Can You Guess Which Countries These Breathtaking Landscapes Are From?
By: Bambi Turner
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Sorry, all you architects, builders and landscape designers, even the most skilled among you can't compete with what Mother Nature herself has created. Don't feel bad though; not only has she had all the time in the world, she also had an unlimited budget and materials you'll to which you'll never have access. Even better, she's still creating to this day and will go on shaping the Earth long after we've all left it.
The good news is that her efforts have resulted in some truly breathtaking landscapes, from rivers that pour over massive cliffs to form waterfalls, to mile-deep canyons carved by the slow passage of a river. Around the globe, you'll find bridges carved out by mythical giants, redwood trees that soar hundreds of feet into the sky, gushing geysers and rocky landscapes that look like they would fit right into the next big sci-fi flick. These incredible landscapes span the globe, and while you've probably heard of many of them (Rainbow Mountains? Great Blue Hole), it might be a little trickier to remember where you'd have to go to see these amazing sites for yourself. Do you think you can guess where they are located? Prove it with this quiz!
It took 20 million years for the Colorado River to carve out the Grand Canyon. Do you know where this tourist magnet can be found?
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A National Park since 1919, the Grand Canyon now draws more than 5 million visitors a year to the state of Arizona in the southwestern U.S., according to the National Park Service. Around 90 percent stick to the popular south rim, though those seeking solitude can view the mile-deep void from the canyon's rugged north rim.
The sea cliffs on Kauai's North Shore are like nothing else on Earth. What country is this Hawaiian island a part of?
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Though it sits far away from the mainland in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is a part of the United States. To see pali, or sea cliffs that soar high above the blue waters of the Pacific, head to the Napali Coast on the North Shore of Kauai. The scenery is so incredible, it was featured in some of the "Jurassic Park" flicks.
Where can you find the world's largest sand dunes, which just happen to be a brilliant shade of red that contrasts with the vivid blue sky?
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Iron oxide gives the world's largest sand dunes, located in Namibia's Namib Desert, a bright red to orange color. One such dune, known as Big Daddy, measures 1,200 feet high and is popular with those looking to sled down or to drink in the beauty of the area.
People flock to Yellowstone National Park to see the Morning Glory Pool, but do you know which country is home to this majestic landscape?
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The United States got its first national park in 1889 with the creation of Yellowstone in Wyoming. The landscape at Yellowstone has no shortage of sights to steal your breath, from the Old Faithful Geyser to the Morning Glory Pool, a hot spring shaped like a funnel with concentric circles in vibrant hues.
Hag's Head sits at the southernmost point of the Cliffs of Moher. Which country is home to this majestic landscape?
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The Cliffs of Moher soar as high as 700 feet over the Atlantic in Ireland's County Clare. Named for a fort called Mothar, which was demolished in 1808, the cliffs welcomes 1.5 million visitors in 2016 alone, according to "The Irish Examiner.'
Take in a UNESCO Heritage site known as Tsingy de Bemaraha on a visit to this African island nation.
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Tsingy de Bemaraha is a national park found on Madagascar's western coast. Its main attractions are the tsingy, needle-shaped limestone pillars up to 300 feet tall. These peaks are surrounded by more amazing sites, from mangroves and swaps to forests and lakes.
The tourist mecca known as Niagara Falls is actually three waterfalls on the border of the United States and this nation.
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Niagara Falls straddles the Canadian and U.S. border near the cities of Ontario and Buffalo. Of the three falls at this location, Horseshoe is the largest at 2,700 feet wide and 167 feet high. More than 6 million cubic feet of water pour over this waterfall each minute during times of peak flow.
Giant Redwoods are the biggest trees on Earth, but they only grow in one country. Can you name it?
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The most massive trees on Earth, which can grow taller than 300 feet and measure more than 25 feet around, are found near the Sierra Nevada Mountains in northern California on the west coast of the United States. One of these trees, Hyperion, towers more than 380 feet, and others are so wide that you can drive a car right through them.
