8 natural wonders, which are actually created by man
In the world there are a lot of very unusual places and breathtaking creations of nature. But sometimes, when the «improvement» mother nature takes people, it leads to very unexpected results and there are very strange, incredible miracles of nature. See for yourself!
1. Drzava or «the Gates of hell» — it is a gas crater in Turkmenistan, which never ceases to burn for 40 years. It «great» creation — is the work of Soviet engineers, who in 70-ies of the last century looking for oil.
During the drilling portion of the soil under which was a large gas field had failed. Fearing toxic fumes, Soviet engineers didn’t think up anything cleverer, than to burn gas in order to get rid of it. Here it also burns four decades, continuing to terrify and remind you how destructive humans are.
2. Fly Geyser or fly geyser. Actually is a permanent thermal spring, which, again, appeared due to human intervention. In 1916 there were performed drilling works and 60 years of groundwater with the inclusion of mineral wells broke through to the surface, creating this amazing creation.
3. Water Rio Tinto in the Spanish region of Andalusia, the color of blood. The pH of this water is $ 2, making it virtually impossible dwelling in it most of the organisms existing on the Earth. Actually this river is poisonous. But why, you ask? The fact is that for centuries in this region mined copper, silver, gold and other minerals, resulting in and contamination of the river. The red color of its waters gives the copper contained in it in large quantities. (Photo: RioTinto2006/WikimediaCommons).
4. The blue lagoon in Iceland — it is a large pool filled with salted thermal water. Warm lagoon appeared due to human activity, namely, a nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi, which needed a place to store excess water pumped. Blue lagoon is located near the international airport of Iceland and is one of the largest tourist attractions of the island. It is believed that its highly mineralized water has beneficial effects on the skin.
5. Emerald lake in Szczecin (in Poland) got its name because of the color. The emerald hue of the water gives a high content of calcium carbonate resulting from the decomposition of calcite. The lake is located directly on the site of an ancient mine of chalk and marl. During mining operations, July 16, 1925, the miners reach a layer of sand, which began to ooze water. The mine was partially flooded and on the bottom of the lake it is still possible to find remnants of mining equipment. Fortunately, all workers during the flooding managed to escape.
6. This huge yellow mountain — not to start construction of the pyramid, and the dump, resulting from the extraction of oil Sands. A byproduct of this process is sulfur, which mining companies do not quite know what to do. Employees Syncrude came up with the brilliant idea: to make of sulfur is unusual but very attractive pyramid.
7. A desert in the middle of Europe? Desert Bledowska (Błędowska) — a huge area of volatile Sands, an area of 33 square kilometers (and in the worst times of 150 square kilometers), which lies on the border of the Silesian upland and Paternal plateau in Poland. It was formed as a result of human activity, including due to deforestation and the development of the mining industry and metallurgy. The groundwater level there has dropped so low that the plants stopped growing.
8. These unusual, colorful lake in the middle of the mountains in the U.S. state of Utah — this is the so called evaporative tanks. They are used for gradual evaporation of water in the production process of potash (potassium carbonate), which is currently used mainly in the production of fertilizers.