The largest island, also called Socotra, is about 95% of the landmass of the archipelago. It lies some 240 kilometers (150 mi) east of the Horn of Africa and 380 kilometers (240 mi) south of the Arabian Peninsula. The island is very isolated and a third of its plant life is found nowhere else on the planet. It has been described as “the most alien-looking place on Earth”. The island measures 132 kilometers (82 mi) in length and 49.7 kilometers (30.9 mi) in width.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 m across and 124 m deep.
“Sailing Stones” Death Valley, Mojave Desert
After more than seventy years of attempts to solve the mystery of Death Valley’s sailing stones, U.S. researchers led by Dr Brian Jackson of Boise State University have finally caught the stones in action. Thin sheets of ice push rocks across a dry lake in Death Valley giving them the appearance of moving on their own.
The Spotted Lake, Canada
Spotted Lake is a saline endothermic alkali lake located northwest of Osoyoos in the eastern Similkameen Valley of British Columbia, Canada accessed via Highway 3.