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Fackler, Alabama

Neversink Pit

A natural wonder that drops 16 stories straight down through rare flora and streaming waterfalls.
Baku, Azerbaijan

Yanar Dağ (Fire Mountain)

Mysterious hillside with a continuously burning natural fire.
Grant, Oregon

Honey Mushroom: The Humongous Fungus

This massive mushroom has spent centuries eating its way across a huge swath of Oregon.
Antarctica

Volcano Sponge of McMurdo Sound

These giant volcano sponges in Antarctica are thought to be the world's oldest living animal, at 15,000 years old.
Bern, Switzerland

The Child Eater of Bern

A nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why.
New York, New York

Frick Bowling Alley

Bowl in splendor, if you're lucky.
Denizli Merkez, Turkey

Pluto's Gate

A deadly ancient portal to the underworld.
Staten Island, New York

The New York City Farm Colony

Dead children and the mentally ill in Staten Island's Greenbelt.
Schiphol, Netherlands

Schiphol Clock

It appears as if a man is standing behind this giant airport clock, painting the hands in real time.
Al Maadeyah, Egypt

The Lost City of Heracleion

An ancient city exhumed from the depths of the ocean.
Venice, Italy

Poveglia Plague Island

A small island less than half a mile from Venice is a forbidden island with a dark and twisted past.
San Pablo City, Philippines

Waterfalls Restaurant

An eatery in a shallow river where diners can enjoy their meal mere feet from the base of an artificial waterfall.
Philippines

Vulcan Point

An island in the middle of a lake, in the middle of a volcano, in the middle of a bigger lake, in the middle of a bigger island, in an archipelago, in the Pacific Ocean.
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.
Pāhoa, Hawaii

Curtain of Fire

An erupting wall of magma.
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.