Earth Day: Most Odd Places on the Planet

"Gates of Hell" burning crater in the Karakum desert, Turkmenistan. This infernal sight is a product of a burning natural gas field that collapsed into a cavern.

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"Gates of Hell" burning crater in the Karakum desert, Turkmenistan. This infernal sight is a product of a burning natural gas field that collapsed into a cavern.

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Devil's Bridge, Germany. This structure was designed to create a circle, one half of which is formed by the bridge itself and the other is formed by the bridge's reflection in the water.

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Devil's Bridge, Germany. This structure was designed to create a circle, one half of which is formed by the bridge itself and the other is formed by the bridge's reflection in the water.

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Crooked forest Krzywy Las near Gryfino in Poland. How exactly these trees adopted these crooked shapes remains a mystery.

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Crooked forest Krzywy Las near Gryfino in Poland. How exactly these trees adopted these crooked shapes remains a mystery.

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The Danxia landform in China.

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The Danxia landform in China.

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Ijen crater in Ijen Volcano, Indonesia

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Ijen crater in Ijen Volcano, Indonesia

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Misterios fairy circles (patches of land devoid of vegetation) on Namib Desert. The origin of this phenomenon is as yet unclear.

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Misterios fairy circles (patches of land devoid of vegetation) on Namib Desert. The origin of this phenomenon is as yet unclear.

© AP Photo / ATSUSHI TSUKADA

Aokigahara Forest. Located at the base of Mount Fuji, this forest has long enjoyed a mystic reputation.

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Aokigahara Forest. Located at the base of Mount Fuji, this forest has long enjoyed a mystic reputation.

© Photo : Public domain/Peter Rejcek

The Blood Falls (an outflow of saltwater colored by iron oxide) seeps from the end of the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney, Antarctica.

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The Blood Falls (an outflow of saltwater colored by iron oxide) seeps from the end of the Taylor Glacier into Lake Bonney, Antarctica.

CC BY 2.0 / Kevin / La Isla de las Munecas

The Island of Dolls (La Isla de las Munecas), is littered by dolls of various styles that were left by the island's original owner in Mexico who supposedly wanted to appease the spirit of a drowned girl.

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The Island of Dolls (La Isla de las Munecas), is littered by dolls of various styles that were left by the island's original owner in Mexico who supposedly wanted to appease the spirit of a drowned girl.

© AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee

Castle made out of corals, US.

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Castle made out of corals, US.

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