The most mysterious places on Earth

As Halloween approaches, it is time to look at the mysterious, almost spooky things that we can find. Here are a few of the most mysterious places on Planet Earth, that make the PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 10/10/2019!

Strangest things

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The planet is dotted with places that are surreal, eerie and sometimes downright bizarre. And, while many of these mysterious goings-on have logical explanations, others remain stubbornly unsolved. We look at the science, stories, theories and tales surrounding some of the world’s strangest sites

Bermuda Triangle
As synonymous with mystery as Venice is with canals, the Bermuda Triangle – covering around 500,000 square miles between Bermuda, Miami in Florida and San Juan in Puerto Rico – has seen more than 20 planes and 50 ships crash with no obvious explanation and even some “vanish” completely. Theories range from suggestions of supernatural activity to the more logical hypotheses that it’s down to magnetic compass variation or rogue waves.
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Richat Structure, Mauritania
Astronauts have been watching the Richat Structure – also known as the “Eye of Sahara” – in Ouadane since humans first entered space. Viewed from the International Space Station, the 30-mile-wide swirl resembles a bull’s eye or snail’s shell. The geological quirk was believed to be a crater caused by a meteorite but it’s now thought it was once a dome that has eroded over time.
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Stonehenge, UK
This circle of rocks has long been one of the UK’s most well-known and mysterious sites, with historians and scientists baffled as to how its builders transported the monoliths 5,000 years ago. Newcastle University students may have solved the riddle, however, when they discovered in 2019 that humans (not aliens) may have dragged the rocks in place using sledges lubricated with pig fat.
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Eternal Flame Falls, New York, USA
It’s nothing to do with The Bangles’ hit song, but this is an (almost) eternal flame. The bewitching orange-red glow that flickers behind this staggered waterfall, in New York’s Chestnut Ridge Park, is kept aflame by natural methane gas that seeps through cracks in the rock. It’s occasionally extinguished by splashes but visitors can bring it back to life with a lighter.
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Blood Falls, Antarctica
The world’s coldest and perhaps most enigmatic continent is home to a blood-red waterfall that seeps into the ice. Geologists originally thought the red color was due to algae, but the truth is actually much more interesting. It started around two million years ago, when a saltwater pool was trapped inside Taylor Glacier. The sealed, airless lake’s high iron content and salinity caused the rust-red color that eventually oozed out of a fissure in the ice.
Photo by: Peter Rejcek /National Science Foundation / via Wikimedia Commons

Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
It’s the stuff that nightmares are made of – a gaping, fiery chasm tearing a hole in the Earth. The Darvaza gas crater or Door to Hell opened in 1971. Engineers were drilling a natural gas field in the northern Turkmenistan desert when a portion collapsed into an underground cavern. It was set alight to prevent gases from spreading, and it’s still burning decades later.
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Devil’s Bridge, Germany
Rakotz Bridge is so pretty it could perhaps more aptly be called “fairy-tale bridge”. But its name, which means Devil’s Bridge, comes from its supernatural associations. The looping structure, in the German town of Kromlau, forms a perfect circle with its watery reflection – a clever trick of engineering that some see as otherworldly.
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The Winchester Mystery House, California, USA
Sarah Winchester, whose late husband had invented the Winchester rifle, bought this San Jose mansion in 1886 and spent three decades creating a labyrinth of 160 rooms, two basements, 10,000 windows and 2,000 doors, many of which lead to sudden drops. Staircases lead to ceilings and dead ends. A popular theory is that, haunted by those killed by her late husband’s invention, she created a maze to keep malevolent spirits at bay.
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Lines of Nazca, Peru
Around 300 figures from a spider to a hummingbird are etched into the sands in the southern Peruvian desert, with some lines stretching more than five miles (3.2km). The pre-Columbian geoglyphs, which cover around 200 miles (322km), long had celestial associations or were seen as a giant calendar. Now the most popular theory is that they marked the locations of rituals surrounding water and crops – though the truth remains elusive.
Photo by: Marcos E. Ramos Ponciano / Shutterstock

Fairy Circles, Namibia
Are these circular patches, dotted over the Namibian desert in their millions, the work of gods, aliens or, erm, termites? Obviously one answer is less romantic than the others, but it’s also the most logical theory scientists have come up with for the “fairy circles”, which are only found here and in parts of Australia. There’s still no official explanation, however, and studies continue.
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Racetrack Playa, California, USA
Is it some unexplained magnetic force that causes rocks to glide across this cracked, dry lakebed in California’s Death Valley? Or the unseen hands of some higher power? Neither, it seems, as scientists debunked the mysteries in 2013, discovering the boulders are moved by wind when the ground is icy. It’s still a hauntingly beautiful – and delightfully odd – place.
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Loch Ness, Scotland
Proving that monsters are no barrier to popularity, Loch Ness is one of Scotland’s best-known attractions thanks to the huge beast that may (or may not) lurk in its depths. The Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, was first “sighted” in 1933, when a newspaper article dismissed the disturbance of the water’s surface as a duck fight. An infamous 1934 photo of the long-necked creature was later admitted to being a hoax. Latest theories suggest Nessie may be a giant eel or a tangle of fallen branches.
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Bran Castle, Romania
Mystery shrouds this castle like an eerie dawn mist. Legend has it that bloodthirsty 15th-century ruler Vlad the Impaler – believed to have inspired Bram Stocker’s eponymous character in Dracula – was once imprisoned within its Medieval walls. There’s no evidence that he even visited the place but it remains a creepy attraction for Gothic fans, despite the museum being dedicated to Queen Marie of Romania, who was gifted the castle in 1920, rather than its darker associations.
Photo by: Lucian BOLCA / Shutterstock

