In pics: Alien landscapes on Earth

Lenticular clouds over the Arctic sky look like a UFO sighting
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Our planet is full of so many natural wonders that in some places you actually wonder if you walked through a worm hole in space and reached another dimension far away, into an Alien Planet.

Within our Earth, there are ice landscapes in the Arctic that resemble Europa (a moon of Jupiter) and we have rocky red deserts that could well be on Mars, such as the Wadi Rum in Jordan or the Atacama of South America. Then there are volcanoes spewing out myriad hues like those on the surface of Io (another moon of Jupiter) or blue green lakes as those found on Titan (Saturn’s moon). On our planet we have places where you feel like you are Neil Armstrong who’s just landed on the lunar surface, such as in the Valley of the Moon in La Paz, Bolivia. Many of these strange worlds have been part of popular Hollywood movies such as The Martian, Interstellar, Star Wars amongst others. The below photographs have captured landscapes from all over our beautiful planet and hopefully they will capture your imagination as well.

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Bone dry like Mars - The Atacama Desert
Bone dry like Mars - The Atacama Desert
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Largest Salt Desert on Earth as seen from Cactus Island in Central Bolivia
Largest Salt Desert on Earth as seen from Cactus Island in Central Bolivia
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Colours being spewed out from the planet's core at Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand
Colours being spewed out from the planet's core at Wai-O-Tapu, New Zealand
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Hot volcanic vents in Chile similar to Jupiter's moon called Io
Hot volcanic vents in Chile similar to Jupiter's moon called Io
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Arctic has a flat icey surface similar to Europa, a moon of Jupiter
Arctic has a flat icey surface similar to Europa, a moon of Jupiter
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A blue acid pool in North Island, New Zealand resembling Titan, a moon of Saturn
A blue acid pool in North Island, New Zealand resembling Titan, a moon of Saturn
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The place were Hollywood's Martian was filmed-Wadi Rum, Jordan
The place were Hollywood's Martian was filmed-Wadi Rum, Jordan
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The rugged volcanic geography of central Iceland; not like the Earth we know
The rugged volcanic geography of central Iceland; not like the Earth we know
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Yellow acid pools en route to Dholavira in Kutch region, Western India
Yellow acid pools en route to Dholavira in Kutch region, Western India
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Barren Mars like environment in the Atacama desert in South America
Barren Mars like environment in the Atacama desert in South America
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The multicoloured Landmannalaugar mountains in Iceland
The multicoloured Landmannalaugar mountains in Iceland
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Algae lakes, high in salinity at 5000 meters in Andes Mountains of South America
Algae lakes, high in salinity at 5000 meters in Andes Mountains of South America
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Natural salt pans in Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
Natural salt pans in Maras, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru
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Bubbling mud pools alive with geothermal activity
Bubbling mud pools alive with geothermal activity
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Champagne pool in New Zealand-CO2 rises from the deep green central spring, while metal sulphides form the orange edge
Champagne pool in New Zealand-CO2 rises from the deep green central spring, while metal sulphides form the orange edge
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Trek on the lunar like barren surface of Greenland
Trek on the lunar like barren surface of Greenland
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The Devil's Bath in New Zealand-neon green sulphur lake
The Devil's Bath in New Zealand-neon green sulphur lake
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Iceland's Strokkur Geyser, spews out water in periodic intervals that can go upto 40 meters high
Iceland's Strokkur Geyser, spews out water in periodic intervals that can go upto 40 meters high
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Giant clay & sandstone spires in the Valley of the Moon, La Paz
Giant clay & sandstone spires in the Valley of the Moon, La Paz
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The rock of ages in Central America could well be on an exo-planet
The rock of ages in Central America could well be on an exo-planet
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A world more out of 'Lord of the Rings' than our blue planet
A world more out of 'Lord of the Rings' than our blue planet
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A combination of the fictitious planets - Mann & Miller from the movie Interstellar
A combination of the fictitious planets - Mann & Miller from the movie Interstellar
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Colours mixed on Earth's palette near Rotorua, New Zealand
Colours mixed on Earth's palette near Rotorua, New Zealand
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AUTHOR'S BIO: Nitin Gairola is a travel & conservation writer, photographer and a poet, besides being an enthusiast of the natural world. He has endless passion for learning about environmental conservation, wildlife biodiversity along with the history & cultures of people around the world and their present socio- economic situations. He has been to many parts of the Earth, covering the continents, polar caps, mountains, rainforests, jungles, savannahs, deserts and nearly a century of countries, in his personal quest to better understand the planet and its inhabitants. More on: www.facebook.com/NitinGairolaPhotography