11 of the World’s Most Otherworldly Landscapes

The earth is a strange and wondrous place, where natural occurrences are sometimes so odd they seem almost alien. Here are 11 natural formations that can be found on earth, but are out of this world.

1-Blood-Falls Peter Rejcek; National Science Foundation

Blood Falls, Antarctica

The grisly formation known as Blood Falls,  where red, blood-like water trickles out of an Antarctic glacier is a delightfully gory and natural phenomenon. The salty groundwater is rich in microbes, full of iron (which rusts when exposed to oxygen) and is thought to be at least 2 million years old. Scientists say the landscape is similar to that of Mars and wonder if it could hold the key to discovering more about life on the red planet.

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Danxia Landform, China

The beautiful striped red, blue and yellow mountains that make up the Danxia Landform in China look like a surreal painting, but were formed from layers of minerals over 24 million years that were then squashed together by tectonic plates. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2010.

3-Spotted-LakeRowdy Soetisna / Shutterstock

Spotted Lake, Canada

This mineral-rich lake in British Columbia is known as a sacred medicine lake to the local Okanagan First Nations People and is thought to have healing properties. The high salt levels cause depressions to form in the grass, creating salt-lined “spots” on the lake’s surface. In addition to being used for healing, the lake was also used to produce ammunition during World War I.



Mini Guide to South Africa

South Africa is the southernmost country in the African continent with a population of approximately 56 million people (24th most populous nation). It has a coastline of nearly 2,800 kilometers being part of both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. It has a difficult history of racial segregation (apartheid) and massive inequality, despite having the seventh…

The Best Coffee Roasters in the USA

While it’s true that most coffee beans come from farms in Africa and South America, there are plenty of American coffee roasters who are doing amazing things with these beans and turning them into unique products with a little time, patience, and heat. Today, we’re going to explore the best coffee roasteries in the United States, and how you can find their beans. If you’re a coffee fan, make sure to keep this list handy when you’re planning your next vacation as a bag of freshly-roasted coffee is a great souvenir.

Picture Perfect Places to Say “I Do”

Your wedding day should be memorable, as it’s the day you’ve probably been thinking of for years. Getting married abroad is perhaps the best way to ensure that your wedding is perfect, free of the distractions that come with a local wedding. And afterward, the location you pick will hold a special place in your heart.