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10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM

 Most of the world's islands are well explored, their secrets have long been known, but few remain a mystery. The islands depicted on maps for centuries appear to suddenly disappear. Dangerous and top-secret facilities on remote islands are abandoned or destroyed. The islands harbored the sick or the insane and offered their disturbing and painful memories to those wishing to visit them. Sometimes, islands behave in ways that seem inexplicable to those who discover or study them.

Completely separated from the rest of the world, the islands all produce plants that are unique and look as if they could only grow in a strange world. Other islands are mysterious due to the origin or fate of their inhabitants. All of these 10 strange and mysterious islands are truly amazing for these reasons and more


10: FLOATING EYE ISLAND

Most of the world's islands are well explored, their secrets have long been known, but few remain a mystery. The islands depicted on maps for centuries appear to suddenly disappear


Located in the Paraná delta, between the cities of Campana and Zarate in the Buenos Aires Province of Argentina, it is a near-perfect circle-shaped island 120 meters (390 ft) in diameter. It is surrounded by a channel that also forms a semi-complete circle. Thanks to the presence of the round land mass inside it, the channel looks like a crescent moon. The island and the canal together resemble an eye, an appearance that denotes the island's nickname. The "eye" floats. Director Sergio Neuspiller said the film is also on its own axis. The director discovered the eye in 2016 while he was exploring locations for a science fiction movie.


After the astonishing discovery of the mysterious island, Neuspiller and his crew, including Richard Petroni, the hydraulic and civil engineer from New York who was involved in the project, decided to make a crowd-funded documentary about the eye, instead of shooting the science fiction movie Neuspiller originally intended to make.


9: SOCOTRA ISLAND

10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



Socotra Island, off the coast of Yemen, looks like an alien planet. Its endangered plants are unique due to the remote location's isolation, temperature extremes, and arid conditions. A third of its plant life cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. Fortunately, 70 percent of the island has been designated a national park.


Some plants, such as turnips, look like they are planted upside down. Another twig, the scarlet sap for which the dragon's blood tree got its name, is devoid of leaves, except for its tips, making it appear as if the twigs are the roots of the tree and the tree grows upside down. The exotic tree is used for its supposed medicinal value, to produce dyeing fabrics, to make incense, and to paint wood. The island bottle tree, adapted to store water in a dry climate, has a thick trunk, and its few limbs, thick near the trunk, give rise to clusters of very thin twigs that end in thick clumps of green leaves.


Surrounded by turquoise waters, the island has huge limestone caves, and homes for bats, the only mammals living on Socotra. Messages in several languages ​​are carved on the cave walls. Researchers attribute it to the sailors who resided on the island between 1 and 6 AD, and the mysterious island's inhabitants are also unique: they all possess a haplogroup of DNA that no one else on Earth has, and some maintain that the Garden of Eden was in origin. It is located in Socotra. In 2008, UNESCO designated Socotra as a World Heritage Site.



8: PARTRIDGE ISLAND


10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



Canadian Island of Partridge, located off the coast of St. John Harbor, New Brunswick, became a quarantine station in 1830. Immigrants stayed there, upon their arrival in Canada, to ensure that they did not spread disease on ships to Canadian citizens. Thousands of immigrants came to Canada during the Great Famine of 1847, and 2,500 Irish immigrants were quarantined on Partridge Island.


Among the diseases that the quarantine warned of their spread: cholera, typhus, smallpox, scarlet fever, yellow fever and measles. Newly arrived immigrants were subjected to kerosene baths followed by hot water baths. Many of them were sick, and Partridge Island could not handle the huge numbers that came to Canada during the height of the Irish Potato Famine. The influx of thousands of Irish led to the island being nicknamed the "Canadian Emerald Isle".


Isolated immigrants who died of disease were buried on the island, once in a mass grave, the green grass was rumored to be denser than the surrounding grass because the bones of the dead were feeding on it. Partridge Island closed in 1941, becoming a mysterious place "visited" only by photos.