Hoia-Baciu Forest, Romania
Pretty much any forest can feel eerie when there’s no one else around and the trees are clung with mist. But Hoia-Baciu dials up the strangeness with crooked trees that twist and turn, as if frozen in dance. Legends tell of alien encounters and people vanishing in the woods (it’s been dubbed “the Bermuda Triangle of Romania”). The biggest mystery of all is The Clearing, a central area where nothing grows – and no one, yet, knows why.
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Rock-Hewn Churches, Ethiopia
The rose-hued rock churches of Lalibela are jaw-droppingly beautiful. The 11 monolithic structures become even more incredible as you hear their story while exploring via tunnels, bridges and stairways. It’s said that King Lalibela, who reigned in the 12th and 13th centuries, carved each with help from the angels alone. It’s more likely he was aided by thousands of slaves. Either way, their existence is certainly miraculous.
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Kawah Ijen, Indonesia
Its milky turquoise waters may look inviting for a swim, but don’t jump in – this caldera, formed in the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano, is the world’s largest acidic lake. The electric blue flames that burst into the air are a source of fascination, though (of course) there is a scientific explanation: high levels of sulfuric acid, which give the water its striking hue, combust when they hit the air.
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The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
Giza’s trio of pyramid tombs make up one of the globe’s most popular tourist attractions, and the biggest – the Great Pyramid of Giza or Khufu – is both the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one still standing. Yet it’s still shrouded in mystery, with scholars continuously theorizing as to how such a huge, intricate structure could be created without modern tools.
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Lake Hillier, Australia
Pink sand we can just about handle. But a bubblegum-colored lake? Whether you view it from a plane, contrasting with the nearby blue of the Pacific, or with your toes almost touching the shimmering candy water, Lake Hillier is utterly surreal. Its color is still something of a mystery, though the most commonly accepted theories relate to the lake’s high salinity.
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Crooked Forest, Poland
Gryfino’s brilliantly bonkers Crooked Forest or Krzywy Las is filled with around 400 pine trees, each with a near-identical bend in the base of its trunk. Their wonky appearance has sparked many theories, including that a snowstorm or gravitational pull morphed their shape. Others suggest they were deliberately shaped with tools. None have been proven, however, which makes wandering under the strangely uniform canopies all the more intriguing.
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Lake Abraham, Canada
Most of the year, this reservoir in western Alberta is an attractive body of water backed by part of the Canadian Rockies. In chillier months it transforms into a magical winter wonderland when what appear to be Christmassy baubles or snowballs form beneath the surface. The truth is less romantic, as the suspended white orbs are pockets of methane gas formed when organic matter decomposes and is frozen into clumps.
Photo by: Adam Goodwille photos / Shutterstock

Teotihuacán, Mexico
No one knows who built or originally lived in this vast and complex pyramid city, believed to have left around 1,400 years ago. The site, covering around eight square miles, was later a pilgrimage site for the Aztecs, who gave it the name Teotihuacán. Remnants of apartment-like buildings suggest around 100,000 people lived here and worshipped at temples linked by the broad “Avenue of the Dead.”
Photo by: Dmitry Rukhlenko / Shutterstock

Easter Island heads, Chile
It was the Rapa Nui people who crafted and erected the 1,000-odd stone giants known as moai, around 900 years ago. But no one really knows how they managed to move the 40-foot-tall statues, which weigh around 14 tons each, into place – or why they exist at all. A prevalent theory is that the ancient Polynesians walked them from quarries using stone platforms and placed them to mark freshwater sources. The statues’ bodies are buried to leave only the curious heads exposed.
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Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand
Ancient Maori legend says these boulders are gourds or food containers, washed ashore from the wreckage of a canoe that brought their ancestors to New Zealand’s South Island. Another theory suggests they are alien eggs. Geology says they formed in sediment on the sea floor around 65 million years ago, eventually choosing Koekohe Beach as their home.
Photo by: Mawaribahar / Shutterstock

Those photos have been the most amazing I have seen. However, some of these photos are some of the most beautiful photos I have seen. Some of these areas I have seen before, but, these photos taken and put in this presentation, are the most beautiful depictions of these areas I have seen. Great job photographers.
I would like to thank Ella Buchan for putting this collection of photos together on and for
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