The World's Most Awe-Inspiring Places

You might never get to visit some of the most surreal places on Earth. The Giant Crystal Cave in Mexico, for example, is filled with 12 meter long crystals, the largest in the world, but can only be visited for 10-30 minutes at a time due to its hostile environment. And a trek down the beautiful, yet treacherous Yungas Road in Bolivia may require a ritual to secure your safe passage. But with a little planning, there are some truly otherworldly places that you can safely see. The Waitomo Cave in New Zealand is home to hundreds of harmless bioluminescent fungus gnats that give off a blue-green glow in the darkness. Just be sure to stay clear of the gnats' mucous-covered fishing lines or it could get messy.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Lake Hillier is a bright pink lake in Australia's Recherche Archipelago. 00:28

  2. Australia's bright pink Lake Hillier is about ten times saltier than the ocean. 01:04

  3. Although scientists are unsure exactly why Lake Hillier is bright pink, it's perfectly safe to swim in. 02:36

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Giant Crystal Cave in Naica, Mexico has giant 12-meter long crystals. 00:11

  2. A human can only survive in the Giant Crystal Cave unprotected for about 10 minutes. 00:40

  3. The Cave of Swords in the Naica Mountain contains lots of selenite crystals. 02:54

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Waitomo Caves display glowing blue bioluminescent glowworms. 00:23

  2. The New Zealand fungus gnat glows a brilliant blue in its larva stage. 00:53

  3. The New Zealand fungus gnat suspends a fishing line of silk covered in mucus to catch prey. 01:48

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Yungas Road was the first road that allowed vehicles to travel between Bolivia's lowlands and highlands. 00:21

  2. Paraguayan war prisoners built the Yungas Road in the 1930s. 01:01

  3. Watch mountain bikers zoom by the sheer cliff faces of North Yungas Road: 02:33

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Principality of Sealand allows people to become Lords, Ladies, Barons, and Baronesses for a fee. 00:49

  2. The Freedom Ship project hoped to build a 50,000-foot barge where people could live free of government. 04:36

  3. Between 2010 and 2012, Google built huge barges that would ostensibly house showrooms for their products. 06:58

Key Facts In This Video

  1. People have harvested salt from the Salar de Uyuni salt flat for centuries. 00:17

  2. Workers extract lithium carbonate from the Salar de Uyuni salt flat using simple techniques. 01:31

  3. Bolivians hope to use the profits from lithium mining to benefit their country and standard of living. 04:18

Written by Curiosity Staff August 7, 2015

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