Made up of more than 3,000 reefs, where can you visit one of the greatest sights under the sea, the Great Barrier Reef?
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More than 2 million people a year head to the Queensland, Australia, region to take in the world's largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, according to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Visible from space, this area offers incredible diving and snorkeling. If you can't make it in person, Google Street View offers a fish-eye view from below the sea.
Can you guess which country is home to the Montana de Siete Colores, or the Rainbow Mountains, which are part of the Andes?
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Thousands of years of ice and water erosion in the Andes Mountains of Peru helped to create the majestic Rainbow Mountains. So-named because they feature stripes of vibrant hues, these mountains are only about three hours from Cusco, which is also a popular jumping off point for visitors to Machu Picchu, another breathtaking Peruvian landscape.
Where did the giant Finn MacCool create basalt columns we now call the Giant's Causeway as he stomped across the sea?
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Just of the coast of Northern Ireland, more than 40,000 basalt columns extend from the sea. Most are hexagonal, but they can have as many as eight sides and reach as tall as 40 feet, according to the National Trust. Depending on who you believe, this incredible sight is the result of ancient volcanic activity, or the giant Finn MacCool created it as he stomped off to Scotland to fight fellow giant Benandonne.
Provence is famous for endless lavender fields. Which country should you visit to see and smell these blooms?
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The Provence area of France is famous for its lavender, which grows in seemingly endless fields of brilliant violet. Peak bloom takes place in July and August, with some of the most popular fields found at Plateau de Valensole and Notre-Dame de Senanque.
Which country is home to the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are so-named because trees and haze lend the peaks a deep blue hue?
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Part of the Appalachian Range, the Blue Ridge Mountains run over 500 miles from Georgia to Pennsylvania. You can get a great view of the mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway, which runs alongside, and features plenty of scenic overlooks to park and soak in the landscape.
Which country's Bohol Province is home to the Chocolate Hills, a series of domes covering more than 20 square miles?
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The Chocolate Hills of the Philippines are the result of thousands of years of erosion to the coral and limestone in the area. More than 1,700 miles, some over 400 feet tall, are spread over a 20 square mile area, according to "National Geographic."
No, you're not on Mars when you wander among the rocks of the Bisti Badlands. You're actually in New Mexico in this nation.
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Known as Die-Na-Zin by the local Navajo people, the Bisti Badlands in New Mexico in the southwestern United States are full of rock spires called hoodoos. These spires, alongside other rock formation and eroded sandstone structures, lend the landscape a look that would fit right into a movie set on the red planet.
It's hard to imagine a more selfie-worthy landscape than Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is located in this nation.
Sagano Bamboo Forest in Japan's Arashiyana district invites visitors to wander along paths carved through acres of towering bamboo. At the entrance to this landscape, you'll find the 14th century Tenryu-Ji Temple. According to legend, the bamboo provides strength and protection from evil for those occupying the temple.
Named for one of Queen Victoria's daughters, Lake Louise is a turquoise lake surrounded by mountains. Which country is home to this lake?
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The glacier-fed Lake Louise near Banff in Alberta, Canada, is known for its clear blue water. Surrounded by mountain peaks, it's a beautiful scene any time of year. At one end of the lake sits Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada's iconic railroad hotels built at the beginning of the 20th century.
Do you know which country is home to Bryce Canyon, which features the largest collection of hoodoos on the planet?
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Hoodoos are rock spires or pillars formed over thousands of years due to erosion, and the largest collection of these formations on Earth can be found in the United States at Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park. Established in the 1920s, the park is full of richly colored stone structures, as well as wildlife ranging from black bears to falcons. It's also just four hours away from Moab, home to more unique rock formations at Arches National Park.
Marvel at the world's largest gypsum dunes at White Sands National Monument in the southwest area of this country.
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White Sands National Monument is a U.S. National Park covering 275 square miles in the southwestern state of New Mexico. As barren as these glaring white sands may seem, more than 800 animal species call the dunes home, according to the National Park Service.
