9 stunning pictures of the most amazing places in the world

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These stunning photographs of the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth will take your breath away.

The world is full of amazing places and this list could easily run into the hundreds. We have narrowed it down to a manageable 9 natural wonders to add to your bucket list.

1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, due to rainwater running into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock. [Wikipedia]

2. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Salar de Uyuni is the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometres.The large area, clear skies, and the exceptional flatness of the surface make the Salar an ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of Earth observation satellites. [Wikipedia]

3. Pamukkale Hot Springs, Turkey

In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C (95 °F) to 100 °C (212 °F). People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years. [Wikipedia]

4. Yuanyang County, China

The town of Old Yuanyang is a Hani minority settlement atop a ridge of the Ailao mountain range . Over the past 1300 years it's vast areas of mountains have been cultivated by Hani people into these colourful terraced rice paddies. [Wikipedia]

5. Reed Flute Caves, China

The stunning Reed Flute Cave is over 180 million years old and is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes. Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. [Wikipedia]

6. Deadvlei, Namibia

Also written DeadVlei or Dead Vlei, its name means "dead marsh". The clay pan was formed after rainfall, when the Tsauchab river flooded, creating temporary shallow pools where the abundance of water allowed camel thorn trees to grow. When the climate changed, drought hit the area, and sand dunes encroached on the pan, which blocked the river from the area. The trees died,and the remaining skeletons of the trees, which are believed to be about 900 years old, are now black scorched by the sun. The wood does not decompose because it is so dry. [Wikipedia]

7. Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented bacteria in the microbial mats that grow around the edges of the mineral-rich water. [Wikipedia]

8. Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China

Zhangye Danxia is known for the unusual colours of the rocks, which are smooth, sharp and several hundred meters tall. They are the result of deposits of sandstone and other minerals that occurred over 24 million years.Wind, rain, and time then sculpted extraordinary shapes, including towers, pillars, and ravines, with varying colours, patterns, and sizes. [Wikipedia]

9. Fly Geyser, Nevada

Fly Geyser is not an entirely natural phenomenon; it was accidentally created by well drilling in 1964 exploring for sources of geothermal energy. The well may not have been capped correctly, or left unplugged, but either way dissolved minerals started rising and accumulating, creating the travertine mound on which the geyser sits and continues growing. [Wikipedia]

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