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10 Extreme Oddities of Earth’s Physical Geography

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Support our efforts to make videos about what we want: https://www.patreon.com/toptenz/overview While it is fairly familiar to us as our home, the Earth is apparently anything but your everyday planet. That is why we are habituated to Earth as our home in the universe; but in fact, this planet is the definition of exotic. In this account, we look at the most bizarre aspects of the Earth’s physical geography that may appear to defy natural order or human logic. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Lesser Known Amazing Natural Wonders to See Before You Die https://youtu.be/JCcZR3UaeQ0?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKNxJ-0WBuO_bl54ynbD6o- Revolutionary Implications of QUANTUM PHYSICS https://youtu.be/Y51_uIPBJ6g?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnKNxJ-0WBuO_bl54ynbD6o- Text version: https://www.toptenz.net/10-extreme-oddities-of-earths-physical-geography.php Coming up: 10. Island in a Lake on an Island in a Lake on an Island 9. Mount Erebus, Antarctica 8. Giant Crystal Cave, Mexico 7. Sailing Stones, Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, California 6. Natural Bridges National Monuments 5. Wave Rock 4. Giant’s Causeway 3. Mount Roraima 2. Desert Beaches of Peru 1. Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkey Source/Further reading: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/85342 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/antarctica-erupts-140405968/ https://youtu.be/jb1bL8xTqAs https://www.tourismontheedge.com/get-extreme/largest-crystals-in-the-world-giant-crystal-cave-mexico https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-sailing-stones-of-racetrack-playa https://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm https://youtu.be/tTdDO_mKTTA http://canyouactually.com/this-incredible-natural-rock-formation-in-australia-looks-like-giant-waves/ https://discovernorthernireland.com/Giants-Causeway-Antrim-Northern-Ireland-Bushmills-P2800/ https://youtu.be/u1c4SEB_iRM http://mountroraima.net/ https://youtu.be/nxL9905RCks http://www.discover-peru.org/peru-geography-coast/ https://curiosity.com/topics/cappadocia-turkey-is-all-honeycombed-hills-and-hot-air-balloons-curiosity/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The_Earth_seen_from_Apollo_17.jpg https://www.maxpixel.net/static/photo/1x/Keep-Give-Earth-Take-World-Pass-Globe-Ball-3258865.jpg https://mapswire.com/maps/countries/canada-simple-map-large.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nunavut,_Canada.svg https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Antarctic_Volcano_Mount_Erebus.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t44OFIiT4s0 https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Ross_Island_Map_USGS_250k.png https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mount_Erebus_craters,_Ross_Island,_Antarctica_(aerial_view,_18_December_2000).jpg https://get.pxhere.com/photo/writing-hand-number-stone-love-red-color-instrument-measure-health-fitness-gym-measurement-close-up-font-art-fat-handwriting-weights-calligraphy-scales-shape-loss-diet-emotion-pound-dieting-weighing-weight-scale-weight-loss-overweight-592326.jpg https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%B0%D0%B9%D0%BB:Vraptor-scale.svg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cristales_cueva_de_Naica.JPG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgUFb_l4DLE https://www.flickr.com/photos/julierohloff/13883926326 https://www.maxpixel.net/static/photo/1x/Summer-Nature-Landscape-Natural-Rock-Big-Stone-2715446.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Racetrack_Playa_in_Death_Valley_National_Park.jpg
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Brian Melancon (2 hours ago)
Location of the island-lake-island... 69°47'33.3"N 108°14'26.5"W so you don't have to spend 10 minutes locating it.
Burg means somehing like Castle not Mountain.
Sash EX (2 days ago)
please respond to this comment <3 what exactly were your thoughts as you were recording the lake island lake island lake island hahaha. you seem deeply troubled by either the correct amounts of lakes or islands you must speak about or something else.. please explain lol. <3
Ryan Michaud (2 days ago)
The audio seems like crap in this one. Idk maybe just me
Andy Dufresne (3 days ago)
I always say Earth is likely among the most interesting and beautiful planets in the galaxy. We know of no other place even remotely like it in the universe, yet. Mercury is pretty dull. Mars has some incredible volcanoes and canyons, but still relatively boring in general. Venus might have once looked similar to Earth before Earth developed life, but now it's kind of blah. Earth is like an oasis in the vast desert of the universe.
cronkite satellite (7 days ago)
Thank you for all of the brain food!!!!!!
