The world is full of mind blowing attractions. There is absolutely no shortage be it natural or manufactured by man. Some manmade are so astounding that it’s impossible to believe that they are actually made by humans. When you see these landforms, you will be pleasantly surprised.
However, not all landforms are built in a planned manner to create spectacular landscapes. Some of them are evidence of mankind’s mismanagement of natural resources, while others are a marvel of human engineering and farming techniques. Some of them can be traced back to modern dam construction, mining and scientific experiments.
Check out these 10 uniquely created landforms created by human interference in nature that have created some stunning artificial landforms!
1. Longsheng rice terrace, China
Longsheng rice terrace is also called Dragon’s Backbone, because of its shape and size. The hotel is located about 100 kilometers from Guilin, China; These terraced fields are laid out along the mountain slope and meander from the river bank to the mountain peak between 600 and 800 meters above sea level. Longsheng Rice Terrace dates back to the Yuan and Ming dynasties and is a testament to the brilliant agricultural and technical efforts of the indigenous Zhuang.
2. Lake Powell, United States of America
Lake Powell is a sparkling jewel in the desert with its brilliant blue water, towering red sandstone cliffs and towering rock formations. This incredible man-made lake was created by flooding the Colorado River in Glen Canyon during the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. Lake Powell lies between the borders of Arizona and Utah and is a popular tourist destination known for adventure tours such as helicopter flights, rafting, jeeps or off-road vehicles. The landform produced has a major impact on shaping the nature of the canyon and making it the second largest landform produced in the United States.
3. Fly Geyser, United States of America
Fly Geyser, also known as Fly Ranch Geyser, is located on private property in the middle of the Nevada desert and is one of the most incredible sights in Nevada. Fly geyser is not a natural phenomenon, but an artificial landform that was accidentally created in 1964 as a result of a water test. The bright red and green coloring of the hills comes from thermophilic algae. The bubbling water reaches a height of 5 feet in the air, making it one of the most striking and accidentally created landforms in the world.
4. Big Hole, South Africa
Kimberley is home to the rich diamond mines and manufacturing industries in South Africa. It is also known for its uniquely crafted landform – The Big Hole. This is where the first diamond was discovered in 1869, which heralded diamond mining in the country. The Big Hole extends over 170,000 square meters and reaches a depth of 240 meters. Now deceased, it yielded three tons of diamonds. This incredible and largest made pit in the world was all dug out by human hands and simple digging tools.
5. Indigo Lake, United States of America
Indigo Lake in Summit County, Ohio, is part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This triangle shaped lake is an artificial landform created by flooding the original location of the Graystone quarry, a gravel and sand pit. The park staff ensured the constant water supply of this lake by channeling several water sources available in the region. Swimming in the lake is prohibited, but sport fishing is one of the most popular activities in Indigo Lake. The lake also serves as a training point for the Akron fire department to practice rescue techniques under ice every winter.
6. Piva lake, Montenegro
Lake Piva is the highest artificial fresh water reservoir in Europe in northern Montenegro. This breathtaking emerald green lake is one of the most well-known landforms in Europe that arose after the construction of the Mratinje dam on the Piva river. Lake Piva stretches for 45 kilometers and is 675 meters above sea level. It dominates the heart of the region. Pluzine, a picturesque small town on the shores of Lake Piva, surrounded by the peaks of Durmitor, Volujak and Ledenica, is the gateway to the lake and the starting point for several cruises.
7. Honghe Hani rice terraces, China
Every photographer’s dream, the breathtaking Honghe Hani rice terraces of Yunnan, China, are among the country’s famous landscapes. Covering an area of 1,000,000 hectares, the famous Honge Hani rice terraces look like a painting from above, but are actually an artificial landform. The 1,200 year old rice terraces were created to irrigate agricultural fields along the hills along agricultural slopes. The rice terraces comprise 82 local villages with an elaborate network of agriculture, animal husbandry and four counties: Yunnan – Yuanyang, Honghe, Jinpin and Lvchun. The Honghe Hani rice terraces are a UNESCO World Heritage Site in China and one of the most picturesque landforms in the world.
8. Analavory Cold Water Geysers, Madagascar
The Analavory Geyser from Madagascar is very similar to the Fly Geyer from Nevada, USA and is another similarly produced landform in the world. There is no volcanic activity that heats the water underground, and the bubbling white water is warm. There are four unusual geysers in the region that are part of the unique cold water geyser phenomenon. This cold water geyser was created due to the underground construction. The release of carbon dioxide from the groundwater leads to the eruption of the geyser, with boreholes leading to the formation of interesting travertine hills around the mouth of the outlet (a type of limestone that forms over time due to dissolved lime and iron precipitation).
9. Providence Canyon, Georgia
Providence Canyon in the US state of Georgia is known as the “Little Grand Canyon” and is a charming and colorful landscape. It is considered one of the “seven natural wonders of Georgia” and is a fully manufactured landform. Surprisingly poor agricultural practices and soil erosion have led to such dramatic, rugged, rugged and colorful ravines. Today you can see gorges to a depth of 150 feet and rare Plumleaf Azalea that grow and bloom in July and August. The canyon’s pink, orange, red, and purple bottom looks like a delightful painting.
10. Banaue rice terraces, Philippines
The extensive Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines are one of the most important cultural delights of the Southeast Asian country. These produced rice terraces date from the years 2000 to 6000 years and are regarded by the Philippines as the “eighth wonder of the world”. Carved by ancestors of the local tribe in the Ifugao province in the Cordillera Mountains, this site offers an excellent mix of economic, social, cultural and religious environments. In order to preserve this unusually produced landform, UNESCO has included it in the endangered world cultural heritage. It is the greatest achievement of the Ifugao, known for their wood carving and skills in terrace breeding.