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39 locations around the world that could be from another planet
Posted on 01/06/2016

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You don't need to travel to outer space to see otherworldly landscapes in real life. Our very own Planet Earth is home to some mind-blowing alien-like scenes if you know where to find them...

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  • Fly Geyser, Nevada, United States
    Fly Geyser, Nevada, United States

    Nestled on a patch of private land in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, the Fly Geyser is one of the state's lesser-known attractions. A collision of human error and natural geothermal pressure created this rainbow-colored geologic wonder which spews waters about five feet high.

  • Dallol volcano, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia
    Dallol volcano, Danakil Depression, Ethiopia

    Dallol volcano is located in the Danakil Depression in North East Ethiopia. Mud, salt, iron stains, halophile algae and hot spring activity produce a colorful but dangerous landscape in the Dallol craters. It is located 269 feet below sea level in a remote area subject to the highest average temperatures on the planet.

  • Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
    Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

    Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat, located amid the Andes in southwest Bolivia. It is the legacy of a prehistoric lake that went dry, leaving behind a large desert-like landscape of bright-white salt, rock formations and cacti-studded islands.

  • Death Valley, California, United States
    Death Valley, California, United States

    Death Valley is the lowest, hottest, driest portion of the North American continent. It is a land of extremes with snow frosted peaks, rare rainstorms that bring vast fields of wildflowers, and the highest recorded temperature on Earth.

  • White Desert, Farafra depression, Egypt
    White Desert, Farafra depression, Egypt

    The White Desert is justifiably the most well-known desert destination in Egypt due to the quantity of unearthly and beautiful wind-carved rock formations shaped in the form of giant mushrooms or pebbles.

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We often become bored of our own surroundings and fantasise about planets far, far away. But it may surprise you to discover that all of these exotic locations are here on Planet Earth. The world is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary that you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd landed on an alien planet.

Scattered across all continents of the globe, these fascinating caves, volcanoes, deserts, glaciers, mountains and lakes are sure to blow your mind. No need for a spacesuit or spaceship, just a plane ticket and sense of adventure!

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