New York – From the giant redwoods of California to the almost miraculous honeycomb rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway, marvel at some of the planet’s most extraordinary natural landscapes.
These images are taken from The World’s Great Wonders, a new book published by Lonely Planet
Five Flower Lake, in China’s Jiuzhaigon national park, glistens in varying shades of turquoise, and the lake’s floor is strewn with ancient tree trunks.
Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania. At 610 metres deep and covering 260 sq km, this is the largest unflooded caldera in the world, and a haven for both wildlife and Maasai livestock.
The near-perfect hexagonal columns of he Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland look like they were carved by a stonemason – or honed into honeycomb.
The arid plateau of Cappadocia in Turkey hides vast, subterranean cities and towering fairy chimneys that were hewn by wind and rain, heat and cold, and then carved out by troglodytes.
Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi river between Zambia and Zimbabwe, was named after Queen Victoria by the explorer David Livingstone, but locals call it Mosi-oa-Tunya, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’.
Towering sequoias in the aptly-named Giant Forest of Sequoia national park, California. These living giants are the tallest trees on the planet, rocketing more than 100 meters into the sky.
Steam rising from the crater atop Kilauea in Hawaii, the world’s most active volcano. It has been constantly erupting for over three decades, creating the fastest-growing piece of land on the planet.
The Dallol volcano in north-east Ethiopia forms part of the Great Rift Valley, the world’s largest rift system, stretching 6,000km from the Red Sea down to Lake Malawi.
The Grand Canyon’s layers of colour crack open the Colorado plateau, which is up to 1.6km deep and 29km wide in places.
The eroded landscape of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley, the most consistently hot place on Earth