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There are a few natural wonders of the world we know. But on the other hand, there are a few unknown natural wonders. They remain the largest great mysteries that are unexplainable. 

natural wonders of the world

It is believed that the advancement of science has made it easy to get rational explanations for many of the world’s landscapes. But still, there are a few mysterious places around the globe that remains hard to explain. 

Maybe as they are hidden, you might have skipped those locations to visit the most popular ones. But if you really want to know about those mysterious natural wonders of the world, this article will help you. 

The natural wonders of the world

There is a range of painted deserts to ice-carved caves. There are remarkable geological formations, waterfalls, and caves hiding in plain sight and you will find collapsed sea cave that sucks in water like a drain and spits it back out 40 feet into the air. 

Bisti Badlands/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico

This rises out of the ancient landscape of the Navajo Nation. It offers some rather unusual scenery and the closest visuals of a mysterious alien planet or a fictional fantasy world. Once it was a river delta at the edge of the primordial sea but once the water went back, a 1,400-foot layer of sandstone, mudstone, shale, and coal was left behind. 

Bisti Badlands/De-Na-Zin Wilderness, New Mexico

It is actually a huge area filled with crazy rock formations resembling everything from spacecraft to furniture to alien eggs. There are no trails and no vehicles because it is a wilderness area, and the only way to see it is to walk on in and start exploring.

Some of the rocks look very much like eggs that sit on a dish or embryonic alien life forms emerging from the shell. The alien egg rocks are ones where each decorated with a different pattern on their surface. Some have a wonderful pattern that seems very deliberate like carved in the hand. 

Richat Structure, Mauritania

This is a strange natural formation located in the heart of the Sahara Desert. This became widely known when we began sending humans into space. This 50-km-diameter circular Richat structure is one of those geological features that are more clearly observed from space than from down on the ground. 

First, it was believed to be the result of a meteor impact,  but then it is believed the Richat structure was caused by the process of geological uplift followed by erosion from wind and water. 

It is dubbed the Eye of the Sahara as it appears to be gazing out to other planets. The Richat Structure was first captured on camera by astronauts on NASA’s Gemini IV mission in 1965. It’s thought that only a handful of local people previously knew of the geological oddity, which spans a 25-mile (40km) region in Mauritania, northwest Africa.

Neskowin Ghost Forest, Oregon

Neskowin Ghost Forest

It is believed that this ghost forest was formed in the 1700s. A cataclysmic earthquake hit the Oregon coastline, where an entire forest of Sitka Spruces submerged for more than three centuries. The intense storms of 1997-98, El Nino, revealed more than 100 timeworn stumps. 

The stumps are now covered in barnacles, mussels, and other sea life. Some of the larger stump centers have been eroded creating shallow pools where you can sometimes see crabs and other small fish waiting for the tide to comb back in and release them back into the ocean. 

The old stumps were hidden for centuries below the sand. Every few decades, they were only visible above the surf briefly. Speculations were done by scientists and geologists who found that the ancient trees were carbon-dated back to around 2,000 years. It fell due to a major earthquake in the area in 1700.

As the ocean water hurried in, it buried the chopped trees in the mud. This then warded off decay and left very well-preserved forest remains for future generations to enjoy. The unearthing has consistently revealed this ghostly forest for the past 20+ years, making it very common to see during low tide.

Caño Cristales River, Colombia

Caño Cristales located in Colombia’s Serranìa de la Macarena National Park is dubbed the “river of five colors,” “liquid rainbow,” or “melted rainbow”. There are many hues you can see beneath its clear waters.

In certain water and light conditions, a few colors like green, red, yellow, and purple may appear to flow down the river. Sometimes, the river can also appear bright blue, hot pink, orange, or deep maroon.

The river is mostly ordinary from December through May. But in June, it transforms into vibrant colors and remains through late November. It actually takes place because of a combination of algae, mineral deposits, and the presence of the endemic plant species Macarenia clavígera.

This flowering water plant is incredibly rare and grows only in a few tropical climates of the world. This river remained a mythical and forbidden mystery. For ages, the river has been known to indigenous locals, but it was not discovered by modern society until 1969 when a group of Colombian cattle farmers stumbled across the river in full bloom. 

The Colombian national army sought out the guerilla hideout and the battles that followed turned the entire area into a virtual war zone. It was mostly unknown to the public and in the 1980s, it became prohibited to go there. 

Punalu’u beach, Hawaii

Punalu’u beach, Hawaii

This is one of the natural wonders of the world, known for being completely black. It is located on the south side of the Big Island close to Na’alehu town and Pahala in the Kau district. Punalu’u in Hawaiian translates into Spring water that comes from underwater aquafers in the ground that bubble up to the surface in the ocean beach area. 

This black sand beach was formed when lava flowed from the nearby Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes into the ocean. The rapid cooling of the lava solidified and shattered into the tiny pieces of rock that line its shores today.

This area was used for multiple uses by the ancient Hawaiians and it served as a port location, which is a place of tributes and offerings. Ancient Hawaiians would actually dive into the bay with gourds and collect fresh water from the underground aquifers for water to drink and use. 

Punalu’u was also a port city with a large pier used to transport sugar cane but it also was with constant ocean turbulence, tsunamis, and severe shoreline erosion. 

Bioluminescent Bay, Maldives

This is the best natural wonder in the world and is known as the glowing beach, for its world-famous sea of stars. It is located on Vaadhoo Island, one of the islands of Raa Atoll in the Maldives.

A natural phenomenon caused by bioluminescent organisms turns the beach into a glowing sea of stars. The beach is actually bioluminescent but is commonly referred to as a glowing beach. It looks like a chemical spill but is perfectly safe. 

The bioluminescent organisms which are called the ostracod crustaceans emit light and set the beach light like stars. The explosion makes the beach look like it has been hit by blue radioactive fairy dust. The waves wash ashore making the sand start glowing. 

The phytoplankton emits light for no more than a second, while ostracods make the magic last for seconds to even a minute or longer.

Salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia

Salt flats of Uyuni, Bolivia

Bolivia has a lot of natural wonders including the world’s largest salt flat. It is in the southwestern part of the country, the Salar de Uyuni, delivering 4,086 square miles of glistening white salt. Simply it is a huge area where the ground is entirely salt, making it the largest Salt Flat in the whole world. 

Although it is mostly flat, the destination sits on the Altiplano at 11,995 feet above sea level and expects chilly temperatures when the sun goes down. 

These were created by prehistoric evaporated lakes and left behind salt. The salt is a couple of meters thick and this area is said to be the flattest place on earth. Between January and March, the salt flats are closed due to flooding.  

Approximately 30,000 to 42,000 years ago, the Salar was completely underwater and thousands of years later, that lake dried and separated into several smaller lakes, one of which dried up and formed the Salar. 

Magnetic Hill, Ladakh, India

This is one of the natural wonders of the world located in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir extending from the Kunlun mountain range to the Himalayas. It is a remote high desert valley known for historic medieval temples, Buddhist monasteries, and rugged terrain. 

This is known as a magnetic hill, which is a gravity-defying phenomenon located at an elevation of 14,000 feet. It is one of the natural wonders because the location produces the optical illusion that a slight downhill slope appears to be an uphill slope. Where a vehicle left out of gear will appear to be rolling uphill. 

There are different theories for this phenomenon. The most common one is that the hill has a strong magnetic force and this is why it pulls the vehicles in the vicinity.  

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