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The world's strangest forests are both spooky and stunning


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 20, 2018, 11:04 AM - Not that you needed any, but here's even more photographic evidence that we live in a diverse and wonderful world.

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TSINGY FOREST, MADAGASCAR

The nature reserve that Tsingy forest lies in was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 due to its remarkable geography, diverse wildlife and the spectacular forest shown below, which is embedded in jagged limestone.

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THE SUNKEN FOREST OF LAKE KAINDY, KAZAKHSTAN

Located in Kolsai Lakes National Park, Lake Kaindy sits 2,000 meters above sea level. It was formed when a 1911 earthquake triggered a limestone landslide, which blocked a gorge and created a natural dam.

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OTZARRETA FOREST, SPAIN

The unique topography of Otzarreta forest looks like something out of a fairy tale. 

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DEADVLEI FOREST, NAMIBIA

The clay ground of deadvlei formed after intense rain flooded a nearby river, enabling the growth of camel thorn trees.

Later, drought hit the area and sand dunes formed and prevented water from getting to the trees.

The trees died but remnants, which are thought to be 600-700 years old, remain. They haven't decomposed because of the dry climate.

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CROOKED FOREST, POLAND

Located outside of Nowe Czarnowo, West Pomerania, Poland sits a 'crooked forest' -- an area where 400 pine trees have been bent near their bases. Scientists can't come up with a natural cause for this type of bending, leading many to believe the strange trees are result of human interference.

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AVENUE OF THE BAOBABS, MADAGASCAR

The Avenue of the Baobabs draws admirers from around the world, who flock to see the unique baobab trees that line a dirt road.

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