Travelling can really open your eyes to some amazing things such as new places, cultures and people. One thing that travelling the world can also bring with it is the chance to see some stunning scenery and some wonders of the world. Some people will travel to certain places with a specific sight to see in mind. These are normally the big and most talked about wonders of the world. There are however some more wonders of the world out there that are less talked about. These geological wonders can be vast and mind-blowing places that offer a varied history and explanation.
Here’s Hostels.com pick of some amazing geological wonders of the world that we recommend you take a trip to if you are travelling in the location, and even if you’re not in the location we reckon you should go there anyway to check these amazing wonders out!
Wave Rock, Australia
If you are in Western Australia then a visit to the Wave Rock is a must. This natural rock formation gets its name simply from the fact that it is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The actual ‘wave’ part is roughly 15 metres high and 110 metres long.
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Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
The locals call this geological wonder of the world ‘The Door to Hell’. Near the small town of Derweze, the Door to Hell has an interesting history. Over 40 years ago geologists were drilling for gas when they discovered an underground cavern that was so vast and big. This cavern was filled with gas so no one would go down into it. So they decided to ignite the cavern so no poisonous gas could escape the hole. However, this cavern is still burning after all these years and no one knows how much gas has been keeping it burning all this time. A definite must-see on the geological wonders of the world list.
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Chocolate Hills, Philippines
The Chocolate Hills unfortunately have nothing to do with chocolate itself but despite this they are still an amazing geological wonder of the world! The Chocolate Hills are made up of roughly 1,268 perfectly cone-shaped hills that are more or less the same size and cover an area of over 50 square kilometres. You can find the Chocolate Hills in Bohol, Philippines and it is one of the country’s most amazing wonders of the world. How these hills form is not quite sure, one theory is that an ancient active volcano self-destructed. Whatever the reason is for these Chocolate Hills, they are a great geological wonder and well worth a visit.
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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA
If you find yourself in the southwest of America then check out the most visited and photographed slot canyon in the area. You will find the Antelope Canyon near Page in Arizona and it is situated on Navajo land. When you visit you will see why this canyon is a much photographed geological wonder. It has two separate canyon sections that are called Upper Antelope Canyon, or ‘The Crack’, and Lower Antelope Canyon, or ‘The Corkscrew’.
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Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
This World Heritage Site is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption that left up to 40,000 interlocking basalt columns on the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. Some of these columns can reach up to 12 metres in height and many of the smaller ones act as stepping stones from the cliff foot.
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Great Blue Hole, Belize
If you find yourself in the vicinity of the Lighthouse Reef System outside of Belize City make sure you check out the geological wonder that is the Great Blue Hole. This almost perfectly circular hole covers almost one quarter of a mile in diameter. As well as been a stunning wonder of the world to view, it also makes for one of the world’s most popular diving sites. It is almost 145 metres deep and it is this depth that gives the water of its amazingly deep blue colour. A must see for both spectators and divers visiting Belize.
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By: Tracy Lynch
Chocolate Hills photo courtesy of Pawel Zurek. All images used under the Creative Commons license.