The Great Pyramid…Shangri-La…Beijing's Forbidden City…Mount Kilimanjaro…the Sargosso Sea…the world abounds in places that are wreathed in wonder and shrouded in mystery. Some were sculpted by the awesome forces of nature, some are triumphant expressions of the human spirit, while others have existed only in the imagination. But all are touched by magic. Though the names of many of these places may be familiar, secrets still lurk behind them. How were they made? Who discovered them? Why do they evoke such feelings of awe and wonder? Did they ever exist - and if so, where? Strange Worlds and Amazing Places not only helps to answer these questions, but also acknowledges the power of such places to fuel the curiosity, fire the imagination and thrill the senses. This fascinating book includes: Six varied sections arrnged by theme: Our Incredible Earth, Monumental Wonders, Watery Worlds, Riddles and Symbols, Timeless Landscapes and Legendary Realms; More than 80 Magnificent places of wonder, mystery and majesty; More than 500 spectacular colour photographs, historical prints, artist's reconstructions and maps; Descriptions of a further 300 intriguing locations.