Ciro Amaya (11 days ago)
Wow that first one is a mouthful.
Tim Jantzen (14 days ago)
I don’t know how but you managed to make a clickbait buzzfeed article even longer to get through
hoosierhiver (17 days ago)
bleak places are under-rated
swordofhonor2 (18 days ago)
I know you from another channel.... is that legal? Work on two channels?
Jason Poe (19 days ago)
The info is great, even when sometimes slightly inaccurate on this channel. The cadence, poor pronunciation, and speaking, is a D-. If not for the info, I’d leave quickly!
beast shawnee (23 days ago)
This was great but hard to see any details on my handheld phone...Perhaps more cutaways right go the actual full screen of some detail areas! I really enjoyed the content! And the Narration was great.
romanvampire (1 month ago)
damn, youtube subtitle refuses to hear you as english in this video ! trying to change nederlands to english, the only result was that the extreme weird subtitle suddenly were auto-translated in english, leading to even weirder subtitels with no connection whatsoever to what been said in the video :D
Wilfred Morin (1 month ago)
All but the USA use the SI units of measurement. Why do you use the obsolete USA chaotic irrational set of measurements in your descriptions? Please joint the rest of the world!
binaway (1 month ago)
A natural bridge (London Bridge) that existed along the Great Ocean Rd at Port Campbell Vic Australia collapsed into the sea in 1990 isolating the smaller natural bridge (London Arch). This was 6 weeks after a helicopter crashed into one end of (London Bridge). Now trapped on the new island two tourists had to be rescued by a police helicopter
James McCrea (1 month ago)
Vulcan Point Island is also an island on a lake, on an island in a lake of an island, but in the Pacific.
ilikepizza (1 month ago)
Is that British V-Sauce?
Maggie Foster (1 month ago)
One of my favorite burns toward America was a meme I saw about it. It said Canada was so embarrassed by America that the country itself was slowly moving away, piece by piece. 😆😂
Kevin Evans (1 month ago)
Tuff. Otherwise, brilliant.
Erik Blomström (1 month ago)
Can you please add metric measurements in the videos?
john ori (1 month ago)
These are oddities from ancient earth. Modern science lies. Giants existed and Tartaria built most of the ancient churches.
Thomas Darby (1 month ago)
Mt. Roraima was also the setting for the original 1960 version of Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World." There were dinosaurs up there! Lol.
SLR Vids (1 month ago)
You could crack a joke once in a while.. your rendition tone is very monotonous. great content though 👍😂
Tiago Seiler (1 month ago)
Mount Roraima is not in "the wilderness of Venezuela". It's a triple border location between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.
Jon Andreson (1 month ago)
Most annoying human voice speaking English on the Internet
greanstreak04 (1 month ago)
All the petty whining in these comments... wahhh, metric. Wahhh you didn't show this, that, and those. Wahh, metric. Wahhh you mispronounced something. Get over it and have a nice day.
Declan Conroy (1 month ago)
No one tell the Ancient Aliens guys about this stuff. I'm sure they'll come up with "alternative" explanations.
franl155 (1 month ago)
re the giant crystals - I read that they've stopped growing because the liquid the cave was filled with has been drained by humans. So we'll never know how much bigger they could have got. Way to go, H Sapiens.
Matdy James (1 month ago)
Mate... don't use Daily Heil as a reference.
Killer97 (1 month ago)
is the host the guy from the gadget show on the science discovery channel from like 8 years ago? if so I loved that show
Andre Bonner (1 month ago)
04:18 - Fortress of Solitude, I seen it in Superman: the movie. Why are they not respecting Superman's privacy, damn, dude intentionally named it the Fortress of Solitude. You just can't win with you motherfckers.
8:10 'lepracorns' ????
Austin Harding (2 months ago)
surprised how many things that should have been on this list, but weren't, rather than some of the more boring ones here, cases in point: the mirror lakes in Bolivia, the rainbow creek in Columbia(or Venezuela), those razor sharp spiky rock spires in Madagascar, and of course who could ever leave out Yellowstone
J. F. D. Smit (2 months ago)
When i saw no.2, I first thought of then Namibian Skeleton Coast.
