After 20 months of COVID-19 we could all use a little color in our lives. 24/7 Tempo has compiled a list of the most colorful natural wonders on Earth. Ranging from deserts to oceans and from hot springs to waterfalls, they offer more than a little color and truly span the globe.
Fortunately, with international travel restrictions being lifted, these amazing places are becoming accessible to adventurous souls once again. (Here are 50 natural wonders everyone should see at least once.)
The reasons why these natural wonders are so colorful vary. For example, the rocks that cap Utah’s Bryce Amphitheater have a pink hue, whereas the waters of Tuscany’s Cascate del Mulino are turquoise. (See these beautiful pictures of the world’s biggest waterfalls.)
In some places wildflowers provide the colors. Antelope Valley and Carrizo Plain are famous for their floral displays. Antelope Valley is home to the state-protected California Poppy Reserve, which boasts the most consistent blooms of the state flower. Colombia’s Caño Cristales River is known as the “River of Five Colors” and the “Liquid Rainbow” because of the amazingly colorful aquatic plants that grow there.
A bioluminescent species of ostracod crustacean known as the sea firefly accounts for Okayama, Japan’s place on our list. It produces a brilliant blue glow that can be seen in the area’s shallow waters and rocky shoreline.
There’s also Lake Hayes in the South Island of New Zealand, one of the closest countries to the South Pole where the Aurora Australis originates. The skies there are sometimes lit up with amazing green and pink displays.
Amphitheater at Bryce Canyon
> Location: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
> Location: Near Page, Arizona
> Location: Los Angeles County, California
> Location: Lake Hayes, New Zealand
> Location: Okayama, Japan
Bourke’s Luck potholes
> Location: Blyde River Canyon, South Africa
Caño Cristales River
> Location: Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, Colombia
Carrizo Plain National Monument
> Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Cascate del Mulino
> Location: Saturnia, Italy
Cliffs of Moher
> Location: Burren region in County Clare, Ireland
Eye of the Sahara (Richat Structure)
> Location: Sahara’s Adrar Plateau, near Ouadane, Mauritania
> Location: Black Rock Desert, Nevada
> Location: Møre og Romsdal county, Norway
> Location: Arizona
Grand Prismatic Spring
> Location: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Great Barrier Reef
> Location: Australia
> Location: Near Page, Arizona
> Location: Sichuan, China
> Location: Western Australia
Lençóis Maranhenses National Park
> Location: Brazil’s north Atlantic coast
Ljotipollur crater lake
> Location: Landmannalaugar, Iceland
> Location: General Carrera Lake, Patagonia, Chile
> Location: Near Aspen, Colorado
> Location: Near Baku, Azerbaijan
> Location: Arizona-Utah border
> Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
> Location: South America
Na Pali Coast
> Location: Kauai Island, Hawaii
> Location: Arusha Region, Tanzania
> Location: Various
> Location: Parts of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon
> Location: Northern Arizona and southern Utah
> Location: Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Punkaharju Esker Nature Reserve
> Location: Finland
> Location: Dawa County, Panjin, Liaoning, China
> Location: Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio
Salar de Uyuni
> Location: Andes in southwest Bolivia
> Location: South Region, Iceland
Serrania de Hornocal
> Location: Humahuaca, Jujuy, Argentina
> Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
> Location: British Columbia, Canada
> Location: Tallulah Gorge State Park, Georgia
> Location: Badlands National Park, South Dakota
> Location: Transylvania, Romania
> Location: Southeastern France
Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park
> Location: Zhangye, Gansu, China
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