Most Barren Places on Earth

A look at some very desolate places on this planet we live on but they still hold spectacular scenery.

Although this planet of ours offers magnificent scenery there are some places that are utterly desolate. These places present their own awe-inspiring magnificence in a very barren way. Some are parallel to the look of Mars and other planets and some you would imagine are somewhat alien. Here is a collection of the most barren places on Earth.

Dry Valley, Antarctica

When we think of the Antarctica we usually think of ice and snow but the Dry Valley holds very little of either of these. This is said to be the most comparable place to Mars that you can find on Earth and it’s easy to see why. This mesmerizing landscape is located in Victoria Land west of McMurdo Sound. The only thing that sees snow here are the small number of precipitous rocks which is the only continental piece of Antarctica that is devoid of ice. The terrain that is found here is so desolate it looks as if it doesn’t belong to our world. The valley holds a frozen lake that is frozen all year around and is estimated to be several meters deep. Under this ice lays extremely salty water. In this water there are mystifying simple organisms that are the focus of ongoing research.

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Socotra Island, Indian Ocean

Socotra Island is located in the Indian Ocean 250 km from Somalia and 340 km from Yemen. The wide sandy beaches rise to limestone plateaus full of caves which basically blows your mind when you’re thinking of normal here on Earth. In fact it looks more like a different planet. It is a component of four Islands that has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for at least 6 or 7 million years. It has a hot and dry climate and much like the Galapagos Islands. It is swarming with 700 exceptionally extraordinary species of flora and fauna and one third of these are prevalent. These trees and plants have only been preserved due to the long isolation, with some varieties being 20 million years old.  This island has mountains that reach 1525 meters towards the sky.

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Rio Tinto, Spain

The Rio Tinto, Spain is a landscape within a landscape. It resembles an unreal like lunar scene. The enormous open cast mine has consumed not only the mountains and valleys but complete villages. People had to reposition in special built towns in close proximity. This region is named after the river that flows through the region itself. It is named for the reddish streaks that color the stream. This red water is extremely acidic and very rich in heavy metal.

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10 Responses to “Most Barren Places on Earth”
  1. Frances Stanford Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Amazing article and pictures.


  2. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 6:33 am

    These really are spectacular places. A brilliant article and amazing photography.

    Christine


  3. Joe Dorish Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Awesome article and pictures. Would love to see these places in person.


  4. Kate Smedley Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Amazing article yaffel, you find the most beautiful pictures, thanks as always.


  5. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    These places are fantastic and gorgeous. They do look like another planet. Most of us never get to see such sights.


  6. Judy T Lloyd Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Great pictures, and yes this is an incredible planet.


  7. dee gold Says...

    On May 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I learned


  8. Anne McNew Says...

    On May 3, 2009 at 12:30 am

    those are magnificent sites for me


  9. Fornis Says...

    On May 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    This articles makes a wonderful reading.. Lot of interesting information.. Thanks for sharing, yaffel.

    I get a lot of doubts when I see these amazing things on Earth. Good inspiring work.


  10. CutestPrincess Says...

    On May 19, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    nice one… this one is on my draft too… lol!


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