What's the thinnest thing on earth
10 places that are shallower than a pancake
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If you land in one of these places, you doubt whether the earth is really round.
It's easy to make fun of our ancestors who thought the earth was flat. But when you look at these places you can understand why. The horizon is endless. The wide, empty spaces are known to drive otherwise "balanced" people crazy. You have the feeling of not moving. Others use these spaces to accelerate their vehicles. We have the flattest regions of our planet Earth under the microscope and listed below.
Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea, Germany
The mud flats in the north German national park Schleswig-Holsteinisches Wattenmeer are the largest continuous mud flats on earth and are therefore very flat. They stretch from the North Sea to Denmark, but only a part is drained, the rest is under water. Hardly the tropics, but the beaches of the North Sea still attract many sun-hungry Germans.
With a size of 10,582 square kilometers and 100 km in diameter, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world's largest salt flat, almost the size of Jamaica. The salt crust is three to 10 meters thick and together makes 10 trillion tons of salt - more than enough to salt all the french fries in the world.
There is so much salt that hotels are even built from it. But what's below is really worth a lot of money - the magical mineral that is needed for cell phones and laptops. Lithium. Salar de Uyuni has the world's largest lithium reserve.
Locals call it the “Gate to Hell.” The Danakil Desert in northeast Ethiopia is definitely not a place to freshen up your tan. The daytime temperature is 50 ° C, enough to mark a bikini print as the slightest problem.
The desert is not only the hottest, but also one of the deepest places on earth, with unfriendly features like regular earthquakes, volcanoes, geysers, salt ravines and hostile tribes.
The Indians called this place “grassy water”, others gave it the name “river made of grass”. It describes the Everglades in southern Florida, one of the flattest places in America.
You can't do without mosquito repellent during a visit. The small, winged bloodsuckers are an important part of the food chain. They serve as food for the fish, these serve as food for the alligators, these serve as food for large pythons and so on. If you want to see the whole area without any problems, you should definitely grab a cool swamp boat.
Welcome to the flattest land on earth. The chain of islands in the Indian Ocean is so smooth, between one and 1.5 m above sea level, that only occasionally a 2 m high sand dune disturbs the otherwise slippery surface. Rising sea levels threaten the existence of the 1,192 coral islands that make up the Maldives.
Lake Baikal in southern Siberia is not only the oldest and deepest lake in the world. In the cold winter months, the lake freezes over and becomes the flattest surface on earth. During the Russian Civil War in 1920, the White Army fled the Red Army across the frozen lake to China.
The outback in Australia is known for its wide, almost infinitely flat prairies. To cross it, you have to cover long stretches of asphalt and it seems that everything looks the same. That can drive a driver crazy who legitimately wonders whether he is getting any closer to his destination.
If you want to go really fast and we mean really fast, for example 900 km / h, then this is the perfect place. The 121 square kilometers in northwest Utah are known for the Bonneville Racecourse. Since 1912 some daredevils in speed machines - some with propellers - have raced over the flat surface and into the "Hall of Speed Fame". In 1965 the professional racing driver Craig Breedlove achieved an incredible 966 km / h in his jet propeller machine.
Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, Botswana
The 16,000 square kilometer Makgadikgadi Salt Pan in northeastern Botswana was seasonally flooded. It is not a single pan, but many different salt pans separated by sandy desert. Idiot drivers are warned - you can get stuck or get lost here very quickly with little hope of ever being found.
When you wake up in Wadi Rum tomorrow, your first thought will be, "I landed on Mars". It is also called the "Valley of the Moon" for a similar reason. The 720 square kilometer desert valley is walled in by sandstone and granite mountains.
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