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1. Marble Caves, Chile

The caves within this marble structure were shaped over the period of 6,000 years by erosion caused by waves.
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The caves within this marble structure were shaped over the period of 6,000 years by erosion caused by waves.

2. Cameron Falls in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

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At rare times, intense rain fall will stir up sediment called argolite. The reflection of light off of the very fine sediment gives the falls its pink color for a short period of time.

3. Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand

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These luminescent glowworms (Arachnocampa luminosa) are native to New Zealand and naturally light up the cave system.

4. Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the USA and third largest in the world. Microorganisms, creating a microbial mat, cause the edges of the mineral rich water to turn vibrate colors.
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The Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in the USA and third largest in the world. Microorganisms, creating a microbial mat, cause the edges of the mineral rich water to turn vibrate colors.

5. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

What looks like a white sea is actually a massive salt flat left behind from a prehistoric lake that has since dried up.
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What looks like a white sea is actually a massive salt flat left behind from a prehistoric lake that has since dried up.

6. Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

The glacial fed lake appears to be a bright turquoises color from silt sized sediment entering the lake due to glacial erosion. The silt material is suspended in the lake water which causes the reflected light to appear such a vibrant blue.
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The glacial fed lake appears to be a bright turquoises color from silt sized sediment entering the lake due to glacial erosion. The silt material is suspended in the lake water which causes the reflected light to appear such a vibrant blue.

7. Zhangye Danxia, China

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These colorful mountains are the result of different layers of sandstone, comprising of various iron-bearing minerals, being compacted together over the course of tens of millions of years.

8. Jeju Island Lava Tubes, South Korea

The network of lava tubes was created by a low-viscosity lava flow which in turn created a continuous hard crust / cylinder around the once free-flowing lava.
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The network of lava tubes was created by a low-viscosity lava flow which in turn created a continuous hard crust / cylinder around the once free-flowing lava.

9. Angel Falls, Venezuela

Angel Falls is the world's tallest waterfall dropping a total of 979 meters with a 807 meter free fall.
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Angel Falls is the world's tallest waterfall dropping a total of 979 meters with a 807 meter free fall.

10. Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA

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Hoodoos are tall column like structures that form due to processes of erosion and differential erosional characteristics of the various layers of sedimentary rocks.

11. Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, USA

Mammoth Cave National Park encompasses the world's longest known cave system with more than 400 miles of explored passages.
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Mammoth Cave National Park encompasses the world's longest known cave system with more than 400 miles of explored passages.

12. Cave of Crystals, Mexico

This cave is home to the world's largest crystals ever discovered measuring up to 39 feet in length. The selenite and gypsum crystals thrive in an extremely hot and humid environment which makes it a bit hostile for humans. The cave is currently underwater which is favorable for crystal growth.
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This cave is home to the world's largest crystals ever discovered measuring up to 39 feet in length. The selenite and gypsum crystals thrive in an extremely hot and humid environment which makes it a bit hostile for humans. The cave is currently underwater which is favorable for crystal growth.

13. Giants Causeway, Northern Ireland

An ancient volcanic eruption resulted in the over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns acting as stepping stones that lead down to the sea.
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An ancient volcanic eruption resulted in the over 40,000 interlocking basalt columns acting as stepping stones that lead down to the sea.

14. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

The Grand Canyon is the most complete sequence of rocks on Earth containing 40 major sedimentary rock layers throughout geologic time. Rocks present range from 200 million to 2 billion years old.
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The Grand Canyon is the most complete sequence of rocks on Earth containing 40 major sedimentary rock layers throughout geologic time. Rocks present range from 200 million to 2 billion years old.

15. Pamukkale, Turkey

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These hot springs form pools due to calcium- rich minerals precipitating out of the water forming mini pools of mineral-rich water.

16. The Great Blue Hole, Off the cost of Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a now submarine sinkhole that is 407 feet deep and an epic place to visit for diving fanatics.
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The Great Blue Hole is a now submarine sinkhole that is 407 feet deep and an epic place to visit for diving fanatics.

17. Wulingyuan, Zhangjjajje National Park, China

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This historic site is known for its quartzite sandstone pillars which stand over 600 feet tall.

18. Uluru/Ayers Rock, Australia

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This natural landmark is 600 million years old and used to sit at the bottom of the ocean. During sunrise and sunset, the monolith changes colors from fire red to blues and purples.

19. Perito Moreno Glacier in Patagonia, Argentina

The Perito Moreno Glacier is massive ice field that contains the world's third largest reserve of fresh water frozen in time.
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The Perito Moreno Glacier is massive ice field that contains the world's third largest reserve of fresh water frozen in time.

20. Artists Palette in Death Valley National Park, California, USA

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A volcanic eruption occurred nearly five million years ago depositing ash and minerals. Oxidization of these minerals produced colors of red, pink, and yellows from iron; purple from manganese; and, green from chlorite.

21. Moeraki Boulders, New Zealand

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These boulders were once a hard, compact mass of precipitated mineral cement trapped in mudstone. Erosion due to wave action have since eroded the fine grained, soft mudstone exposing the boulders along Koekohe Beach.

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