Select the country where a Seven Mile Bridge replaced its older counterpart, which was initially supposed to be a railroad bridge before a hurricane destroyed it.
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At the southern tip of the Florida mainland, the Overseas Highway allows visitors to drive over the water and through a series of keys that eventually lead to Key West, the southernmost point in the continental United States. Part of this 113-mile drive, which includes 42 bridges, requires a trip across the Seven Mile Bridge, which is among the world's longest bridges.
In which country can the most daring among us swim in the Devil's Pool, a natural pool perched at the top of the stunning Victoria Falls?
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Where the Zambezi River meets the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you'll find Victoria Falls. Twice as tall as Niagara Falls, this natural wonder is particularly breathtaking because it falls into a gorge slashed across the landscape. If you're especially daring, you might be able to take a swim in the Devil's Pool, a natural pool cut into the rock just before the river tumbles horizontally over the cliff on the Zambia side.
Endangered giant pandas and golden monkeys live near the stunning Huanglong Pools. Which nation is home to this UNESCO Heritage Site?
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Located near Sichuan, China, the Huanglong Pools consist of many travertine pools with brilliantly-colored water thanks to calcite and other mineral deposits. Surrounding the pools are snow-covered peaks, waterfalls, caves and animal-filled forests.
The site where the Rhone and Arve Rivers meet in Geneva is an unusual sight to behold, but can you guess where this meeting takes place?
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As the Rhone River exits Lake Lehman in Geneva, Switzerland, it runs right into the Arve River at a point known as La Jonction. The glacier-fed Arve, browner and siltier than the clear blue Rhone, runs side by side along its sister river to create a strange area of bi-colored water.
Though it sits 2,000 miles from the mainland, Easter Island and its mysterious Moai are technically a part of this nation.
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Managed by the government of Chile, 63 -square-mile Easter Island sits 2,000 miles away from the mainland in the Pacific Ocean. This remote landscape is home to more than 800 Moai, huge stone statues carved between 1200 and 1600 by the Rapa Nui people.
You can't surf on this sandstone wave, but it is a sight like nothing else on Earth. Where can you go and see this landmark?
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Located in Arizona near the Utah border in the United States, the Wave is an incredible piece of stratified sandstone shaped like the perfect ocean wave. This magnificent sight on the Coyote Buttes is so popular that permits to visit are issued via a lottery, and even those lucky enough to score one are faced with hours of hiking to reach the Wave.
Want to dive the mysterious marine sinkhole known as the Great Blue Hole? It's located 43 miles offshore and is part of this nation.
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Just off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea lies a Great Blue Hole. It's a 400-foot deep sinkhole below the waves that measures 1,000 feet across. Made famous in the '70s by Jacques Costeau, this vast blue void is a wonder to behold.
You can view enormous stone pillars, which inspired the movie, "Avatar," at Zhangjiajie National Park in this nation.
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China's Hunan Province is home to Zhangjiajie National Park, an amazing landscape of stone pillars, the tallest of which soars more than 3,000 feet into the sky. This region, which inspired the designers of the 2009 film, "Avatar," can be viewed from a 1,400-foot long glass bridge, which gives tourists a look at the ground 1,000 feet below.
Where can you go to take in Plitvice Lakes, a series of 16 connected lakes in various shades of green and blue?
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Founded in 1949, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia is located near the country's capital city of Zagreb and has been a UNESCO Heritage Site since the '70s. Visitors can wander through a series of connecting lakes arranged on layers of travertine stone, which give each pool of water a unique and vibrant shade of blue or green.
Most mornings, 100 hot air balloons rise over the fairytale-like landscape of Cappadocia. Do you know where to find it?
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There is no landscape on Earth like that of Cappadocia, Turkey. Rock towers known as fairy chimneys sit alongside ancient homes and cathedrals carved right into stone cliffs. If you ever see a picture of this sight, it likely includes hot air balloons, which rise up over the rock formations each day to give a birdseye view to tourists.
