As any good fan of sci-fi knows, few things can make or break the allure of an alien planet or a strange dimension like a great atmosphere. After all, what Star Wars lover can’t immediately picture the barren planet where Luke Skywalker grew up? Who can watch Lord of the Rings without cringing at the thought of the treacherous peaks of Mordor? So cool are the landscapes of many of these fictional worlds, that it may even be tempting to think of our own planet as a little boring in comparison. Not so fast! We’ve collected a series of weird landscape photos that’ll show you why Earth is way cooler than you may think.
Below you’ll find a collection of Earthly landscapes that look like they’re from another planet entirely. So otherworldly are some of these places in fact, that they’ve been used by NASA for testing out equipment bound for missions to planets like Mars. Others among these weird landscapes have also been heavily utilized by Hollywood in order to create the atmospheres for fictional planets in movies. After all, the Star Wars crew wasn’t exactly able to catch a few shots in outer space- Luke’s childhood planet was actually a place called Chott el Djerid in Tunisia.So come on in and get ready to see the world in a whole new light. We’ll show you weird landscapes ranging from a pink lake to chocolate hills to a beach that sparkles at night like something from a fairytale. At the end of the day, these beautiful landscape photos might just convince you that Earth isn’t such a boring place after all.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, New Zealand
Who ever thought worms could be so gorgeous? That's right, the sparkling roofs of these New Zealand caves are due to the efforts of thousands of tiny glowworms which emit a luminous light.
If you've always dreamed of a fairy tale wedding, there's no better place to tie the knot than this gorgeous glow-in-the-dark beach in the Maldives. Scientists explain that the sparkling lights in the water are actually emitted by tiny organisms called "ostracod crustaceans," which are kind of like seed shrimp.
Not only is Russia's Lake Baikal the oldest freshwater lake on Earth, it's also so large that it contains about 1/5 of the World's freshwater! Around March every year, a mixture of unequal pressure and varying temperatures causes cracking in the Lake's surface, which sometimes result in these cool glass-looking formations.
The city of Pamukkale, which means "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, is packed full of natural hot springs, which create these cool terraces out of sedimentary rocks.