Although science can explain almost everything that happens on this planet, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a little mystery. Some places are just so permeated by intrigue that there is no explaining it away. Below are just a handful of the most mysterious places on Earth.
Area 51, Russia
In 1947, after the Roswell UFO crashed, the area is believed to be the base to a captured fleet of alien bodics and unidentified flying saucers (UFO).
It is said that aliens and their broken craft have been taken to Area 51 for testing and that scientists have managed setting up future meeting with other alien life forms in the desert. Though none of the sayings have been proved, people also say that secret weapons, teleportation, weather control, time travel have being developed in Area 51.
People believe that the entire area is radioactive as a lot of nuclear weapons have been tested. If anybody wants to find out more, they won’t to able to get any closer without being escorted with the force.
US government had been denied the existence of the area until 8th December, 2013, when President Barack Obama made an offhand comment, becoming the first President to acknowledge the existence of Area 51 publicly.
Richat Structure, Mauritania
It is a bizarre circular feature, which found in the deserts, also known as the ‘Eye of the Sahara’. It is hardly noticeable when you stand in it; the view becomes prominent from above.
Scholars provide several theories. Some believe it was created by asteroids, while others say a volcanic eruption was the cause. The most new idea is that a large rock, which weathered down gradually, has resulted this feature to come about. However, the ideal sphere and the equidistant rings are still subjects of speculation.
Nazca Lines. Peru
The Nazca Lines, mysterious geoglyphs, which span a huge swath of the rugged Peruvian desert, remain an engima. No one has evidence as to who built them and what their purpose was. Since their discovery, the they have enthused fantastic explanations from ancient gods, a landing strip for returning aliens, a celestial calendar created by the ancient Nazca civilization — putting the creation of the lines between 200 BC and 600 AD, used for rituals probably related to astronomy, to confirm the ayllus or clans who made up the population and to determine through ritual their economic functions held up by reciprocity and redistribution, or a map of underground water supplies.
It is located in the Nazca Desert, a high arid plateau that stretches between Nazca and Palpa town.
Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
In 1972, Soviet scientists managed to successfully open up this gateway of hell as they were drilling for natural gases. The search created a huge 230 ft wide, blazing crater and it hasn’t stopped throwing out fire ever since.
The fire hasn’t stopped burning for over 40 years now. The location looks like a science fiction work and many get very close to the edge to feel the rush of heat. Turkmenistan President had ordered the gateway to be closed but it is not possible until the natural gas supply comes to an end, which is a ongoing mystery.
Superstition Mountain, East Phoenix, Arizona
Legend say, in 1800s Jacob Walts, a German immigrant, discovered a gold mine inside the mountain, didn’t discuss the exact location with anyone, until his deathbed, upon which may or may not have told a single person the secret.
In spite of many expeditions, the mine has never been found until. People say that the spirits of the people, who lost their lives while expedition, still haunts the mountain.
It is believed that creatures called Tuar-Tums (“Little People”), who live below the mountains in caves and tunnels, protects the mine. Some Apaches believed that the entrance to hell is located in the mountains.
The legends and the lore of the mountain can be experienced at the Superstition Mountain Museum on the Apache Trail, where artifacts of the Lost Dutchman are on display.
Aokighara Forest, Japan
Stretching across 3500 hectares, this forest is located at the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan. Other than the fact that it is one of the most enchanting forests in the world, what make the Aokighara stand apart are the more than a few cases of haunting and apparitions. There has been a severe rate of suicide and is now known as having the second highest rate of suicide in the world.
Bigelow Ranch, Utah US
Terry and Gwen Sherman was once owner of the Bigelow Ranch, but they had so much mystical activity happening on the land that they quickly sold up and ran. Ten of their cows got vanished without a trace, great balls of light flew across the sky, “doorways” opened in mid-air which were claimed to be inter-dimensional portals, large silver spheres “the size of football fields” were seen above the ranch. The final straw was when their family dogs went missing.
The worst mystery that surrounds the ranch is how animals have been found slaughtered without any blood loss. The dead bodies of the animals that had been mutilated were found with their skeletons removed or single incisions to their major organs; but no blood fall on the ground – the work of a real predator.
South Atlantic Anomaly, Brazil
Located around 300 km off the coast of Brazil, it is also called Bermuda Triangle in Space. It is one of the most dangerous areas of radiation ever encountered.
It is an area where the Earth’s inner Van Allen radiation belt comes closest to the Earth’s surface dipping down to an altitude of 200 km.
This place creates havoc with satellites and spacecrafts. Astronauts’ on the space shuttle complained laptop computers would sometimes crash when they passed through the anomaly. NASA satellites that travel in this region are shut down, or go into SAFE mode to avoid damage.
Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia
The Bolivian wonder is truly bewitching with its 10,583 square km of salt made flat surface, double up as a clear reflective mirror when it is covered with water. Walk on this natural wonder, and you would feel as if you are walking on the clouds. The Salar de Uyuni is also famous for the numerous flamingoes that thrive in this place.
Overtoun Bridge, Scotland
In the last 50 years 50 dogs have jumped off the Overtoun Bridge in Dumbarton, Scotland. They met their death all in the same place, on the right-hand side between the last two parapets, on jagged rocks 40ft below the historic location. The most recorded was 5 dogs in just six months.
Many believe the bridge is haunted after an incident in 1994 when a man named Kevin Moy threw his baby son to death from the bridge; as he believed the newborn was the anti-Christ. He then tried to kill himself but was unsuccessful and when asked why he committed such a heinous crime, he confessed the bridge had made him do it as it had a powerful effect on him.
The Devil Sea, Japan
It is located in the Pacific Ocean around the Japanese island of Miyake, 100 km south of Tokyo. The Devil Sea is also known as Dragon’s Triangle as ancient legends suggests dragons lived off the coast of Japan.
There has been a lot of suspicious activity took place like several disappearances of planes and ships.
The Japanese Government sent a 31 member investigation team in 1952. The whole team, including the ship disappeared in the sea. Another story tells Kublai Khan’s terrible attempt to invade Japan by crossing the sea, losing at least 40000 men in process.
Other speculations range from aliens, to gates to parallel universes, high volcanic activity leading to disappearances and even to Atlantis.
Sailing Stones of Death Valley, California
A sailing rock is one which can slide or move in a particular track without the help of animals or humans. These sailing rocks have been found in abundance at California’s Death Valley. What makes it eerie is the lack of an explanation behind this geological occurrence. It becomes even stranger when some rocks slide in a straight line while other move across curved or circular tracks.