Daily Archives: September 28, 2011

Weird World Wonders

The Racetrack Playa, or The Racetrack, is a scenic dry lake feature with “sliding stones” that leave linear “racetrack” imprints. It is located above the northwestern side of Death Valley in California.  The stones move around though no one is quite sure how.

Racetrack Playa

Vroom Vroom - Racetrack Playa

 

Socotra, Yemen

The Island of Socotra in Yemen resembles someplace you’d expect to see aliens living in.  One of a handful of strange looking plants, the Dragon’s Blood Tree looks like broccoli and it’s resin is dark red.

Dragon's Blood trees

Dragon's Blood tree

 

The Chocolate Hills, Philippines

In the Philippines, on the island of Bohol you will find hundreds of limestone “domes” closely grouped together.  The domes are covered in grass that turns brown in the dry season hence the name “The Chocolate Hills” and a local legend claims that they were formed when giant buffalo ate too much.  There are numerous other legends surrounding their formation as well.

The Chocolate Hills

Chocolate?

 

Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a giant sinkhole off the coast of Belize that is around 1,000 feet across and more than 400 feet deep.  It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s not a black hole or anything and is considered one of the best scuba diving sites in the world.

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The Great Blue Hole

the great blue hole, Belize

 

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Located west of the Great Salt Lake, the Bonneville Salt Flats are a 30,000 acre area that has a layer of salt on it up to 5 feet thick in some places.  Estimates say the area contains 147 million tons of salt.

Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats

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Have you ever been to any of these weird world wonders?  Which one would you most like to visit?