The 10 Most Mysterious Places On Earth

We still have some big questions about this big planet.

1. Bermuda Triangle

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In 1964, an author coined the phrase “The Deadly Bermuda Triangle” after a number of aircrafts went missing in the area roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. While popular culture attributed disappearances to paranormal activity, a 2013 study of the 10 most dangerous waters in the world for shipping did not list the Bermuda Triangle.

2. Area 51

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This U.S. Air Force installation is 80 miles northwest from Las Vegas and was recently declassified as a testing grounds for the U-2 and other spy planes. Like most military bases, Area 51 had a historically secretive nature, but the reports of unusual phenomena are what led it to become a focal point for modern UFO and conspiracy theories.

3. The Nazca Lines

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Located in Peru’s Nazca Desert, this series of ancient geoglyphs were created between 400 and 650 A.D. Though the purpose of the designs is not definite, scholars generally attribute a religious significance to them.

4. Loch Ness

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One of the largest freshwater lochs in Scotland, it’s largely known for the alleged sightings of the Loch Ness Monster, aka “Nessie.” The only proof of its existence is anecdotal, including much-disputed photographic evidence and sonar readings.

5. Stonehenge

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This English, prehistoric monument was created by a culture that left no written records, leaving many aspects of Stonehenge subject to debate. Was it a burial ground? Grounds for celestial observation? Even pop musicians find themselves asking, “What’s the Meaning of Stonehenge?

6. Atlantis:

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This lost civilization written about by Plato in 360 B.C. is most certainly just a legend, but that hasn’t stopped the modern world from speculating about its location.

7. Mariana Trench:

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Deeper than Everest is tall and five times longer than the Grand Canyon, the Mariana Trench is the planet’s deepest point. And while many have scaled Everest, only four have descended into its watery depths.

8. Easter Island:

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This Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean is known for its 887 human figures carved out of rock. What they represented may have varied, either constructed for deceased ancestors or for the embodiment of chiefs.

9. The Great Pyramid of Giza:

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Built as a tomb for an Egyptian pharaoh, this pyramid was the world’s tallest man-made structure for over 3,800 years. Various construction techniques — many contradictory — have been proposed about how the structure came to be.

10. Antarctica

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This southernmost continent is the coldest, driest, and windiest place on Earth. There are no permanent residents, but anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 scientists are conducting research throughout the year.

Inspired by Intel and Ben Saunders’ journey to the South Pole

Polar explorer Ben Saunders and his partner Tarka L’Herpiniere will attempt to be the first people to complete the 1,800-mile return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, which British Royal Navy Captain Robert Scott famously attempted in 1910–1912.

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