Most of the time Mother Nature can be pretty boring: a hill here, a tree grove there, the occasional berry patch. Every once in a while the natural processes at work can meet at bizarre angles, forming landscapes that bewilder and beguile — Mother Nature’s believe-it-or-nots. With no further ado, we present the six most bizarre natural landscapes:
Rio Tinto River, Spain
The blood-red waters of the Rio Tinto River run through the mountainous terrain of Andalusia. The highly acidic, poisonous river – tainted by iron dissolved in the water – is the culmination of thousands of years of human mining.
The sprawling region of Cappadocia is a unique maze of natural and man-made marvels. It was formed thousands of years ago by erupting volcanoes blanketing the valley, and fierce winds and rain shaping the surrounding rocks. Over time, inhabitants carved caves, houses and churches into the rocks, establishing the culturally, visually and historically rich region Cappadocia is today.
Blood Pond Hot Spring, Japan
Located in the town of Beppu, Japan, the Blood Pond Hot Spring is the result of high concentration of iron salts in the area. With the red-colored water, the 90 degree temperature, and the surrounding steam, even the locals refer to the area as hell.