacred spot for Anangu people, with theories that it was formed by ancestral beings who shaped the world.
Science suggests the sandstone monolith began forming around 550 million years ago, and centuries of erosion and folding crafted its distinctive oval shape. Its red surface is due to oxidation, while “fresh” rock beneath is grey.
5. Magnetic Hill (located at Canada)
Cars roll backwards and, apparently, upwards after driving to the bottom of this so-called “magnetic hill” in Moncton, New Brunswick. But it isn’t actually defying the laws of gravity.
It’s one of several hills around the globe where what looks like an uphill incline. In fact, part of a larger downhill incline, causing an optical illusion, because there’s no view of the horizon for perspective. It’s now a major tourist attraction, marked by a huge sign.
4. Eternal Flame Falls (Located at New York, USA)
This is an (almost) eternal flame.
The bewitching orange-red glow that flickers behind this staggered waterfall, in New York’s Chestnut Ridge Park, is kept aflame by natural methane gas that seeps through cracks in the rock.
It’s occasionally extinguished by splashes but visitors can bring it back to life with a lighter.
3. The Lost City of Atlantis
Can it be one of the weirdest places on Earth if no one knows where it is and it’s actually just a legend? Let’s go with yes – after all, many people are convinced that there really was a peaceful utopia that sunk beneath the sea in time immemorial, and they’ve tried to pinpoint it in spots all over the world.
Even Google Earth once fed the legend with a data glitch that created a gridlike pattern on the ocean floor. Keen-eyed observers speculated that it might be the lost streets of Atlantis.
2. Richat Structure (Located at Mauritania, North Africa)
- The Richat Structure is an eroded rock formation spread in a circular format, found in the country of Mauritania in the Western Sahara, in Africa.
- The ‘Richat Structure’ is also known as the ‘Eye of the Sahara’, ‘Eye of Africa’, ‘blue eye of Africa’, ‘Earth’s bulls-eye’ and the ‘Guelb er Richat’.
- The Richat Structure has a diameter of approximately 48 kilometres (30 miles), and is best viewed from the sky or space.
- Both sedimentary rock, like quartzite and sandstone, and igneous rock make up the Richat Structure, while the latter form dykes, sills and rings within the outer rim.
- It was originally thought that the Richat Structure was created by an asteroid impact, due to the circular shape and mistaken evidence.
- The Richat Structure is generally blue in colour, although its vividness depends on the angle of the photograph or viewing point.
- The Richat Structure is believed to have been formed by constant erosion of a volcanic dome over thousands of years.
- The Richat Structure can be visited by tourists, and one of the most common activities is four-wheel drive tours.
- Due to its size and features, the Richat Structure has commonly been used as a reference point from space, by astronauts.
- The Richat Structure has the appearance of an eye, hence some of the common names for the formation; and its appearance has lead to numerous parodic works of the feature.
1. Bermuda Triangle (situated at section of the North Atlantic Ocean, North America)
What secrets lurk in the triangle of ocean between Florida’s southern tip, Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico?
The Bermuda triangle is said to gobble up ships and airplanes without a trace.
Slight problem with the legend: Most of the “mysterious disappearances” cited by believers weren’t mysterious at all, but occurred during storms or didn’t even sink within the triangle’s borders.