8 Beautiful & Bizarre Landscapes (Slideshow)


Sometimes Mother Nature creates landscapes so fantastical that it is hard to believe they’re even real. Check out some of the most out-of-this-world landscapes on Earth.

Leave some other unusual and beautiful landscapes that aren’t covered on this list in the comments section!

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1. Stone Forest, China

Covering over 150 square miles, China’s stone forest contains some amazing limestone pillars that range from 16 to to nearly 100 feet tall. From far away, the pillars do look like trees, thus the stone forest’s name.

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2. Mima Mounds, Washington State

Everything from gophers to earthquakes has been proposed as possible reasons for the mysterious mima mounds. The eerily uniform 4-6 feet tall mounds that dot the Western Washington prairie almost seem lunar.

Photo Credit: Mitchell Vorwerk


3. Pamukkale, Turkey

A popular tourist destination, the hot springs of Pamukkale, Turkey, have been bathed in for thousands of years. The tourist infrastructure surrounding the hot springs was demolished after its recent naming as a World Heritage Site.

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4. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

The spherical boulders that dot the beaches of New Zealand were once underwater, and, after 4-5.5 million years and as many as 165 feet of mud later, exposed to the elements. Maori legend points to the boulders as the remains of fruits and vegetables that washed ashore after a canoe wreck.


5. Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

The Bisti Badlands are a little-visited wilderness area in the high desert lands of Northwestern New Mexico. Plants and wildlife are few and far between in the Bisti Badlands — instead, the desert is dotted with unusual rock formations.

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6. Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania

Though they may look like rice paddies, the tessellated pavement of Eaglehawk Neck is actually flat sedimentary rock that, due to erosion and seismic activity, formed into tile-like pavement.

By JJ Harrison via Wikimedia Commons


7. Dallol Volcano, Ethiopia

The lowest volcano on land in the world and the hottest place on earth, sulfur, iron hydroxide and ferris chloride color the unusual landscape of the Dallol Volcano.


8. Chocolate Hills, The Philippines

Somewhere between 1,200-1,700 hills dot the landscape of Bohol, Philippines. Underneath the grass, the “hills” are actually limestone. The name is derived from the hill’s appearance during the dry season — the grass turns brown and the hills look distinctly like chocolate kisses!

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Dave C.
David C.8 months ago

thanks again

Dave C.
David C.about a year ago


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Kate R.
Past Member 2 years ago

Beautiful & bizarre, let's hope they remain to be enjoyed by future generations.

Lady Kaira
None None2 years ago

wow thank you

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Protect what we've got anyway

Cynthia B.
cynthia AWAY b.2 years ago

beautiful How amazing these spots are

Carol S.
Carol S.2 years ago

Thanks! Incredible!

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Amazing landscapes,thanks for sharing

Katja S.
Katja S.3 years ago

Salar de Uyuni should have been on here too! Salt flat in Bolivia. When there is water on the surface it reflects the sky as clearly as a mirror!