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Travel with Mint – Unusual Landscapes

Dead Vlei, Namibia

Using your imagination travel this week with Mint to the world’s most amazing and unusual landscapes. This is combined with an eclectic selection of beautiful pieces in perfect harmony with nature.

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Dead Vlei, Namibia
Dead Vlei, literally dead marsh, sits among the tallest sand dunes in the world, with some as high as 400 meters. Once abundant, the now almost barren area is home to a vast stand of dead Camel Thorn trees, dried out because of an intense change in climate 900 years ago. The dry weather means they cannot decompose, creating a truly eerie landscape.

 

Dallol, Ethiopia
With temperatures averaging a blistering 94 degrees Fahrenheit, Dallol is one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. Besides its ungodly heat, Dallol is best known for its colourful hydrothermal fields, with aquamarine green pools and yellow rocks appearing like a surrealist painting against the florid red rock formations. The bright colours are due to inorganic iron oxidation.

 

Chocolate Hills, Philippines
The rolling Chocolate Hills of Bohol in the Philippines could easily be mistaken for a child’s landscape drawing. But these 1,268 hills are very much a natural phenomenon: conical limestone peaks formed through the actions of water and erosion over thousands of years. Legend has it the hills are the dried tears of a heartbroken giant.

 

Great Blue Hole, Belize
At 300 meters wide and around 125 meters deep, the Great Blue Hole is the biggest sinkhole in the world.  Part of the Belize Barrier Reef System, the hole was formed as sea levels rose thousands of years ago, flooding its deep caves.

 

Snow Monsters, Mount Zao, Japan
High in Japan’s northern Tohoku region, Mount Zao is home to this vast strip of icy sculptures. As winter comes on hard and harsh, Siberian winds blow across the Zao range and snow falls and freezes on the mountain’s trees. The trees then freeze into interesting forms, resembling creatures straight out of a manga comic.

 

Dead Sea, Jordan
The lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea is more than nine times saltier than the sea. Salt deposits on its bottom ensure that bathers remain buoyant, while the water’s rejuvenating properties have made it a go to for health tourists for centuries.

 

Cano Cristales, Colombia
In the brief period between Colombia’s wet and dry seasons, the waters of Cano Cristales become a riot of red, yellow and green. This vibrant occurrence is due to Macarenia clavigera, a plant found on the riverbed.

 

The Eye of the Sahara, Mauritania
From space, this 40-kilometer wide geological marvel is striking. It is believed to be an eroded dome, rather than an impact crater and resembles a fossilized ammonite when seen from Earth’s orbit.