Malaclypse I (2 months ago)
Electric Universe!!! Despite my accent I don't know what whorestream science doesn't know!
skelethrone666 (2 months ago)
I want to see the lakeception outtakes :D
Keith Graham (2 months ago)
The Mail Online! Slap your wrists!
Don Merrigan (2 months ago)
When he pronounces leprechauns like leprecons it makes me think of harden leprechaun criminals that have been incarcerated in a max security prison somewhere.
*Sees sailing stones* "The pioneers used to ride these babies for miles!"
War Pig (2 months ago)
There's two types of countries in the world: Those that send men to the Moon and Those that use the metric system
Paulo Gomes (2 months ago)
What about starting using the metric system??
Yavor Kapitanov (2 months ago)
Simon don't you get a break from all those videos?
mrCHADcarreon (2 months ago)
Luzon Island of the Philippines, I thought, is the largest Islandception/lakeception in the world. It's called Taal Lake/Taal Island...
Joshua Lunderville (2 months ago)
New Hampshire boasts two rock formations one of which is unfortunately no longer with us. The old man of the mountain fell over a decade ago after several attempts to save him. The second is called Indian head. There is a tall fire tower style structure that gives tourist a prime view of a Native American Chief protruding from the side of a mountain surrounded my fantastic foliage.
Drop and Offset (2 months ago)
Racetrack stones... not playa's, they just move a lot. ...sorry.
Bent Neatly (2 months ago)
Why are the first two The Terror references?!?!
Darth Bane (2 months ago)
Use the metric system. Or at least both metric and imperial. Were not all americanos and englanders
Harmonica Man (2 months ago)
Isle Royal in Michigan has the lake island thing going on too. Just thought I'd mention it.
J Anderson (2 months ago)
Wait, are you suggesting that stones do not move on their own outside of California?
V. Alleyn Nelson (2 months ago)
Damn, you are quite wordy.
Jonathan Cardy (2 months ago)
I think the rock in Turkey you are talking about is tuff not tuft, if so it is the same easily worked rock that most of the Easter Island statues are made of.
Dusty Rusty (2 months ago)
Simon: please go back to citing measurements in metrics, not Imperial. I live in the USA, and grew up (as a Baby Boomer) with inches, feet, yards...now the ROW is totally metric, we need to get there ourselves. Our Military uses metric, and our science also. You would be doing us a great service by chucking out Imperial measurements and making us think metric. Thank you.
Dr Do-Little (15 days ago)
+14534 Socialist French? 😅 Let say the whole planet minus one or two third world country ... and that one stuck in 1950.
14534 (15 days ago)
Dusty Rusty no thank you. Imperial system for life - leave the metric system to the socialist French.
Callie Thompson (17 days ago)
I agree as an Australian because the closest we get to using imperial is some people still refer to their height as feet but I still have to convert that in my head
Dr Do-Little (19 days ago)
+David Roddini I say use real measurements and put the antiquated one as subtiles. Like we do for the hearing impaired.
David Roddini (19 days ago)
Dusty Rusty I don’t care which he uses as long as the other is displayed on the video as text for those not used to the system he uses.
Andre (2 months ago)
You could have mentioned the "Eye of the Sahara".
Cláudio Sampaio (2 months ago)
"Dislike" for not using metric units!
Wanda Burns (2 months ago)
You left out Natural Bridge, VA.
Noviian (2 months ago)
it's pronounced noo-na-voot? why was I never taught this in school?? - a canadian
Trotskisty (2 months ago)
What's that in Metric?
Peizxcv (2 months ago)
0:28 - Canada is the 4th largest country by land area after Russia, China and US, not the 2nd largest. Canada and the US often adds lakes and territorial waters into size figures to be placed ahead of China but by land size alone, China is comfortably larger.
Doug Reimer (9 days ago)
+Peizxcv Your rational holds as much water as creationism...empty.
Peizxcv (9 days ago)
Doug Reimer Haha, you make a poor fake atheist
Doug Reimer (9 days ago)
That's nonsense....are you self taught?..sounds like creationism logic.
Peizxcv (2 months ago)
itsallgood today Link to the location where you find Canada and the US is bigger than China by land area please
itsallgood today (2 months ago)
I did.
Richard McMillan (2 months ago)
213 aliens..
lionn420 (2 months ago)
RE: #8.............you forgot to mention the heat and humidity in the crystal cave limits the time people can stay before getting heat stroke.
