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These are the strangest landscapes on Earth (according to Sierra Club)

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The Sierra Club has released a pretty great roundup of "Earth's Weirdest Landscapes," and their selections are as bizarre as they are beautiful.

Highlights include East Antarctica's sanguinary Blood Falls, California's otherworldly Mono Lake and Western Australia's Pepto-Bismolesque Lake Hillier, pictured above.


Our favorite landscape in the lineup? The Giant's Causeway, in Northern Ireland – for the myth associated with its formation, if nothing else:

Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of some 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns, which jut from the North Channel along the edge of the Antrim Plateau. Legend has it that the Irish giant Finn McCool built the causeway across the channel so that he could meet his foe, the Scottish giant Benandonner, who had challenged him to a fight. According to geological studies, the Giant's Causeway first formed as a lava plateau when molten rock erupted through fissures in the earth. During a period of intense volcanic activity about 50 to 60 million years ago, differences in the lava cooling rate caused the columns to form, while further weathering created circular formations nicknamed "giant's eyes."

Despite modern science's explanation, visitors still delight in the local lore. If you look closely, you can make out traces of Finn McCool in the causeway's rock structures such as the Giant's Boot, the Wishing Chair, and the Organ.


Check out the whole roundup over at Sierra Club.