5 Stunning Geological Wonders You Need to See in Person
Incredible geological features have formed on this planet as result of water current, natural erosion, volcanic eruptions and meteor crashes. If you’re curious about some of the most striking ones, here’s a look at five stunning geological wonders you need to experience in person.
The Blue Hole, Belize
This top dive site in Belize is nearly 1,000 feet across and just over 400 feet deep. Its formation can be traced back to the karstification of limestone. During the last ice age, sudden rising seawaters flooded the cavern, submerging its near perfect sphere. It gained popularity in the diving community thanks to Jacques Cousteau, who came to explore Belize and what lies below the Blue Hole. It’s also part of the Belize Barrier Reef System, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Today, scuba divers flock to the Blue Hole to explore the massive stalagmites and stalactites. If you’re not a diver, you can still experience the beauty of the Blue Hole by booking a tour through either Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. For a really unique experience, you can even take a helicopter over the Blue Hole.
Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States
Located in Arizona, Antelope Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons you can visit in the world. Its Navajo name is Tsé bighánílíní, which means "the place where water runs through rocks." This slot canyon was created by rock erosion and flash floods from above. The speeding water and sand helped carve out and smooth the edges of this canyon, creating the wider areas seen today.
Antelope Canyon sits on Navajo land, and as such, you can only visit in guided tours, which are limited per day. If you want the more private tour for photographers, you’ll want to book as far ahead as possible, as they do sell out daily.