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Real Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet  

Ashley Reign
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List Rules Vote for the places that you can't believe are real/actually here on earth

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.
Grand Prismatic Spring is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Real Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet
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Though one look at a picture of Wyoming's Grand Prismatic Spring may leave you swearing it's photoshopped, the colors you see here are all natural. These gorgeous colors are actually caused by cyanobacteria, which are kind of like bacteria's distant cousin.
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Lake Baikal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Real Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet
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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.

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Fly Geyser is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Real Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet
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Though this wild looking Geyser is actually on a patch of private land near the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, there are still ways to get a peek. The Geyser is only about 1/3 of a mile off of State Route 34, which also functions as a viewpoint for those hoping to see the otherworldly looking formation.

 
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Maldives is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Real Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet
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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.

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