Gabriel Savin (2 months ago)
"Resembling bridges with their bridge shape".... ffs 🤣
farfett_il-lejl (2 months ago)
The stubborn insistence on using the imperial system when almost the whole world uses metric (as well as americanisms used by Simon) are a sad sign of our times
JCO2002 (2 months ago)
A minor quibble - the crystal formations aren't stalactites or stalagmites, which form from dripping water in dry chambers. The crystals formed in a supersaturated solution of gypsum - the chamber was flooded until, I believe, a mine passage caused it to drain. Stewart - Jamaican Caves Organisation.
Charles Lee (3 months ago)
at 0:35 the map in the background says "Hundson Bay"
Phoenix (3 months ago)
If you read about astronomy, you will find that in our solar system that there are many, many strange things that occur there as well; much like how strange things occur here. For instance, Jupiter Great Red spot, the Saturn Hexagon, Martian blue-berries, water on the moon, the 4th of July storms of Saturn, and pancakes on Venus etc etc etc.
realism51 (3 months ago)
Aliens move teh rocks in the desert man,, lmao they wanna communicate man, like they need more doobies (is that still a term in this day and age)
SiCkSc UpSoFrIcE (3 months ago)
There's a girl's face in the wood on the bridge on the Ireland one, creeeeepy!!!! 8:26 into the video
Nicole K (3 months ago)
Enormity of nature? Enormity implies a certain act of will. Hilter's actions had enormity. Enormousness, large size would be correct.
Just William (2 months ago)
Quite right, but (almost) no-one cares about the proper use of English these days.
Zeph Smith (3 months ago)
Having visited Devil's Postpile National Monument in California a couple of weeks ago, the Giant's Causeway looks very familiar...
amsterob (3 months ago)
what's this flashing the screen crap ya freakin kook.
thenext poetician (3 months ago)
This is an electric universe. Check out the Thunderbolts Project, and Eric P. Dollard. Earth was sculpted by arc-blasted plasma discharges and hypersonic shockwave harmonics. All the features we see on earth have been replicated in the lab. The mainstream models are, not surprisingly, crumbling.
HomeMoviesdotCa (3 months ago)
why all you 'top ten' yakkers speak so fast ?
Luigi Benni (3 months ago)
not impressive, really... any chance that you switch to metric system any time soon?
Brian Sheridan (3 months ago)
You obviously have not watched 'There are no Forests on Earth' check the Giants Causeway +++ and take back lots o the nonsense you have been telling us
meezerpocalypse (3 months ago)
better view of the ice towers?
Thund3rb1rd (3 months ago)
Would have been a much better video if so much of the screen area hadn't been given over to the narrator at the expense of the geographical topic.  I can listen to him; not sure why I have to watch him talk as well.  Thumbs down.
Marcus Wright (3 months ago)
Please convert °F to °C too. :-(
Chris Soriano (3 months ago)
have you seen a lake within a volcano, within a lake, within a volcano? see Taal volcano in Ph.
Who What (3 months ago)
Unfortunately the crystal caves are now flooded.
TX ARGUY (3 months ago)
Apparently Simon’s zoom function in Google Earth is broken so he can’t show us the island lake island lake island lake.
Charles van der Hoog (3 months ago)
When is TopTenz going to realize that the whole world except the USA is using the metric system and Celsius? It is very impolitie to keep using the insane system of feet and stones. Are Americans oblivious of the existence of people outside of their county/ country?
Charles van der Hoog (3 months ago)
What I find interesting in your answer is that such an answer can only be given by somebody who has been told the nonsense of government propaganda. One can make anything ridiculous, that is a prime faculty of the human being. It is funny and eases the mind. Trump is brilliant in playing this human weakness, which makes happy and sad at the same time. "Build a wall!" "Lock her up!" "I sold $110 billion of weapons to the Saoudi's." "I create jobs by giving $1.5 trillion of your money to the millionaires and billionaires of this country!!" The more ridiculous it is, the more Americans seem to love it. I am 98% certain Trump will be re-elected.