A "thermal wonderland," Wai-O-Tapu is packed with colorful springs and pools, but do you know where to find it?
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Maori for "sacred waters," Wai-O-Tapu is a breathtaking landscape in New Zealand. It consists of colorful hot springs, including the vivid green and orange bubbling Champagne Pool, as well as Lady Know, a geyser that erupts every morning to shoot water 60 feet in the air.
Name the Asian nation where tourists flock to take in the terraced rice fields of Mu Cang Chai.
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Mu Cang Chai in northern Vietnam is a rural area tucked into the mountains. For centuries, the local Hmong people have managed to work the land by cutting terraced fields for rice cultivation right into the mountain slopes. At peak harvest time in Setpember and October, the lush terraced steps are a majestic sight to behold.
Which country's Ring Road features the wondrous Godafoss Waterfall, also known as the Waterfall of the Gods?
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Legend has it that the gorgeous Godafoss Waterfall was created by the tears of the Norse gods in 999 when Christianity became the official religion of Iceland. Located on the iconic Ring Road, the falls is only 40 feet high but makes up for that in width at nearly 100 feet wide.
In terms of year-round average temperature, the Danakil Depression is the hottest spot on Earth. Where is it located?
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With an average temperature of 94 degrees F, Ethiopia's Danakil Depression is the Earth's hottest spot, and also one of the lowest and driest places on the planet. The Afar people have lived here for centuries, among hydrothermal fields and lakes turned to various unusual colors thanks to mineral deposits.
While most oddly-colored lakes are off-limits due to dangerous substances, it's safe to swim in the Pepto-Bismol colored Lake Hillier in this country.
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Visit Australia's western coast to take in the magnificent Lake Hillier. Separated from the Pacific Ocean by a thin strip of trees, the sparkling pink lake is a shocking sight in contrast to the deep blue of the ocean. Since the shocking pink hue is created by microalgae rather than pollution, it's perfectly safe to take a dip, according to Conde Nast Traveler.
The Richat Structure sits at the center of the Sahara Desert. Do you know which country it's located in?
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At the center of the world's largest desert lies an eroded 25-mile diameter dome known as the Richat Structure. Formed over 100 million years, this Eye of the Sahara looks like a massive bullseye when viewed from the air.
After a natural gas field collapsed in the '70s, it was set on fire, creating the Door to Hell. Guess where this terrifying landscape is located.
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Just north of Iran in Turkmenistan, you can view the Darvaza Gas Crater. More than 200 feet in diameter and 100 feet deep, the burning hole in the ground sits in the middle of a barren desert and has been steadily burning since 1971. No wonder people call it the Door to Hell.
Want to walk on water? You can do just that at Salar de Uyuni in this country.
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Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni are the largest salt flats in the world. Once a prehistoric lake, this salty plain turns into a shiny mirror after it rains, allowing visitors to appear to walk on water through a truly breathtaking part of the world.
It might look like part of Antarctica, but the colorful terraced mineral springs of Pamukkale are located in this country.
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Pamukkale in southwest Turkey is a breathtaking landscape like nowhere else on Earth. Located around the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, the sight features levels of terraces made from travertine and limestone. Pools of water on each terrace vary in color thanks to different mineral deposits in the area.
For 6,000 years, the waves in Lake General Carrera have been shaping the magnificent marble caves. Where are they located?
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Chile's Lake General Carrera is so massive that it even has waves, which is a good thing because the action of these waves has shaped rock structures within this Patagonian Andes lake into a truly breathtaking site. Known as the marble caves, they are accessible only by boat and feature shades of blue, green and gray. The water in the cave is remarkably clear, and more marble structures are visible just below the surface.
Tufa towers made of calcium carbonate rise out of Mono Lake, but do you know where you can find this unusual landscape?
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At 1 million years old, Mono Lake in the U.S. state of California is the oldest lake in North America, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Located near Yosemite National Park, Mono Lake is famous for its tufa towers, which are mineral spires that rise from the water to create a landscape like nothing else on Earth.
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