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Conversations regarding the natural wilderness can be either quite enjoyable or excruciating, depending on who you talk to. Level-minded folks are happy to spill the beans on the world’s natural wonders and encourage travelers to take the opportunity to engrave their memory with untouched beauty. The less-pleasant individuals might engage in a conversation that can go more like, “THE WORLD IS DISAPPEARING AND IT’S ALL YOUR FAAAAULT. REPENT INDUSTRY AND CAPITALISM. BURN DOWN THE WAL-MARTS. CAPSLOCK CAPSLOCK TAYLOR SWIFT IS THE ANTICHRIST.”¬†We at Travelfreak like to think we mostly fall within the former category.

To prove it, we’re going to celebrate Earth Day with a round-up of 10 natural wonders worth seeking out. They range from luscious greenery, incredible mountain slopes, and things that simply need to be seen to be believed.

1. The Crystal Cave in the Naica Mine, Mexico

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This ventilated cavern in Mexico is home to the world’s largest crystals – and has likely served as inspiration to many videogame designers. Naica is still a working mine, but it’s possilbe to catch a glimpse of some overgrown gypsum. The crystals are made of selenite, which in powder form is believed to have impressive cosmetic and mental benefits. Yes, magic crystals. We can’t make this up.

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Brett's a California-native washed ashore in New York City, just in time for Hurricane Sandy and Blizzard Nemo. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, he's wondering why he came out here.

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