Charles van der Hoog (3 months ago)
It does not matter how it is defined, it is arbitrary but once decided upon, all other measurements, like spaces and volumes are extremely easy to calculate. How many cubic feet go into a cubic mile? In the metric system, it is simply a matter of adding some zero's. By the way, how old are you? You sound young. And how is the American system called? It must have an attractive name, I gather. Originally, the metric system was based on a piece of metal in Paris, a meter and a kilogram at 4 degrees celsius. But these metal objects, copied and sent all over the world, changed with temperature and different gravity pull. So scientists have been looking for an objective norm. It is not defined by light, by the way, but by a number of silicium atoms and that seems to give a stable measurement all through the sciences and our view of the Universe, except the USA of course. :-D
Thund3rb1rd (3 months ago)
Americans aren't "oblivious to the existence of [other] people..."  We simply don't care.  We're Americans; you're not. Besides, when it come to measurements, the metric system is even more bizarre than anything ever devised.  A meter is defined as "...the distance traveled in a vacuum by light in 1/299,792,458 seconds..."  Boy, THERE'S a easy to understand definition.  Stupid.
S. Mac (3 months ago)
Interesting vid, but he should repack a few of his adjectives.
rutabagasteu (3 months ago)
Better aerial photo of number 10 please.
Aetheric Echoes (3 months ago)
An island within a lake within.... You just couldn't resist working the entire description in as many times as possible, could you?
Szznt (3 months ago)
I feel like you may have missed one of the most interesting things about the crystal caves. The combination of heat and humidity in there will result in an unprotected individual drowning as the surface of your lungs is cooler than the surrounding air so the water in the air will condense there. That's why everyone in those photos are wearing suits. They'd drown in the air otherwise.
Gold Coast Guy (3 months ago)
Never have so few, said so little, using that many words
absolutely fabulous information on an equally fabulous subject matter. but my dear handsome man, you are addressing a world audience. Perplexed therefor we all are to hear measurements in Feet and Fahrenheit . USA get with it.
Jessica Lee (2 months ago)
Maybe he's talking to a Myanmar or Liberia audience, the other two countries that use them.
Jim Nunyabizness (3 months ago)
This video proves that having a british accent automatically makes you sound 17.5% smarter.
TerryTreg (3 months ago)
I wish you'd use metric, most of the world does.
joe ampolo (3 months ago)
4:41 and following. Is the thin sheet of ice what we commonly call black ice in New England and the Midwest when it forms on a roadway?
Gary LeLacheur (3 months ago)
Dear Calichef1962, You are correct, these hexagonal basalt column occur in most places where slowly cooled extinct volcanoes have been weathered down to an almost flat landscape. I live in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia and between here and the coast there are many of these basalt hills. Clearly this was a volcanic region some tens or hundreds of millions of years ago. One hill is call Mt Jim Crow and can be climbed easily. Down at the coast at the Rosslyn Bay Marina there is another mound of hex columns. Not many people seem to know the connection between these hex columns and slowly cooling basalt within a volcano. Cheers
Gary LeLacheur (3 months ago)
Hi there TopTenz, In your description of the Giants Causeway we describe the lava columns as having been the result of "rapidly cooling volcanic basalt rock". I think you'll find that the giant hexagonal crystal columns are the result of relatively slow cooling. In general fast cooling results in small crystals and slow cooling results in large crystals. Have a nice day.
Mark Johnson (3 months ago)
The flood reshaped the earth in so many ways.
revinevan87 (3 months ago)
#10 what about Luzon?
revinevan87 (3 months ago)
no, canada being 2nd largest includes all the lakes. by land area alone it is NOT 2nd largest.
krelfurnace (3 months ago)
Entertaining video, but the choice of Victoria Island's island-lake-island etc. is odd considering that there is a much more bizarre natural wonder not far from it. On the mainland south of Victoria Island can be found the Smoking Hills (sometimes called Burning Cliffs). These are coal seams that have been burning at least since they were spotted by John Franklin in 1826, and probably much longer.
Ejet Ramos (3 months ago)
yeah right...# 10 Victoria Island..but 2 of the photos were of Taal Volcano/Lake in the Philippines...
Harry Hunt (3 months ago)
Feet and inches really? Metric system please. Ffs
Paul Villamor (3 months ago)
It's a nice video but I'm worried that this is the kind of guy who would tailgate you on the freeway or not be so selfless in sharing the public roads with you. Or just like the Mormons in Utah who jump the check out line in front of you at Walmart as a sign of their intolerance and lack of acceptance of you
Austin Pierce (3 months ago)
5:00 the pioneers used to ride these babies for miles

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