7: DIEGO GARCIA

10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



The mysterious U-shaped atoll of 44 square kilometers (17 mi2) in the Indian Ocean known as Diego Garcia has dense tropical forests and white sandy beaches. It was home to 2,000 Chagossian citizens until the British government moved them by force between 1968 and 1973 so that the United States could build a naval base there in exchange for Britain's agreement to lease the island, which is of strategic importance because it lies between East Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, making Allows the United States to strike sites in both Asia and the Middle East.


Diego Garcia was used to launch air support operations during the 1991 Gulf War, the 2001 Afghanistan War, and the 2003 Iraq War. Some claim that the remote forbidden island is also the site of a secret US detention camp, although US authorities deny the truth of such speculation.


6: VOZROZHDENIYA ISLAND

10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



During the 1920s, Soviet officials were searching for a site with specific attributes. It had to be isolated, it had to be surrounded by desert, and it had to be within the confines of the Soviet Empire. Two islands fit the bill. The Soviets chose Vozrozhdeniya, located in the Aral Sea. There, a top-secret biological weapons laboratory was set up, where pathogens of plague, anthrax, smallpox, brucellosis, tularemia, botulinum and Venezuelan equine encephalitis were modified to resist medical treatment.


Gennady Lipushkin, a physician, microbiologist and colonel in the Soviet Army, spent 18 years of his career on the island. Within a year, he said, up to 300 monkeys will be caged in a group, along with instruments that measure concentrations of pathogens in the air. After the monkeys were exposed to the germs, they would be taken to laboratories, where their blood would be tested, and the development of diseases in their bodies would be monitored. "They will die in a matter of weeks, and we will autopsies," said Lipushkin. Lipushkin said that 1,500 people who took part in the project not only worked on the island, but also lived there in the only town, Kantopek, which provided "a social club, a playground, two schools and shops." It was a "beautiful" place, where workers could swim in the Aral Sea or sunbathe on its shore.


With the Aral Sea drying up, the island simply became part of the surrounding desert, and today, Cantupec is in ruins, having been plundered after being abandoned by the Soviet Union. Scientists don't think the biological weapons lab poses much of a threat anymore. All pathogens except for anthrax, which can live for centuries, were destroyed by the high temperatures in the area and harsh conditions.


When they left, the Soviets buried anthrax spores in the lab to hide the project's violation of a 1972 treaty banning biological weapons. In the 21st century, American and Uzbek officials visited the site, burning the warehouses containing "remnants of past experiences." US Department of Defense officials believe that anthrax spores have been destroyed, although no one can know for sure that this was the case.



5: EARTHQUAKE ISLAND

Most of the world's islands are well explored, their secrets have long been known, but few remain a mystery. The islands depicted on maps for centuries appear to suddenly disappear



A powerful earthquake that killed 39 people and demolished homes in Pakistan in September 2013 also created an island. [4] According to Pakistan's chief meteorologist, Muhammad Riaz, its magnitude was 7.7, while the US Geological Survey in Colorado claimed it was 7.8.


The island did not exist before the earthquake, but after the event, Director General of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, Arif Mahmood, said locals reported seeing the creation of the small island, which is 100 meters (330 ft) long and 9 meters (30 ft) long, near Gwadar port. Pakistani officials said the quake may have skewed the land under the sea, leading to the formation of the island, but further investigations will be conducted to determine the cause.


4: BANNERMAN ISLAND

10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



Bannerman Island is located in the Hudson River, a half-hour boat ride from New York City. There is no other way to get there. Visitors to the mysterious island are likely to wonder why there is a castle on it. The edifice was built by Frank Bannerman VI, who made a fortune by reselling surplus military equipment purchased at government auctions at the end of the American Civil War.


He needed a place to store the huge amounts of black powder he had purchased, along with other surplus items, when his son David mentioned Polobile Island. Bannerman bought it in 1900, built a large arsenal there the following spring, built a small castle on the island, next to the arsenal, as his home, and renamed the island after him.


