#15 Bull’s-Eye, Sahara Desert, Mauritania
This place looks like it could be a weird hole on some far away planet that sucks in space ships to meet their doom. It is actually known as the Richat Structure and is a symmetrical uplift that has been laid bare by erosion.
#14 The Crater of Fire, Derweze, Turkmenistan
A large amount of underground gas has been burning here for over fifty years now, creating this glow of otherworldliness that kind of makes us think of a view down to Hell. The village of Derweze is located nearby.
#13 Iron Spring, Beppu, Japan
So this place may look like the Lake of Fire in the depths of Hell but it is actually just regular old water which has been stained red by a very high concentration of iron in the surrounding soil.
#12 The Meeting of Tectonic Plates, Ethiopia, Africa
It might be hard to decide of this looks like craters on another planet or if it does actually look like Earth, only seconds before the ground opens up to swallow humanity before the planet eventually explodes in a ball of fire…..too much?
#11 Geothermal Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua is quite famous for its sulphurous and bubbling hot pools of mud, acidity, alkalinity, salinity and pressure. Many people visit the place each year. So with that in mind, it probably doesn’t seem that otherworldly in comparison to some of the others. In excess of one thousand species of bacteria also live here.
#10 Melted Fort, Russia
This is a man-made place. Well, man shaped it at least. It used to be a storage place for highly flammable napalm-like substances in the 1970s, until it caught on fire and melted it to look like this.
#9 Old Slate Quarry, United Kingdom
This old quarry is mostly used as a diving spot these days but when the water is smooth, the reflection of the cliffs on the surface creates this evil image. It is merely a variation of when someone spotted an image of Jesus in their toast only you can’t sell this on eBay.
#8 Minerva Terrace, Yellowstone National Park, USA
One of the largest carbonate-deposits in the world is here at the Mammoth Hot Springs. This place is famous mostly thanks to the Minerva Terrace, which consists of travertine terraces.
#7 The Boiling and Steaming Earth, Iceland
This strange looking place may be stumbled upon in the Namaskar Pass region of Iceland which is located near the mountain known as Namafjall. It is a centre for geothermal activity and the area completely lacks vegetation.
#6 Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar
Now this place does look cool. It also looks quite dangerous. Despite this, and although not too many scientists have visited the place, it is known to be home to a lot of wildlife. The unusual shape of the razor sharp rocks was caused by the limestone eroding away from water.
#5 The Patagonian Ice Field, Argentina
This awesome-looking place is said to be the third-largest source of freshwater on the whole of planet Earth. It feeds in to glaciers and creates a dramatic scene of water, snow, ice amidst a vast natural landscape.
#4 Rio Tinto River, Spain
Doesn’t this place just look like it would be a whole world of mineral wealth? Well, it is. It has been mined for copper, silver, and gold since ancient times and all this mining has kind of left it looking like it could be a river on Mars.
We all know how massive Russia is so it should be no surprise that a lot of the magnificent and otherworldly places on our planet are situated in that country. The high levels of hydrogen sulphide make this lake radiant with a rich blue.
#2 Madidi National Park, Bolivia
This national park probably doesn’t seem like the ideal place for a family picnic when you hear what could be lurking beneath the canopies of its trees. Most things here are poisonous or can really hurt you, from the wild pigs on the loose to the flesh-eating parasites.
#1 Dry Valley Desert, Antarctica
Looks like we saved the best until last. This could easily be on another planet. That is, if it wasn’t situated at the bottom of ours. This is an ice-free section of Antarctica and of course, is classified as a desert given that Antarctica is the continent with the least rainfall.