Most of us are probably familiar with China's karst region, the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring limestone topography replete with sinkholes, vertical shafts, streams, springs, and underground caves. But as we learned from My Modern Met, the karst region isn't the only stunning natural wonder in southern China. The Danxia landform, pictured here in China's Gansu province, is a vast mountainous landscape with brilliant streaks of red, blue, gold, and green. And no, these aren't Photoshopped.
The post explains how the otherworldly landforms came to be:
Scientists postulate that the landscape's physical formation is the result of millions of years of orogenic movement, or structural deformation of the Earth's lithosphere due to tectonic plate movements. The mountainous landscape has dealt with water flow fissures, erosion, and oxidization due to high temperatures drying up the basin, which have all played a part in forming and exposing the colorful layers of sediments.
In 2010, the six component areas that make up the China Danxia were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, the scenic landscape is a tourist attraction, with pathways and boardwalks built to entice visitors to explore the terrain. Add this to our ever-growing list of places to visit.
(via My Modern Met)