When Bannerman died in 1918, construction was halted. The boat was destroyed in a storm in 1950, and the island was abandoned. On August 8, 1969, a fire destroyed the arsenal, and the state of New York, which had purchased Bannerman Island and its buildings in 1967, declared the island off-limits. It reopened in 2017, and tour guides now recount the island's mysterious history for curious visitors.


3: POVEGLIA ISLAND

10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



Back when the bubonic plague comprised nearly half of the world's population, the Romans had a clever idea to keep healthy people separate from the sick. The infected were taken to Poviglia Island, a small, secluded land floating between Venice and Lido. There, people lived the last of their miserable lives together until they died. Since the island smelled of death, the next time an epidemic appeared, barely corpses were dumped there and burned in mass graves.


In the 1920s, a mental hospital was built to welcome the island's newest "guests", or anyone who had symptoms of any kind of illness, physical or mental. Basically, if you have an itch, you go away to Poveglia where your feet are drowning in the soil (half dirt, half human ashes) and you are in the company of over 100,000 dead people. At one point, an unscrupulous doctor ran a mental hospital, and since mental health was largely unregulated at the time, he performed all kinds of brutal experiments on islanders (like pushing chisels into their brains to see what moved). The Doctor committed suicide by jumping from the bell tower - another spirit added to the island's strange and gruesome past.



2: ISLA BERMEJA, THE LOST ISLAND


10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM



On maps dating back to the 18th century, Isla Bermeja was shown off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, at a greater distance than any other island claimed by Mexico. The island was just what the country needed to extend its claim to offshore oil and stop the United States' encroachment on Mexico's interests in that circle. There was only one problem: A 2009 study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico concluded that the island doesn't exist—at least not where it's supposed to be. Using underwater sensors and aerial reconnaissance assets, the research team was unable to find the island anywhere in the area that the maps indicated.


The island is supposed to lie 55 nautical miles beyond Mexico's territorial limit of 200 nautical miles. By claiming it, Mexico would extend its oil claims into the middle of the Gulf. Although the lost island was never found, Elias Cardenas, chairman of the Naval Committee of the Mexican Congress, planned to continue his country's search for it, hoping that it would appear elsewhere. He said the island may have sunk or flooded.


Mexican conspiracy theorists had their own ideas about what happened to Bermeja Island. Perhaps it was bombed by the United States, or perhaps it was a victim of global warming or earthquake. Cardenas is sure that the bombing did not explain the island's mysterious disappearance. “It would have been [. . . ] very noticeable,” he said.


The disappearance of the elusive island was first reported in 1997, when a sea fishing expedition was unable to find it. Until its disappearance, Isla Bermeja, which is supposed to have an area of ​​80 square kilometers (31 square miles), was the point from which the 200-nautical-mile boundary in Mexico began. Currently, the Alacranes Islands mark the end of the country's territorial boundaries. As a result, Mexico's "economic zone" has fallen sharply.



1: EASTER ISLAND


10 ISLANDS ARE SO STRANGE AND MYSTERIOUS THAT NO ONE CAN ENTER THEM


A team of researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz is hoping that their answer to their question of how the islanders lived there, farming thousands of miles from any continent, used ancient research to determine the island's genetic history. Rapa Nui, as the missing persons of Easter Island are known.


Rapa Nui was thought to have intermarried with South Americans before Europeans arrived on Easter Island in 1772, but to the surprise of the UC Santa Cruz team, material from the museums they tested indicated that there was no contact between Rapa Nui and South Americans prior to their arrival. of Europeans, which previous studies had done, which made the team's discovery somewhat controversial. If their findings prove correct, it is clear that Rapa Nui did not receive assistance from South Americans in creating and moving the island's heavy moai. Without help, Rapa Nui carved them and transported them themselves.


Raiders who had kidnapped Rapa Nui for sale as slaves reduced their population from the thousands to barely over 100, and infighting and disease wiped out the rest, leaving their origin and, until recently, the creation of their statues, and mysteries as mysterious as the island itself.







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