The most dangerous places on the planet
There are thousands of magnificent natural objects in the world, and only a few of them are waiting for you in this collection, but believe me, they deserve special attention! These fascinating abysses, heights and coasts are special in that they are also the most dangerous and sometimes even deadly. Such places are very rare and often almost inaccessible to mere mortals.
1. Saltstraumen, Norway
Saltstraumen is a small Norwegian Gulf, navigation on which is only possible for the most experienced sailors. Local tides here are very powerful and form wide and deep whirlpools representing a serious danger to the lives of unprepared travelers and yachtsmen. From the outside, this place looks simply fascinating, as if somewhere under water a turbulent life is boiling, and a huge prehistoric creature is about to appear above its surface.
2. Cave Hufre Berger (Gouffre Berger), France
This abyss goes underground for 1200 meters, and although it just looks breathtakingly, and at the bottom of the cave there is even a huge lake, you can die here in a matter of seconds. When it rains, the cavity is completely filled with water, and all who at this moment end up inside Gufre Berger fall into a deadly trap. Many people have already died here, but this place still continues to attract researchers and connoisseurs of fatal beauty from around the world. However, only the most experienced speleologists can get to the bottom of the dungeon, because the descent is technically very difficult and requires certain skills, as well as the availability of professional equipment.
3. Scala Prekestulen, Norway (Preikestolen)
There is one very high and steep rock in Norway, which appeared here somewhere at the end of the last ice age – about 10,000 years ago. It was then that a huge glacier broke away, tearing off a part of the rock and revealing this impressive cliff. The square and almost flat ground is at an altitude of 604 meters above the Norwegian fjord Lyse, and in the future the rock will certainly continue to collapse, but it will stay in its place for long enough to have time to receive millions of tourists who want to tickle their nerves viewing platform. Prekestulen – famous landmark and favorite place for selfie. However, its high slope is a great danger for careless travelers, because if you stumble, you will face certain death. The most sophisticated basejumpers who come here from all over the world often jump from the cliff.
4. The Great Blue Hole
This huge underwater cavity is located on the coast of the Belize Barrier Reef (Belize). The cave has an almost perfect round shape, and its bottom is at a depth of almost 108 meters. This is the deepest sea hole on the planet and one of the best places for scuba diving. At one time, Jacques Cousteau himself visited here and glorified the Big Blue Hole for the whole world. It is safe to dive here, but if you dive deeper than 40 meters, anyone runs the risk of decompression sickness.
5. Antelope Canyon (Antelope Canyon), USA
This amazing place is located in the southwest states and is recognized as one of the most beautiful rock formations on earth. The slot canyon received its name from the red-and-red walls, resembling the color of antelope fur. However, this place did not accidentally fall into our list – here you can also die. When it rains, the fascinating crevices fill with water at an incredible speed, and turbulent flows can kill any living thing in its path.
6. K2 peak, Himalayas
You may even have seen a movie about this mountain. K2 (or Chogori) is the second highest peak in the world, and after Anapurna among climbers it is known as the most dangerous mountain to climb. Many experienced climbers died on its slopes, but it continues to attract lovers of the most extreme conditions and incredible beauties of the Himalayas. In winter, no one has yet managed to climb to its top, and in the most favorable months up to 25% of brave souls die here. In total, with the opening of K2, the mountain succumbed to approximately 290 climbers (66 of whom died), while the famous Everest would soon exceed the mark of 4,000 climbers.
7. Gates of Hell, Turkmenistan
Darvaz or popularly “The Gates of Hell” is a gas crater, the appearance of which involved Soviet geologists. During the exploratory drilling of a well, a collapse occurred here, and a huge amount of methane began to precipitate from the cavity (emptiness) to the surface. In 1980, researchers decided to set fire to a gas in order to prevent the spread of a toxic substance, but no one expected that the crater would burn for much longer than a few days. The gates of Hell have been burning for almost 40 years, and it is absolutely unknown when exactly they will die out.