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Until the Mystery Unravels

It is always fun to unwind mysterious situations. Whether it is delusional or a fact, everyone believes that there is always a scientific conclusion to it. Yet, a few incidents remain clueless even after gazillion amount of research on them. Did someone say traditions? Maybe they are also one of the many conclusions. Here, I bring to you some of the most mysterious places in the whole wide world. Read through and wait until the mystery unravels…


Moguicheng, China

Until the Mystery Unravels

Moguicheng is an area located in the desert of the Xinjiang town in China. The region is full of mystery with strange things happening there and so is named Moguicheng, meaning the ‘city of devil’ or the ‘city of Satan’. The area is beautiful with its numerous crisscrossing earth mounds of different heights. The strong blowing winds have shaped the stones there. Some even look scary like demons. Even stones of red, blue, white and orange color are scattered here thus creating a scary ambiance.

It is not the natural beauty of this place that attracts tourists, but it is the mysterious sounds coming from this place that bring them here. Walking through the desert, towards the old abandoned city, people have reported some extremely strange occurrences. Visitors are adamant that they have heard a range of scary sounds floating on the breeze, from weird melodies and the sound of guitar strings gently being plucked to babies crying and tigers roaring. Nobody till date has been able to any sort of source to these sounds.


Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean

The Bermuda Triangle has a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including the one in which the pilots of a squadron of US Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area, the planes were never found. Other boats and planes have seemingly vanished from the area on good weather without even radioing distress messages. But although myriad fanciful theories have been proposed regarding the Bermuda Triangle, none of them prove that mysterious disappearances occur more frequently there than any other well-traveled sections of the ocean.


Richat Structure, Mauritania

The Richat structure is also known as the ‘Eye of the Sahara’. It’s a distinct and prominent circular geographical feature in the Sahara Desert. At roughly 30 miles wide, you probably wouldn’t notice that you were within it. But from an aerial view and even from space it is highly visible. Originally, it was thought to be the product of an asteroid impact and later people thought it could have been created by a volcanic eruption. The main school of thought today says that it was once a circular rock formation that has gradually bee eroded. Several mysteries still surround the areas, such as why the structure is nearly a perfect circle and why the rings are equidistant from each other.


Cano Cristales, Columbia

Cano Cristales is a river located in the Serrenia de la Macerana region of Columbia. This isn’t just any river, it has been referred to as an ‘the most beautiful river in the world’. For much of the year it looks just as the same as any other river, but for a short amount of time between September and November- in the transition period between wet and dry seasons- it transforms into a wash of color. The reds, pinks, blues, greens, and yellows that adorn the river are actually unique types of flora growing on the river bed.

Cano Cristales has been called as the ‘river of five colors’. It is located in a remote, isolated area not easily accessible by road. The site was closed to tourists for several years because of terrorist activity in the region along with concerns of the environmental impact of tourism. It was reopened to visitors in 2009 and today there are several tourist agencies that are ready to fly travelers to la Macarena from where is a short trip to the beautiful river.


Teotihuacan, Mexico

Teotihuacan is an archeological site located about 30 miles from the modern-day Mexico City. It was one of the largest urban centers in the ancient world. No one knows who actually built it. About 1400 years ago the place went into a period of decline due to a fire that caused a great damage. However, even with the decline, the city was never truly lost – the Aztecs made regular pilgrimages to the site in later periods. What the city’s own habitats call it is unknown. At its zenith, Teotihuacan encompassed an urban core of about 8 square miles with a population of more than 100,000 people. It is also home to the ‘Pyramid of sun’, one of the most amazing pyramids in the world.


Mount Roraima, Brazil

Mount Roraima is particularly unusual to look at because, rather than finishing in a peak like most mountains, its top is a large plateau. It is thought to be amongst the world’s oldest geological formations and its plateau was most likely created by winds and rains. The plateau is often cloaked with clouds, which are more than often near the top of the mountain. It has a particularly large number endemic species of flora and fauna- species that can be found nowhere else on Earth. There is still no explanation as to why the top of the mountains is flat and why it has an abundance of flora and fauna.


Yonaguni Monument, Japan

Discovered in 1857, amid controversy the Yonaguni monument is a submerged rock formation that is thought to be remnants of a 10,000-year-old Japanese civilization. Maasaki Kimura, a marine Geologist has spent 15 years diving amid the Yonaguni Anomaly. Kimura, over these years, has come to this conclusion that this monument is most definitely human-made.

The structure itself looks like a ziggurat, a type of structure found in Latin American pyramids and Middle Eastern cities. However, this construction is not alone. Alongside the monument, ten other structures have been found on Yonaguni. These include a castle, five temples like structures and what seems to be a huge stadium. What is more interesting is that all of these structures are connected by roads and water lines.


McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

The McMurdo dry valleys could be the ‘most secret place on Earth’. This little-known area is one of the most extreme deserts and perhaps the driest place in the world- receiving just 4 inches of precipitation each year but strangely it is located slap bang in the middle of the usual ice and snow of Antarctica. Rather than being covered in snow, this bleak and barren landscape is completely bare. The area even lacks any terrestrial vegetation, although some lichens, mosses, and nematodes live there. Scientists have said that the Dry Valley area is probably the only place on this planet that is most similar to the environment on Mars.

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