Top 10 Beautiful Yet Life-Threatening Places

Top 10 Beautiful Yet Life-Threatening Places

There are some pretty dangerous places on Earth, that incidentally look gorgeous. And they nevertheless attract adventurers, who take a risk and look danger in the eye. Check out these ten great yet pretty hostile places.

10. Champagne Pool, North Island, New Zealand

The geothermal pond is a spectacular natural marvel, formed 900 years ago – a relatively young age for such a formation. The hot spring is 62 m (203 ft) deep and the water temperature is about 73 °C (163 °F). The spot is beautiful to look at or to photograph, however, it is not suitable for swimming.

Why to go there?

A striking colorful pool, one of the most favorite photographers’ spots.

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Champagne-Photo by Blaine Harrington

Photo by Blaine Harrington

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9. Lake Kivu

One of the African Great Lakes, Kivu sprawls across the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. The lake is infamous for limnic eruption, which causes sudden eruptions of carbon dioxide and methane, resulting in killing the species in and around the lake.

Why to go there?

The surroundings are staggering. It also hosts various small villages on the shores as well as hotels, surrounded with tropical gardens and sandy beaches.

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Kivu

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8. Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

An active volcano is famous for housing the biggest lava lake in the world. The volcano’s slopes are steep and lava is very fluid, thus enabling it to flow in high velocity when it erupts. However, the lava lake is not constantly present. It takes years to form and after that it is a question of days when the walls of the crater will crack and lava erupt. The last eruption took place in 2002. As for today, the volcano’s activity is being carefully monitored, lava is again slowly rising and forming a lake.

Why to go there?

Help preserve Africa’s oldest national park and gorillas. The visitors come here to explore rich biodiversity and Mount Nyiragongo adds up extra excitement to the trip.

Nyiragongo-Photo by Martin Rietze

Photo by Martin Rietze

Nyiragongo-Photo by Richard Roscoe

Photo by Richard Roscoe

Nyiragongo-Photo by Francesco Pandolfo

Photo by Francesco Pandolfo

7. Loihi Volcano, Hawaii

The group of islands are of volcanic origin, so no wonder the adventurers go there often to admire the dramatic views. Loihi is erupting since 1996. Although the view of an erupting volcano is spectacular, it is extremely dangerous to be around. However, two photographers took their chance and made a brilliant session. Nick Selway, 28, and CJ Kale, 35, captured the natural fireworks.

Why to go there?

Hawaii is among the most desirable places to go for a holiday, adventures, surfing and discovering unspoiled nature. Meanwhile the volcanic eruptions also attract visitors, who watch flowing lava from the distance.

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Photo by Nick Selway and CJ Kale

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Photo by Nick Selway and CJ Kale

Loihi-Photo by Nick Selway and CJ Kale

Photo by Nick Selway and CJ Kale

6. The Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA

The biggest hot spring in the country is 113 m (370 ft) wide and is found in Yellowstone National Park. It got its name due to the vibrant iridescent colors, that match those of a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green and blue. The effect is caused by bacteria. Namely the colorful rings of the spring make it so exceptionally attractive. The color of the spring’s rim changes every season, except for the center, which is free from bacteria due to the extreme temperature of 70 °C (160 °F).

Why to go there?

There is a hiking trail, which enables to observe the spring in close vicinity, while from the top of the hill a great aerial view opens.

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5. Ol Doinyo Lengai, the Arusha Region, Tanzania

The name means „Mountain of God“ in the Massai language. It is known as one of the strangest volcanoes on Earth: its unique natrocarbonatite lava crystallizes in the air and then sprinkles the slope with thousands of pebbles. It is due to the sodium and potassium carbonate minerals that react to the air and therefore harden quickly.

Why to go there?

The mount offers a rather challenging adventure. Volcano’s downhill is covered in elephant grass, which gets thinner and thinner on the way up. However, the arduous climbing to the 3188 m (10 459 ft) high mountain is very rewarding as wonderful views open from the summit.

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4. Lake Natron, Tanzania

A very shallow salt lake is very dangerous for those, who are not adjusted: the temperature can reach 60ºC and its ph level is 10! However, its rare red color makes Lake Natron a very unique and beautiful destination. The color varies from orange to red, to pink and is produced by the bacterias and other microorganisms.

Why to go there?

See this unique lake and the Natron area, which provides spectacular sites: from flats to escarpments, to volcanoes. Surprisingly, this lake is a habitat for flamingos, that nest here and feed on red algae despite the alkaline water. It is a safe breeding place for these birds, since no predators come to this unfriendly terrain.

Natron

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Natron-Photo by Michael Poliza

Photo by Michael Poliza

3. Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Madagascar

The nature reserve on the western coast of Madagascar fascinates with the unusual karst limestone formations, known as Tsingy, which means where one cannot walk barefoot. It is sometimes referred as the stone forest. The reserve is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of its unique fauna and flora: from mangrove forests, to wild birds and lemurs – the island is a habitat for the rarest species. Some of them might be spotted while climbing in Tsingy.

Why to go there?

The razor sharp rocks are dangerous and yet form a unique site, found nowhere else. The park can be observed from the hiking trails. And of course there are those, who try to climb the rocks.

Tsingy-Photo by Stephen Alvarez

Photo by Stephen Alvarez

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Photo by Stephen Alvarez

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Photo by Stephen Alvarez

2. The Kawah Ijen Volcano, East Java, Indonesia

Ijen is a 20 kilometers wide caldera, which houses more volcanoes in it. One of them is the Kawah Ijen volcano, which is filled with sulfur. When it burns the blue flames appear – the site is especially amazing at night.

Why to go there?

Although the surroundings look rather unfriendly – an acid lake and petrified sulfur in the caldera – they are useful. The Ijen caldera is used as the coffee plantations, since the soil is very fertile. And the sulfur mine extracts the minerals. The site is also frequently visited by the tourists.

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Kawah-Photo by Puchong Pannoi

Photo by Puchong Pannoi

1. Mount St. Helens, Washington, USA

The volcano’s eruption in 1980 was one of the most devastating in USA. Only 154 km (96 mi) from Seattle, the eruption killed people, destroyed 298 km (185 mi) of highway and took away a cone summit, leaving a horseshoe crater.

Why to go there?

Many viewpoints to observe the active volcano, helicopter tours, Johnston Ridge Observatory provides more facts on Mount St. Helens – a must see once in the mountainous Washington area.

st-helens-Photo by Ryan Dyar

Photo by Ryan Dyar

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