Have you ever wondered what makes a place famous? Obviously, the answer is point of interest. Famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. Natural beauty such as the Jungfrau region in the Swiss Alps or the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Not to mention places of historic and architectural significance, from the Tower of London to the Empire State Building in New York.
However, there are some places that are famous for very strange reasons. One American town turned into a dog once its grocery store was burned down, and the Alleys of England became a prankster’s ass.
An “undiscovered” Pacific island and a growing Australian peak. Some of these places you may not want to visit, and others may prove a bit difficult unless you venture into the online world. They’re all famous for very strange reasons
Not only is Australia’s highest mountain peak located off the mainland, it also continues to grow.
While most people would think of Mount Kosciuszko as Australia’s highest mountain, Mawson Peak is officially the tallest mountain in Australia at 2745 meters the last time it was measured.
The active volcano is located some 4100 kilometers off the Australian mainland on Heard Island, south west of Perth in the Indian Ocean. The constant interaction between molten lava and glacial ice is causing both the peak and the surrounding island to continually grow in size. It is estimated Mawson Peak could currently stand at approximately 2800 meters.
The island is concealed in cloud for most of the year as the fire and ice continue to react. Research scientists are usually the only visitors who undertake the dangerous week long trip into the inhospitable conditions surrounding the island. Not an ideal skiing or hiking location, as “Big Ben” has been erupting continuously since 2012.