Earth's colourful wonders as seen from above gallery

In all its glory: Grand Prismatic Spring.
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In all its glory: Grand Prismatic Spring.

First, we saw New Zealand's landscapes on Google Earth's new technology.

While our mountains and lakes looked stunning, and it offered us a different perspective on our natural wonders, the colours didn't vary from blue, green and brown.

Widening our search a bit further, we have found some spectacular sights, showing how varied and wondrous our planet really is. 

SHADEGAN WETLANDS, IRAN

Shadegan Wetlands
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Shadegan Wetlands

The Shadegan Wetlands are the largest in Iran, covering about 400,000 hectares in Khuzestan province. 

However, the wetlands, which include ponds, shallow lagoons and marshes, are reportedly drying out and are in a critical state.  

KILAUEA VOLCANO, HAWAII, US 

Kilauea Volcano
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Kilauea Volcano

On Hawaii's Big Island, Kilauea is billed as the world's only drive-in volcano, and it's obligingly active. Eruptions are focused on the Pu'u 'O'o vent and also the vent within Halema'uma'u Crater, easily seen from the overlook at the Jaggar Museum.

By night the crater's lava lake lights the smoke clouds hovering above it. 

GRAND PRISMATIC SPRING, YELLOWSTONE, US

Grand Prismatic Spring.
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Grand Prismatic Spring.

Everywhere you tour in Yellowstone, there are smaller wonders within the wonder.

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The emblematic Grand Prismatic Spring is a remarkable bit of natural psychedelia – a peacock-blue hot spring rimmed with yellow and orange microbial mats.

SUN CITY, ARIZONA 

Sun City retirement community.
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Sun City retirement community.

Even man-made wonders can be interesting too. Here we see the symmetrical makeup of Sun City - a large retirement community in Arizona, USA.

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THE GIZA NECROPOLIS, EGYPT

The Giza Plateau.
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The Giza Plateau.

The Great Pyramid of Giza was built 4500 years ago and has, understandly, been called a wonder of the ancient world. But here, it simply looks like a piece of Toblerone. 

The pyramid complex, an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau, can be found on the outskirts of Cairo.

AL JOUF, SAUDI ARABIA 

Al Jouf Agriculture Project.
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Al Jouf Agriculture Project.

Despite being covered by desert, the Al Jouf Agriculture Project occupies an area of 30,000 hectares,

Created in 1990, the circular crop fields host various agricultural activities including; animal and agricultural production in addition to food processing plants. 

TAAL LAKE, THE PHILIPPINES 

Taal Lake.

Taal Lake.

Taal Lake on Luzon Island might look like an ordinary volcanic caldera lake at first. But look closer. Within the crater lake lies Volcano Island. And within Volcano Island, there is another crater lake. So it's a lake within a lake. 

Close to the capital of Manila, Taal Lake is a popular tourist destination. 

DESERT BREATH, EGYPT

Desert Breath.
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Desert Breath.

Found in the Egyptian Desert, this art installation was created by three female artists in 1997. It covers and area of 10 hectares and consists of 89 cones set in the sand. 

When it was first installed, there was a body of water in the centre but that has evaporated over time. 

 

 - Stuff

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