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21 Adventurous And Totally Badass Travel Destinations Created By Nature

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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

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

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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.

6. Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

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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

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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.

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

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

12. Cave of Crystals, Mexico

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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.

14. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

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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

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

17. Wulingyuan, Zhangjjajje National Park, China

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

18. Uluru/Ayers Rock, Australia

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.

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

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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