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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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no comment (2 days ago)
By land area Canada is 4 largest. Usa and china are both larger
chris lane (5 days ago)
It's pronounced "toof"
John Verhoef (8 days ago)
Cass lake in Minnesota also has an island in a lake that's in an island that's in a lake. Not as big probably, but still. I know, because I've been there :)
Sara (8 days ago)
Ok, I'm sure there must be dozens of outtakes with that 'island in a lake on an island...' fiasco and I wanna see them!
Michael Burgess (10 days ago)
The wave in Northern Arizona is much more colorful, and plain mesmerizing.
ClassyNova (11 days ago)
HOW long did it take for you to finally get through "the island within a lake" episode??
Ron Donahue (12 days ago)
A little heavy on the selfies at the cost of full screen nature.
Isaac Roebuck (14 days ago)
4:40 *"The pioneers used to ride these babies for miles!!!"*
112313 (15 days ago)
Mount erebus!?!?
Samira Peri (19 days ago)
I disagree. Earth is totally our everyday planet.
Liz G (24 days ago)
Dimmuborgir, Iceland.
Byezbozhnik (1 month ago)
All those feet and miles are giving me a headache...
Blazeben (1 month ago)
Canada isn't the second largest country by land mass, it's China. The order is Russia, China, USA, Canada and so on.
Blazeben (5 days ago)
+Harrison Canada has 9,093,507 km2 while China has 9,326,410km2. If you use "land mass only" if you include water mass as well then Canada is bigger. Key is land mass.
Harrison (5 days ago)
You couldn't even be botherd to google it. You just guessed. Thats really sad. Its Russia, Canada, US, China. Thats like grade school geography dude.
Ofer A (1 month ago)
You can find baseless plates also in the golan hights in the zavitan strey
Siggi von Mählmann (1 month ago)
We have #1 in lake superior called isle royal. But OURS has a boulder in the middle😅
Louise Haley (1 month ago)
What about Ayres’ Rock, Australia ?
Danny Landrum (1 month ago)
"A true sky island." That's not how literal language works - that's not how any of this works.
Rinoa Super-Genius (1 month ago)
Earth is my favorite planet!
Rachael Lefler (1 month ago)
My retirement plan is to live on one of those moving rocks
Graeme Lastname (2 months ago)
Time to catch up with the rest of the world and use metric. I was brought up with imperial and then converted to metric. Guess which one is easy to understand. Thumbs up with reservations.
Shadar Nur (2 months ago)
Burg means somehing like Castle not Mountain.
Sash EX (2 months 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 months ago)
The audio seems like crap in this one. Idk maybe just me
Andy Dufresne (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Thank you for all of the brain food!!!!!!
Ciro Amaya (2 months ago)
Wow that first one is a mouthful.
Tim Jantzen (2 months ago)
I don’t know how but you managed to make a clickbait buzzfeed article even longer to get through
hoosierhiver (2 months ago)
bleak places are under-rated
We are here, what now? (2 months ago)
I know you from another channel.... is that legal? Work on two channels?
Jason Poe (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Vulcan Point Island is also an island on a lake, on an island in a lake of an island, but in the Pacific.
Eve2003 (3 months ago)
Is that British V-Sauce?
Maggie Foster (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Tuff. Otherwise, brilliant.
Erik Blomström (3 months ago)
Can you please add metric measurements in the videos?
john ori (3 months ago)
These are oddities from ancient earth. Modern science lies. Giants existed and Tartaria built most of the ancient churches.
Thomas Darby (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
You could crack a joke once in a while.. your rendition tone is very monotonous. great content though 👍😂
Tiago Seiler (3 months ago)
Mount Roraima is not in "the wilderness of Venezuela". It's a triple border location between Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana.
Jon Andreson (3 months ago)
Most annoying human voice speaking English on the Internet
greanstreak04 (3 months 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.
Harrison (5 days ago)
People comment what they want. Thats why their called comments. Get over it and have a nice day
Declan Conroy (3 months ago)
No one tell the Ancient Aliens guys about this stuff. I'm sure they'll come up with "alternative" explanations.
franl155 (4 months 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 (4 months ago)
Mate... don't use Daily Heil as a reference.
