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10 awe-inspiring natural wonders around the world: in pictures

Feast your eyes and your imagination on this collection of the 10 most spectacular natural sights on the planet. And yes, all of these are real.
Plitvice Lakes, Croatia - 10 most amazing natural wonders of the world: in pictures

Explore 10 breathtaking natural landscapes without leaving your sofa

1. Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA

Fly Geyser in Nevada, USA - 10 amazing natural wonders of the world

Our virtual tour of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders starts with Nevada’s Fly Geyser. OK, this geyser isn’t 100% natural, but it was formed by accident. In 1964 drilling for sources of geothermal energy caused minerals to rise up into the strange-but-true form you can still admire today.

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2. Great Blue Hole, Belize

Aerial image of the Great Blue Hole, Belize

This oddity is definitely all-natural. The hole, 300 meters across and up to 125 meters deep, is one of the best places on Earth for scuba diving.

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3. Plitvicer Seen, Croatia

The 16 Plitvice Lakes in Croatia are arranged in steps, linked by waterfalls. You can explore them on walkways like in the photo, or by boat.

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4. Zangye Danxia, China

Zangye Danxia, China - 10 amazing natural wonders of the world

The sandstone landforms of Zangye Danxia come in idiosyncratic and colourful formations, their layers revealing thousands upon millions of years of history and prehistory.

5. Striped icebergs, Antarctica

Striped icebergs, Antarctica - 10 amazing natural wonders of the world

Antarctica pretty much has freehold on ‘out-of-this-world’ natural wonders, as long as you like your wonders to come in white, or maybe blue, or in some cases, stripes.

6. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell is a natural wonder in Karakum desert, Turkmenistan

In a story that recalls the creation of the Fly Geyser, the Door to Hell – a natural wonder in Turkmenistan’s Karakum Desert – has been burning brightly for over 40 years, ever since geologists tried to burn off natural gases discovered when drilling at the site.

7. Côte d’Albâtre, France

You might’ve heard of the White Cliffs of Dover, but how about the ‘White Cliffs of Normandy’, one of France’s most breathtaking natural wonders? The chalk-white Alabaster Coast stretches for 80 miles, rising in cliffs up to 100m high and forming odd structures like the arch at Étretat.

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8. Bryce Canyon, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon in Utah, USA - one of the world's most breathtaking natural wonders

There is of course the much-more-famous Grand Canyon, but Bryce Canyon, sitting at over 2000 meters above sea level in Utah, is very much a natural wonder of the world with its pyramid-like rock formations. And it’s not actually a canyon…

9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Panorama of the reflecting surface of the lake Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Do not adjust your set. The largest salt lake in the world (covering 10,582 square kilometers, to be precise) resembles a mirror-smooth frozen lake, making possible perception-perplexing photos like this. Salar de Uyuni has to be one of the most beautiful, and mind-bending natural landscapes in the world.

10. Pamukkale, Turkey

Travertine terrace formations, Pamukkale, Turkey - 10 amazing natural wonders of the world

The surreal beauty of these mineral hot springs in Denizli Province in south-west Turkey draws so many tourists that access is now restricted in the hope that its natural wonder will be preserved for many more people to admire.

*Adapted from an original article by Nina Neissl

10 amazing natural wonders of the world – at a glance

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia - 10 breathtaking natural wonders of the world
What? Where?
Fly GeyserNevada, USA
Great Blue HoleBelize
Plitvicer SeenCroatia
Zangye DanxiaChina
Striped icebergsAntarctica
The Door to HellTurkmenistan
Côte d’AlbâtreFrance
Bryce CanyonUtah, USA
Salar de UyuniBolivia