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 ?
5. Rio Tinto, Spain
Rio Tinto mines to create a surreal landscape, similar to what we call a lunar. Increased mining industry and thereby the exploited areas, has led to changes in landscape geography, and urban structure, because human settlements in the area had been relocated away from areas of operation.
Named after the river that passes through the area is famous for its red color that dominates the landscape feature gained in mining practice. Red river water is mainly due to a very high concentrations of heavy metals, which make water acidity to fall somewhere between 1.7 and 2.5.
4. Spotted Lake, Canada
Under the hot sun of summer, water from Lake Kliluk (Spotted Lake) evaporates and crystallizes the minerals, forming circles of irregular sizes. These mesh reflects the high content of mineral water, painting it in colors of blue and green. Lake contains one of the highest concentrations of minerals: magnesium sulphate, calcium and sodium sulphate, whose presence is complemented by silver and titanium.
The healing properties of water are popular with native Indians and are reflected in many local legends. One of them mentions how after a bloody battle two conflicting tribes have made a pact that enabled them to treat their sick and wounded in the same lake waters.
3. Eisriesenwelt ice caves, Austria
Even if we talk again about the caves does not mean that all look the same. Especially if you are ice caves. Gives you the sensations within a frozen caves have nothing in common with what we call caves “normal. ” White surfaces, odd shapes, whose brightness changes depending on the light, do not seem to be very common on Earth. Feeling that you’re on another planet will haunt you from the first step in these caves of ice until the exit in the daylight.
Located close to Salzburg, in mountains Tennengebirge, formations of ice that extend for more than 40 miles, receiving the title of “the largest ice caves in the world. ” Although the surface looks promising for amateur cavers and geologists, only a small part of this maze is open frozen public visits.
But no one leaves here unhappy, because the surface is large enough to meet both the needs of adventurous underground, as well as those of the tourists who just want to make a visit to one of the most beautiful palaces built by hand by Mother Nature.
2. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
You compose the landscape of strange area of Bolivia is considered, rightly, one of the most spectacular on Earth. Salar de Uyuni is itself a vast salt desert, namely the largest in the world. With an area of 10,582 square kilometers “crackers”, filled with active volcanoes and geysers, the dessert is a recipe for getting one of the most bizarre earthly landscapes.
40,000 years ago, the area was part of Lake Minchin, a giant prehistoric lake known. Water depletion has led to the formation of two smaller lakes, Poopo and Uru Uru, and two large salt deserts, Salar de Coipasa and Salar Uyuni. Store is expected to last about 10 billion tons of salt, of which 25,000 tonnes are extracted annually.
1. Vale da Lua, Brazil
Vale da Lua or Moon Valley gets its name because of the striking similarity to lunar landscapes. In reality, the merit rocks were eroded and carved by water courses, in shapes reminiscent of modern swimming pools, with the difference that they are natural and are placed inside the Brazilian forest.
Located at Chapada, 38 km from Alto Paraiso de Goiás, these formations are some of the oldest on the planet.