Seven little known wonders of nature
Many of you have probably heard about the American Death Valley in which «creep» the stones, or about the Irish the giant’s Causeway, or about the amazing misty cliffs of China, which inspired Director James Cameron to bring that wonderful creation of nature in the form of the floating mountains in the movie «Avatar».
But there are miracles of nature, which speak and write much less. Although they are also extremely amazing and many of them even are not fully understood.
In Yunnan province on an area of 350 km2, lies «the stone forest» Shilin. Ancient rocks, caves, waterfalls and lakes create an atmosphere of the fairy world. According to legend, one young man decided to save the people from drought and to build the dam. The wizard gave him the whip and the rod to cut and move stone blocks.
But the instruments had magical power just before dawn. The young man didn’t finish the job, and huge monoliths remained scattered throughout the valley. Scientists believe that 200 million years ago on the «stone forest» was the sea. It was dry, and the amazing grandeur and beauty of the rock remained.
A-fly geyser, United States
Hard to believe, but this «fountain», as if descended from the pages of a book writer of science fiction, is not Jupiter, not Mars, but on Earth, in Nevada. «Flying» geyser spews jets of hot water to a height of 15 meters, forming a «mini-volcano» from mineral deposits.
Scientists say that roughly looked like the surface of our planet millions of years ago. The geyser is located on a private ranch, and to admire them, you need permission from the owner. But tourists are not stopping. People believe that if you wash with water from the geyser, the life will become bright and happy.
The Troll’s Tongue, Norway
Trolltunga, or Troll’s Tongue is an unusual stone ledge at an altitude of 350 meters on the mountain Skjeggedal. Why the language? And why Troll? As stated in the old Norse legend in those parts lived a Troll who was constantly tempting fate: dived in deep pools, leaping across the gap.
One day he decided to check whether it was true that the sun is deadly to trolls. At daybreak, he stuck out his tongue out of his cave and turned to stone… forever. The rock is a magnet for modern adventurers: to sit on the edge, do the flip to take a picture. Troll no, but his cause lives on!
Well of Torah USA
Natural crater with a diameter of 5 meters in the Strait of Cape Perpetua was named in honor of the God Thor. But more often it is called the «gateway to hell». The spectacle is really hellishly beautiful at high tide, the water quickly fills the well, and then suddenly «shoots» up twenty-foot fountain, creating a vortex of spray.
If the bottom lives a monster that is angry with pouring on him the water flows and pushes them back. But to find out what is actually inside the funnel, yet not possible — dip there is too dangerous.
Balls of Champ island, Russia
It is a place with mysterious stone spheres — island Champ, is in the Central part of Franz-Joseph (Arkhangelsk oblast). The whole coast is literally strewn with round stones size from a few centimeters to three meters.
Where they came from on a deserted island? It is believed that due to the melting of glaciers, the rocks fall into natural pools and socilise with water. But why only on this island? Among the supernatural version — the intervention of aliens and the fact that the stones are an artifact of some lost civilization.
Waterfall Herstal, USA
In Yosemite national Park, on the Eastern slope of the mountains, El Capitan, is a 650-foot waterfall. Most of the year it is unremarkable, but in February, falling streams of water turn into «lava flows».
Amazing natural phenomenon is due to the fact that at sunset the sunlight reflected in the waterfall, creating the visual illusion that the rocks flowing molten metal.
According to legend, on top of the mountain was the home of the blacksmith who made the best horseshoes in the area. But due to heavy rain the forge washed over the cliff. Since then, the waterfall once a year, «recalls» on this tragic event.
This 15-meter cliff on the Eastern shore of the Peninsula Vats nes. In form it resembles a drinking water dragon. But, according to popular belief, it’s a Troll, who came to sun and turned to stone.
Scientists believe that Hvitserkur is the remnants of an ancient volcano, eroded by salt water and destroyed the cold winds. To the sea was finally ruined figure, its base reinforced concrete. People from all over the world come to admire this rock. And sometimes observed there Northern lights gives it some extra mystique.