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Kediri, Indonesia

Tanah Lot

Isolated atop this Balinese sea crag is a lovely Hindu temple that is said to be guarded by sea snakes.
Venezuela

Relampago del Catatumbo

This everlasting lightning storm may be the world's largest generator of ozone.
Tal, Austria

Green Lake

Each year melting snow turns these Austrian hiking trails into scuba zones.
Knaresborough, England

Mother Shipton's Cave and the Petrifying Well

Once thought to be the mysterious work of a witchy prophetess, a well with unusual properties turns objects into "stone".
Homewood, Illinois

Ken Norman's Abandoned Mansion

The NBA player's elaborate former home is now a ghost of its old glory.
Naalehu, Hawaii

Papakōlea Beach

Semi-precious green sand on Hawaii's big island.
Tambon Chiang Haeo, Thailand

Lotus Lake

Stunning wetlands ablaze with pink lotus flowers.
Piti, Guam

Emerald Valley

A beautiful waterway tucked in the corner of a power plant.
Marble Canyon, Arizona

The Wave

Rippling sand dunes frozen in the Arizona rock.
Kaiteriteri, New Zealand

Tokangawhā / Split Apple Rock

This unusual rock formation looks like an apple that has been neatly sliced in half.
Palatine, Illinois

Ahlgrim Acres

Take a break from all the boring business of death at this funeral home mini-golf course.
Gdynia, Poland

Torpedownia

A World War II torpedo launch station abandoned off the Polish coast.
Storrington, England

South Downs WWII Churchill Tank

An abandoned World War II tank left to rust in the downland.
Naples, Italy

Gabinetto Segreto

The once forbidden "secret cabinet" of erotic art from excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
Paisley, Scotland

Paisley Abbey's 'Alien' Gargoyle

A familiar otherworldly creature guards this 12th-century Scottish abbey.
Fregene, Italy

Casa Sperimentale

This abandoned Brutalist treehouse is a hidden architectural relic.
Stockholm, Sweden

Kungsträdgården Metro Station

Stockholm's deepest subway station is also a stunning ecological wonder.
Paris, France

Pep's Maison

One of the last umbrella repair shops in Paris upholds the nostalgic art of umbrella making.
East Ayrshire, Scotland

Dunaskin Ironworks

Wonderfully preserved Victorian factory, complete with a preserved steam powered engine house.
Kisoro, Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The home of half the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas.
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Neon Boneyard

The neon signs from Las Vegas' past find their final resting place at this unusual graveyard.
Pernambuco, Brazil

Old Petrolandia Church

The haunting peak of an old church is all that remains of a drowned Brazilian city.
Alto Paraíso de Goiás, Brazil

Vale da Lua

After millennia of erosion by sand and churning water this Brazilian valley now looks like a lunar fantasy.
Seychelles

Aldabra Atoll

Over two-thirds of the world's population of giant tortoises live among this coral formation.