Neil Armstrong once rightly observed, “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” We most often associate the word ‘mystery’, with the unknown, the bewildering, and the bizarre. When we are unable to describe certain incidents or natural occurrences, we find them alien to our understanding and logic. The same extends to certain places around the world as well.
They look and feel strange, unearthly and preternatural, and we look at them in wonder and awe, because they defy logic. However, not everything needs to be dissected and explained to be enjoyed. Occasionally, not knowing why something happens, or why it exists, is a seductive and hypnotizing experience in itself.
As it is believed by many, some things are better left unsaid. Similarly, some places are better left untarnished by scientific explanations. These places exude beauty and brilliance despite being otherworldly. Having said that, the following are the twenty most alien, bizarre, weird and mysterious places on earth.
1. Mount Roraima, Brazil
Yes, Mount Roraima, unlike its appearance, is actually a mountain. Instead of having a towering peak, covered by those dreamy clouds, the top of Mount Roraima is actually flat, resembling the structure of a sprawling plateau. Geologists and geographers attribute this phenomenon to the forces of nature, such as rain and wind. What’s makes this place stranger and even more mysterious is the fact that the vegetation and wildlife visible in abundance here, a factor not seen anywhere else in the world.
2. Fly Geyser, United States
The Nevada Desert in the United States is another place that boasts of a weird phenomenon, famously known as the Fly Geyser. In 1916, a well had been drilled into the ground, which served its purpose well for more than 45 years. However, in the 1960s, hot water began shooting out of the well. The dissolved salts gradually built up into huge, colorful mounds that keep gushing out water that reaches five feet high. This however is not a tourist spot and is not open to public, hence making the Fly Geyser even more bizarre.
3. The Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean
No list is complete without the baffling mystery of the Bermuda Triangle in the Atlantic Ocean. This three-cornered area lying between Bermuda, Miami and San Juan is highly infamous for numerous cases of disappearances of people, water vessels and aircrafts that try to cross this point. Why? No one knows for sure, but many theories have evolved over the years. While some say it could be the weather playing tricks, other give more bizarre explanations of aliens and monsters abducting people.
4.The Eye of Africa – Mauritania
The ‘Eye of Africa’ (also known as the Eye of the Sahara) lies within the large east-African country of Mauritania, out in the Sahara Desert. Properly known as the Richat Structure, it is easy to see where its nickname comes from. Looking at it from above, it looks a lot like a big blue eye staring out of the ground.
5.The Skeleton Lake of Roopkund, Uttarakhand, India.
Roopkund is a high altitude glacial lake in Uttarakhand state of India, lies in the lap of Trishul massif and famous due to hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.
The lake, known as ‘Skeleton lake’, is situated at an altitude of 5,029 meters, in the Himalayas.Every year, when the snow melts, one can see hundreds of scattered skulls. The skeletons were first found by a British forest guard in 1942. Initially, it was believed that the skeletons were those of Japanese soldiers who had died while crossing that route during World War II. But scientists have now found out that the skeletons were of pilgrims and locals as the bodies dated to around 850 AD.
6. Yonaguni Monument, Underwater Ruins, Japan.
The Monument consists of medium to very fine sandstones and mudstones of the Lower Miocene Yaeyama Group believed to have been deposited about 20 million years ago. Most of the formations are connected to the underlying rock mass.
The Yonaguni Monument is a massive underwater rock formation off the coast of Yonaguni, the southernmost of the Ryukyu Islands, in Japan. A local diver first noticed the Yonaguni formations in 1986. There is a debate about whether the site is completely natural, is a natural site that has been modified, or is a human-made artifact. For these reasons, the site is also known in Japanese as the “Yonaguni (Island) Submarine Ruins”.
7.Plain of Jars- Laos
Measuring up to 10 feet in height, these jars are spread out in clusters all across the Xieng Khouang province of Laos. In some of these clusters, there are over 250 jars. Some believe they were used as burial sites, or according to legend, giants may have used these jars to store their alcohol.One thing is for sure this place is very weird.
This religious site in Urfa, Turkey was built in 10,000 BC, predating the Great Pyramids by 7,000 years. Excavations only recently started in 1995, but many questions have already come up. In an age when only hunter-gatherers roamed, how were they able to build such complex structures at this weird mysterious place?
9. Blood Falls, Antarctica
There is a region in Antarctica, which not many people have been fortunate enough to visit, but it has been deemed by many experts as one of the most alien, bizarre, weird and mysterious places on earth. True to its name, the Blood Falls refer to a waterfall that flows from the Taylor Glacier, baffling most microbiologists and glaciologist because of its blood-red hue. Researchers have found unusually large quantities of iron oxide in West Lake Bonney located in the area. It is this path breaking discovery that has been inferred as the reason for the color of the falls. It is even more peculiar that amidst all that iron, microorganisms are able to survive at a depth of 1300 feet under the ice.
10. Travertine Pools Of Pamukkale, Turkey
Well, do not be deceived by the weird appearance of Pamukkale in Turkey. It looks snow-covered, no doubt, but is actually a group of small pools that result from calcium carbonate deposits. These deposits are the bi-products of seventeen natural hot springs. And yes, these travertine pools arranged in the form of terraces are anything but cold, with a temperature that might go up to 100-degrees Fahrenheit. Whatever the scientific explanation may be, these pools in Turkey are definitely an ethereal but bizarre sight to watch.