12 stunning places on Earth that resemble extraterrestrial landscapes

JAN 28, 2020 AT 01:51 PM

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Nature has created scenic masterpieces so unreal they look like alien landscapes. Check out these twelve jaw-dropping images from around the world that will make you feel like you just visited another planet.

 

1. New Croton Dam

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New Croton Dam

This dam may only be 22 miles away from New York, but few have ever seen the magical image of endless tumbling cascades tumbling into the mist. It opened in 1906 and is New York's primary water supply.

 

2. Fly Geyser, Nevada

Fly Geyser, Nevada

With its brilliant rainbow colors, this magnificent geyser looks like a surreal prop from a science fiction movie. Nothing has been touched except for the drilling and insertion of a water pump.

 

3. The River of Five Colors, Colombia

The River of Five Colors, Colombia

This river is also called the Liquid Rainbow because of its gorgeous, vivid colors. The colors-red, green, blue, yellow, and even black, are created by a unique species of plants that grow on both sides of the river.

 

4. Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale, Turkey

Located in the central part of Turkey, this magical place is the most popular tourist destination in the country. The Pamukkale baths form stunning terraced pools known for their therapeutic thermal waters. However, the Turkish government now struggles to save this natural wonder due to an influx of tourists.

 

5. The Beachy Head Chalk Cliff, England

The Beachy Head Chalk Cliff, England

This magnificent natural chalk cliff is known for an ethereal appearance that seems to float among the clouds. It's one of the most famous spots in England for photographers and tourists.

 

6. Lake Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands, Denmark

Lake Sørvágsvatn, Faroe Islands, Denmark

A stunning volcano lake perched above the sea, lake Sørvágsvatn is a unique geological formation that looks like it stepped out of a fairy tale.

 

7. Underwater Waterfall, Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius

Underwater Waterfall, Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius

Tourists at Mauritius frequently hire a helicopter to visit this jaw-dropping waterfall off the coast of the island. Currents flowing into the ocean abyss create the magical illusion of water flowing into the depths.

 

8. Ice Cave near Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia

Ice Cave near Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia

The combination of freezing temperates and a warm volcanic base has created this surreal ice cap that resembles ocean waves. Turned a jewel-blue when sunlight strikes the ice, the cave could easily be the landscape of an alien world.

 

9. Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia

Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia

The Danakil depression is a result of the formation of the Dallol Volcano millions of years ago. An abundance of sulfur and andesite in the soil have created this colorful if smelly, landscape.

 

10. Hillier Lake, Australia

Hillier Lake, Australia

Australia is known for its striking landscape and formidable wildlife. One of its most striking natural features is Hillier Lake. In 2016, scientists discovered a water plant that creates the lake's unusual candy-pink color. The lake is also extremely salty but is a protected landmark.

 

11. Tree River, Iceland

ree River, Iceland

Iceland is famous for its many natural wonders. The Tree River resembles massive branches pouring into the sea. This is caused by a special type of clay that turns brown and thick when dissolved into the water. Because this water is heavier than seawater, it forms stunning rivulets resembling a tree.

 

12. Reflection Canyon, Utah, USA

Reflection Canyon, Utah, USA

Utah offers some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Reflection Canyon is one such gem. At 15.7 miles long, it's a gorgeous landscape of colorful, sculpted canyons reflected in the pristine water. It also boasts one of the most dangerous tourist trails in the country. There are no roads, so access is only by boat or helicopter.