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LITTLE KNOWN NATURAL WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Grüner See (Green Lake), Styria, Austria

A real-life Atlantis, located in the Styria region of Austria. This multipurpose location functions as a country park in the winter and a divers dream in spring. The lake, which is only 1-2 meters deep during winter, expands to a huge 12 meters in the spring due to melting snow. What makes this lake more surreal is that the park can be seen, even during the spring. Benches, plants, bridges and walking trails can all be spotted underneath the water.

Chocolate Hills, Bohol Island, the Philippines

No, this isn’t a missing scene from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, it is in fact a collection of 1,260 cone shaped hills spreads across Bohol Island. The ‘Chocolate Hills’ nickname comes from the changing colours of green and brown, depending on the season. The hills are a natural phenomenon which remain unsolved by geologists. 

Cano Cristales, Colombia

Taste the rainbow, dive the rainbow! That’s right, in the Cano Cristales you and your group can literally dive into a rainbow. Vibrant shades of yellow, green, blue, black and red gleam through the water. This colourful phenomenon can only be seen for a brief period between the wet and dry seasons, this is because the conditions are just right for a unique species of plant which gives the river its red colour.

Crooked Forest, Szczecin, Poland

This is no ordinary woodland, the Crooked Forest is a combination of around 400 pine trees that grow with a 90-degree bend at the root. Many speculate on this peculiar growth pattern. Could it be a fluctuation in gravitational pull, the effect of heavy snowfall or a manmade effort? The ‘root’ of the cause is yet to be found!

Lake Natron, Tanzania

Most famous for its high level of salt, this lake in Tanzania has an off the scale alkaline reading of pH12. Triggering the myth that animals drinking from the lake turn into stone. Not only is it extremely salty, it’s also known for its high temperature, which peak at 60 degree Celsius! Maybe not one for a paddle!

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