Everywhere you look, one can find beauty in nature. However, mother nature out did herself when making these spectacular creations.
Ireland’s Giant’s Causeway
Located on the northern coast of Ireland is Giant’s Causeway. The causeway consists of many columns that form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and end in the sea. The columns are made of basaltic lava that had harden into stone after a volcanic eruption 65 million years ago. The tallest column is 39 feet (12 meters) high. The causeway was declared a World Heritage site in 1986 and has been a national nature reserve since 1987.
Salt Mines of Russia
Hundreds of feet below the industrial city of Yekaterinburg, Russia is an abandoned salt mine. Although a small section of the mine is still in use, the majority of the tunnels, which stretch for miles, are abandoned. The mines have amazing psychedelic patterns all over the walls. The amazing colors are from natural layers of mineral carnallite. Carnallite is normally used in the plant fertilization and is most often yellow, white, or reddish. The mines are only accessible to those with a special permit from the government.
Cave of Crystals
In 2000, a group of miners in the Naica mine, in Mexico, stumbled upon an underground cavern full of giant selenite crystals. Some of the crystals are 11 meters tall. The cave is currently accessible for short periods. However, the future of the caves is unknown as the caves may be flooded in order to stop the crystals from disintegrating.
The Grand Prismatic Spring
The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. Located in Yellowstone National Park, the spring was named for its striking coloration. The colors are caused by bacteria and microbes growing around the water’s edge.
Wave rock is located on the north side of a hill named “Hyden Rock” in Western Australia. The natural formation looks like a tall breaking ocean wave which is 14 meters (46 ft) high and around 110 meters (360 ft) long.
To see more of Mother Nature’s spectacular creations, click here.