15 of the wildest and strangely gorgeous places on Earth!
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Posted 5 May 2014
Rainbow Mountains In China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park Are Very, Very Real (PHOTOS)
(Many Thanks to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/danxia-landform-geological-park/ for sharing this report!)
Yes, we had a hard time believing that this insane mountain formation was actually real, because we haven’t fallen down the rabbit hole. But, believe it or not, this technicolor range actually exists.
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The mountains are part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China. Layers of different colored sandstone and minerals were pressed together over 24 million years and then buckled up by tectonic plates, according to the Telegraph.
Here’s a photo showing some detail of the rich “layer cake” action going on.
There’s a similar formation in British Columbia called the Rainbow Range formed from a mixture of volcanic rock and various minerals.
While the photos are certainly incredible, there could be some slight photo manipulation going on to make the colors pop a bit more than they would naturally. This Flickr photo could be a more accurate representation, but still, the mountains are amazing.
The formations were shaped into the flowing valleys after thousands of years of rain and wind, and the region has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.
Take a look at some more incredible photos of the range below, and tweet us @HuffPostGreen if you have any of your own!
Rainbow Range (Chilcotin Plateau)
The Rainbow Range, formerly known as the Rainbow Mountains, is a mountain range in British Columbia, Canada, located 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Anahim Lake. Located on the western edge of the Chilcotin Plateau, the range adjoins the Coast Mountains Pacific Ranges to the south, and the Kitimat Ranges to the north. In some classification systems it is considered[by whom?] part of the Coast Mountains and has been assigned here in Wikipedia[why?] to the Pacific Ranges although it is not formally part of that range-complex. It lies north of the Bella Coola and Atnarko Rivers and south and west of the Dean River, which curves around its north flank, and is relatively drier in climate and easier of terrain than more mountainous areas immediately west.