It’s a strange world out there.
Our planet is an awesome place. Not only because it’s the only place in the cosmos that supports life as we know it, but because it is humankind’s supermassive history book.
Since time immemorial, humans left their mark on Earth. We drew in caves, created intricate art, crafted strange petroglyphs, and started building massive stone structures, evolving step by step into the civilization we are today. We built Pyramids, built massive temples, created incredible art, and eventually ended up on the moon.
But we also explored the planet, discovering places that are stranger beyond our wildest imagination. Earth itself is a wonderfully mysterious planet, and we did our job to make it even more so.
In this article, we go through some of the weirdest places on Earth. Some of these locations are unique because of their natural origin; others are stunning because we can’t explain how our ancestors did it.
The Nazca Lines
Not far from Chile is Peru. More precisely, Nazca Peru. On the Nazca plateau’s arid surface, ancient cultures drew intricate symbols and shapes visible mostly from the Air: The Nazca Lines.
The strange etchings were created thousands of years ago, and no one really knows why. Although many theories have been proposed, the scientific community is unable to agree on one explanation.
The Tesla Towers
the “High Voltage Marx and Tesla Generators Research Facility” belongs to the Russian Electrical Engineering Institute and is a massive Tesla-Coil project. Located in Istra, some 40 kilometers away from Moscow. The facility is notable for containing what is believed to be the world’s largest Marx generator, created to help test lightning insulation in military aircraft.
The Giant’s Causeway
In Northern Ireland, there’s a natural formation that looks as if it was made in distant times by human hands. But despite the perfect shapes, the Giant’s Causeway was created around 60 million years ago, as volcanic eruptions left behind molten basalt.
Once it solidified, it created these amazing cracks in the rock.
The Desert Hand
Or the hand in the desert, however you prefer. If we travel to the Chilean desert, we will find a stunning, freaky statue created by sculptor Mario Irarrázaba. The intricate hand, sticking out of the dry Chilean Desert, depicts loneliness and human suffering, some of what Irarrázaba usually illustrates through his art.
The Zone of Silence
The mysterious strip of land dubbed the Zone of Silence is located near the Bolsón de Mapimí in Durango, Mexico. It overlaps the Mapimí Biosphere Reserve. There, clocks stop working, and compasses go crazy. It’s an anomalous zone said to be filled with strange magnetism. A lot of meteors tend to impact the region.
The Great Pyramid of Cholula
Turkmenistan is home to a mysterious opening in the ground, dubbed the Door to Hell. It was once a field of gas (Darvaza gas crater) that the Soviets set on fire. It was supposed to burn for only a while, but for some reason, it has continuously been burning for around 40 years.
Goblin Valley State Park
Just off Florida’s coast and between Bermuda and Puerto Rico, we find a freakishly large area in the Atlantic Ocean covering more than 500,000 square miles. The Bermuda Triangle is supposedly home to an unidentified anomaly that causes ships and airplanes to disappear.
Pedra do Inga
Located north of the Matale district in Sri Lanka, at a massive rock formation 200 meters high lie the massive ruins of a magnificent ancient temple, reaching for the sky. Rightfully dubbed the Alakamandava, or the City of the Gods, this ancient rock fortress is unlike any other structure on Earth.
The Megalith of Al-Nasla
An Ancient temple built before written history and then buried mysteriously by an unknown people. Gobekli Tepe is considered the first temple on Earth. More than 200 pillars in about 20 circles are currently known through geophysical surveys. It is believed to be more than 11,000 years old.
The Ancient Rock-Cut Temple Cave Complex of Ellora