Killer97 (4 months 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 (4 months 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.
Donna Soelberg-Stricklan (4 months ago)
8:10 'lepracorns' ????
Austin Harding (4 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 (4 months ago)
When i saw no.2, I first thought of then Namibian Skeleton Coast.
Malaclypse I (4 months ago)
Electric Universe!!! Despite my accent I don't know what whorestream science doesn't know!
skelethrone666 (4 months ago)
I want to see the lakeception outtakes :D
Keith Graham (4 months ago)
The Mail Online! Slap your wrists!
Don Merrigan (4 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 (4 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
Harrison (5 days ago)
NASA uses the metric system... You have access to google, right?
Paulo Gomes (4 months ago)
What about starting using the metric system??
Yavor Kapitanov (4 months ago)
Simon don't you get a break from all those videos?
mrCHADcarreon (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Racetrack stones... not playa's, they just move a lot. ...sorry.
Bent Neatly (4 months ago)
Why are the first two The Terror references?!?!
Darth Bane (4 months ago)
Use the metric system. Or at least both metric and imperial. Were not all americanos and englanders
Harmonica Man (4 months ago)
Isle Royal in Michigan has the lake island thing going on too. Just thought I'd mention it.
J Anderson (4 months ago)
Wait, are you suggesting that stones do not move on their own outside of California?
V. Alleyn Nelson (4 months ago)
Damn, you are quite wordy.
Jonathan Cardy (4 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 (4 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 (2 months ago)
+14534 Socialist French? 😅 Let say the whole planet minus one or two third world country ... and that one stuck in 1950.
14534 (2 months ago)
Dusty Rusty no thank you. Imperial system for life - leave the metric system to the socialist French.
Callie Thompson (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
+David Roddini I say use real measurements and put the antiquated one as subtiles. Like we do for the hearing impaired.
David Roddini (2 months 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 (4 months ago)
You could have mentioned the "Eye of the Sahara".
Cláudio Sampaio (4 months ago)
"Dislike" for not using metric units!
Wanda Burns (4 months ago)
You left out Natural Bridge, VA.
Noviian (4 months ago)
it's pronounced noo-na-voot? why was I never taught this in school?? - a canadian
Trotskisty (5 months ago)
What's that in Metric?
Peizxcv (5 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 (5 days ago)
+Peizxcv Canada is 9.984 and China is 9.63 this is inclusive of lakes and waterways, every country is measured the same way. Now you can insist your right but it is not accepted anywhere and won't be.
Harrison (5 days ago)
Canada's land area is 9.985 million km². China's is 9.597 million km². You must really struggle with mathematics. I actually did research btw, unlike you.
Doug Reimer (2 months ago)
+Peizxcv Your rational holds as much water as creationism...empty.
Peizxcv (2 months ago)
Doug Reimer Haha, you make a poor fake atheist
Doug Reimer (2 months ago)
That's nonsense....are you self taught?..sounds like creationism logic.
Richard McMillan (5 months ago)
213 aliens..
lionn420 (5 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 (5 months ago)
"Resembling bridges with their bridge shape".... ffs 🤣
farfett_il-lejl (5 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 (5 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.
Phoenix (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (4 months ago)
Quite right, but (almost) no-one cares about the proper use of English these days.
Zeph Smith (5 months ago)
Having visited Devil's Postpile National Monument in California a couple of weeks ago, the Giant's Causeway looks very familiar...
amsterob (5 months ago)
what's this flashing the screen crap ya freakin kook.
thenext poetician (5 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 (5 months ago)
why all you 'top ten' yakkers speak so fast ?
Luigi Benni (5 months ago)
not impressive, really... any chance that you switch to metric system any time soon?
Brian Sheridan (5 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 (5 months ago)
better view of the ice towers?
Thund3rb1rd (5 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 (5 months ago)
Please convert °F to °C too. :-(
Chris Soriano (5 months ago)
have you seen a lake within a volcano, within a lake, within a volcano? see Taal volcano in Ph.
Who What (5 months ago)
Unfortunately the crystal caves are now flooded.
TX ARGUY (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
Interesting vid, but he should repack a few of his adjectives.

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