The efforts of scientists to start new research missions of the planets near our solar system, hoping to identify Earth-like celestial bodies are no longer a secret to anyone. NASA is already looking for a planet for decades to replicate, though on a smaller scale, the conditions of life on Earth. But what if we change the rules of the game and looked on our own planet, places and weather conditions reminiscent of what we call the mysterious alien landscapes ?
Socotra Island, Indian Ocean
It redefines the notion of a spectacular island in terms of Earth’s landscapes. Those who discover the territory, no matter how pragmatic it will at some point be tempted to believe they are victims of a conspiracy theory involving transported to another planet. This is because nothing here is not like classical landscapes that loves to take pictures during our usual holidays.
Socotra is part of a group of four islands, geographically isolated from the African continent in six million years ago. Separation from the mother continent has made possible the continued existence of this oasis of fauna and flora specimens recently disappeared from other areas of the planet.
Like the Galapagos Islands, Socotra is the proud owner of over 700 rare species of fauna and flora, despite the arid climate. Even if the air is hot and dry pet inhabitants of the island were perfectly adapted to the conditions, where strange shapes of trees and shrubs forced to live with little water. The species of trees and plants on the island have been preserved due to the long geological isolation, some varieties with a 20 million years.
Situated in the Indian Ocean at a distance of 250 kilometers to 340 kilometers Somalia and Yemen, the island is bordered by beaches, behind which come out of that house caves limestone plateaus of all sizes, a distance of 7 kilometers.
Richat Structure, Mauritania
Spectacular form of relief from here one can admire it only from a distance. From a considerable distance. With a diameter of 48 kilometers, Richat structure can be easily observed from space.
Even if part of the Sahara desert, the birth of this structure is still shrouded in mystery. Initially supported the theory formation is a result of impact with a giant meteorite, but modern geologists believe that it is more about erosion.
Dry Valleys of Antarctica
About the Antarctic dry valleys, with arid rural appearance, he said are similar to those on Mars. The name was inspired by a little too friendly climate in this area, with very little humidity, which is distinguished in particular by the lack of layers of ice and snow falls.
With an area of 4,800 square kilometers, the valleys form the largest ice-free area of Antarctica. The region, located between Victoria Land and McMurdo Sound, includes many points of geological interest, including Lake Vida and Onyx, the continent’s longest river. But beyond the scenery of his strange, alien-looking, this dessert spread is far from friendly. Characteristic climatic conditions often reach extremes. Landscapes which unfold before scientists (they are the ones that soar for the sake of science, in these inhospitable places) seem detached from another planet.
Occasionally the soil surface is formed on the surface of small lakes that freeze, despite the fact that they are composed of very salty water. Organisms that live in this environment unfriendly to life as we understand, are what drew their attention to the scientific world because extremofile similar bodies may develop on other planets.
Hot springs of Beppu, Japan
Blood Hot Spring Pond is part of the so-called “hells” in Beppu, Japan, one of the hottest new lakes, suitable for admiration rather than for bathing. “Bloodbath” is actually a pool of very hot water (temperatures reach up to 78 degrees Celsius).
The red color reminiscent of that of blood has a very simple explanation: it is a result of large amounts of iron in the water. Of all the new hot lakes, one called Blood Pond is by far the favorite of tourists, thanks to the brilliant landscape composition. Therefore, those who press the trigger should not do anything to get a good shoot.