The Danakil Depression, also referred to as the Afar Triangle, can be found in the north of Ethiopia. It is called a triangle as it is positioned on the junction of three tectonic plates. This area is the hottest place on earth and is located at staggering 100 meters below sea-level. Due to the constant volcanic activity the area is very popular among scientists researching microbes, algae and volcanoes. You can also find the Dallol Sulfur Springs here which looks more like an area from some distant planet than a place on earth. The volcanic activity and the sulphur have caused the spring to turn into a distinct bright yellow colour and it is an otherworldly sight.
This great mountainous area, looks like something painted on a canvas and not what you can find in the real world. Nothing is further from the truth. In fact, you can find these incredible mountains in the inland of China, and are called the Zhangye Danxia rock formations.
These mountains have gotten their bright colours because of their location, between two tectonic plates, and the constant extreme weather that has battered these ranges for 25 million years. It’s the perfect place for a colourful holiday photo!
This amazing geyser, located in the Nevada Desert, is the most colourful geyser in the world. Even though the spewing water is crystal clear, the geyser itself is tainted with all colours of the rainbow. Depending on the light, it ranges from bright red to yellow and green. This colourful marvel came into existence by accident when the local population tried to drill a hole to reach a hot spring below the surface when a leak sprung in the pipe. When the hot water, rich with minerals, surfaced, it created the perfect habitat for algae that, in turn, gave the geyser its distinctive colouring.
In the remote area of Chile Chico in Chili you will find these azure coloured marble caves. The area, bordering Argentina, gets its blue colour from rays of sun that reflect on the water against the marble walls. Because the water level and the sunrays are different every day, the colours change constantly which gives every visitor a unique perspective.
Located in the centre of Yellowstone national park, it is the largest hot spring of the United States and is visited by more than 3 million people a year. The spring was first officially examined 1871 and was named after its striking colouration. Depending on the time of the year you visit, the colours will differ from a bright red to dark green outer ring with yellow, blue and light green closer to the centre. The most district colours can be seen during the summer months when the outer ring turns to bright orange.
Laguna Colorada can be found at an altitude of over 2.6 miles deep in the Andes Mountains. This orange coloured lake is a massive 23 square miles in size and is home to one of the world’s most iconic bird, the Flamingo. The birds feast on the abundant algae and flock from great distances to the area. The algae are not only a magnet for wildlife but also the reason that the water has its deep orange colour. With the high mountains in the background the lake is a wondrous sight and well worth the visit when you are in Bolivia.
On Middle Island, the largest island of the Recherche Archipelago, just off the coast of the town Esperance you will find Lake Hillier. The lake is the same as any other island lake with one distinct difference, the lake is completely pink. Scientists are not sure where the lake gets its colour from, but the most common theory is that the lake gets the colour from bacteria that live inside salt crusts. The best view of the lake you will get from the lookout on top of the sand dunes. From here you have an amazing view of the entire island.