In some parts of the world, some corners have extraordinary views that are similar to the planet Mars.
Imagine how do astronauts adapt to life in space? Before getting out of the Earth, astronauts will usually do adaptation exercises in several places, similar to other planets. Compiled by Landdisposition.com from various sources, these are some places of Mars on Earth:
Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum Desert is again a place for filming Hollywood films. This time Wadi Rum was used as the setting for the movie Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Wadi Rum is often said to be similar to Mars because it has a red rocky desert and hills. No wonder the film The Martian, which tells the story of Mars, also filmed here.
The Wadi Rum Desert located in southern Jordan. Precisely in the city of Aqaba and still in an area close to Petra. Wadi Rum was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 2011.
Kati Thanda (Eyre Lake)
In South Australia, there is a lake called Eyre Lake. This lake is the largest in Australia. But there are times when the lake is dry. What makes Eyre Lake similar to other planets is its unique appearance. Coloured hills and red sand surround Lake Eyre. No humans live around this salty lake. The 9,500 km lake has high salinity and pale pink.
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Dallol Crater (Danakil Depression)
Danakil Depression is a desert region in northern Ethiopia, Africa. What makes this area unusual is its status as the hottest area on Earth. Danakil is also one of the lowest points on Earth. The height of Danakil is 125 meters below sea level. The lowest is named Dallol. The desert area in the Afra region is colourful land and rocks. The colour produced by this desert comes from sulfur, sulfur, minerals, and salt in the rock.
Lake Natron is close to a volcano named Ol Doinyo Lengai. Therefore, the colour is red like an alien planet. Lake Natron can make animals that pass by becoming petrified. Many birds that die around the lake in hardened conditions are grey. They accidentally entered the lake and petrified, so it nicknamed as hell on Earth.
According to research, natron is a saltwater lake, which has a pH of up to 10.5. That is, the lake water can burn the skin and eyes of animals. Besides, water also mixed with poisonous ash from the surrounding volcanoes. The temperature of the water can touch the number 100 degrees Celsius.
Wupatki National Monument
The ruins of Pueblo, at the Wupatki National Monument, are one of the areas similar to Mars. Though this site is in Arizona, United States. These ruins have a landscape of red Earth, making these ruins like from another world.
Namibia is no doubt a strange place on Earth. One of the deserts of the world, a point called Dead Vlei, is similar to Mars. Very arid, the trees in Deadvlei are dry without leaves. Although around 900 years ago, this area became a watershed. The background of the red Namibian desert and the extreme weather made this desert an isolated place untouched on Earth.
McMurdo Wright Valley (Dry Valleys)
Who says Antarctica only has snow? In southernmost Antarctica is The Wright Valley, the driest desert in the world. What makes this desert different is its appearance without ice. Even though it’s dry, this desert is icy. When you stand in this place, you wouldn’t expect to be in Antarctica.
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Oymyakon is in the eastern half of Russia, in the state of Sakha, with the capital of Yakutia. The location is around 750 meters above sea level and is famous for extreme cold weather!
Oymyakon called the coldest place on Earth inhabited by humans. The average temperature there reaches minus tens of degrees Celsius. The peak is around December to January, with minus 50 degrees Celsius. This extreme weather is similar to the one on Mars. This is the reason why Oymyakon used it as a training ground for adaptation before going to Mars.
Indonesia also has a beautiful angle similar to another planet, Mount Bromo. Mount Bromo Tengger became a national park area in East Java.
The Mount Bromo volcanic complex is rated by The Travel.com as having an exotic view that likened to a pre-historic area. Although not so much like Mars, many agree that Mount Bromo Tengger like other planets.
In northern Canada, there is the largest uninhabited island in the world called Devon Island. Not only that, the polar climate and steep terrain make it also dubbed as one of the most Mars-like places on Planet Blue. This also makes it at least visited by several researchers to conduct studies there. Devon Island is also a training ground for NASA.
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