9 Most MYSTERIOUS Islands On Earth!

From the possible site of the legendary Garden
of Eden to an island that may be covering an Alien Base — Today we look at the 9 Most
Mysterious Islands On Earth Number 9. “Island of Socotra”
Off the coast of Somalia in the Indian ocean is an island that seems as though it belongs
on another planet. Socotra Island has long been theorized as
a location for the biblical Garden of Eden, and just by looking at pictures of it you
can see why. The island is home to several species of plants
that are can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. There are the Dr. Seuss looking Adenium socotranum
which have big bulbous trunks and tiny gnarly branches that sprout from their tops and bear
flowers that are a marvelous shade of pink. There odd appearance makes them kind of look
like giant root vegetables. Then there are the Dragon’s Blood Trees
which look like perfect natural umbrellas. The have trunks that resemble that of an average
tree but their thick tightly bunched branches shoot upwards and form a mushroom like crown. Socotra is also home to three geographically
unique species of bird: the socotra sunbird, socotra grosbeak and socotra starling. There aren’t many other creatures that inhabit
the island other than that of bats and insects and the last time it was home to man was around
the year 100 A.D. Adding to the mystery, the island has been
the site of dozens of shipwrecks over the years. Number 8. “Palmyra Atoll”
Though technically not an island but an atoll that formed from coral the mysterious nature
of Palmyra Atoll cannot be ignored. Also known as Palmyra Island, the breathtakingly
beautiful ringlet sits between American Samoa and Hawaii. Though it is full of lush vegetation and appears
unblemished by man the island has long be the subject of superstition and folktales. There have been several cases of violent shipwrecks
and mysterious disappearances of ships on and around the island. Those who have observed the island and survived
to tell their tale have claimed having seen some extremely bizarre sights like that of
floating lights, ghosts and sea monsters. It is also reported to be the home of an incredible
amount of sharks who may have developed a distinct taste for humans. There is also the story of lost Incan treasure
that may still be on the island. These tales and others which cannot be discussed
do to their graphic nature have made Palmyra the stuff of legend amongst sailors and Pacific
Islanders for centuries. Number 7. “Vulcan Island”
Vulcan Island in the Philippines isn’t necessarily an island that is shrouded in mystery but
it definitely is a mindblowing locale. On the northern Philippine island of Luzon
there sits a lake named Taal and in that lake there is an island called Taal Volcano, inside
this island is the world’s largest crater lake and inside of this lake there sits yet
another island, known as Vulcan Island. Not only is Vulcan Island one of the most
fascinating of natural recursion it happens to be located on one of the most active volcanoes
in the entire Pacific Ocean. Because of this fact it is incredibly dangerous
to visit Vulcan Island as it has been quaking and bubbling since 1991. Number 6. “Easter Island”
The world renowned Easter Island still attracts tourists, anthropologists and archaeologists
to this day who are both perplexed and in awe of the statues left behind by the ancestors
of the native Rapa Nui peoples. Though the mysteries behind these statues,
called Moai are now mostly solved, they aren’t the only puzzle that is confounded visitors
to the small island off of Chile. Scientists recently answered one of the biggest
questions surrounding the Moai which was ‘how did the Rapa Nui move these massive stone
idols?’ They found out that these statues were specifically
designed to have pot bellies so that they could be rocked back and forth until they
were eventually wiggled to where they wanted them. But the mystery that still remains unsolved
doesn’t have to do with the Moai but rather the people that built them. The Rapa Nui have been found to have a completely
separate genetic heritage to that of nearby native South American peoples. In fact their closest genetic relatives actually
came from Pacific Islanders that live near Southeast Asia. So what is the mystery? Well despite being located in the Pacific,
Easter Island is still thousands of miles away from the Rapa Nui’s nearest relatives. So how did they get there? And how did they build such advanced structures
and invent their own agricultural system at such an early period in history despite being
geographically isolated from civilizations with similar advancements? Number 5. “The Island of The Dolls”-The Mexico City
borough of Xochimilco is steeped in Mexican history. Because it has long been the hub that connects
the various canals and lakes of Mexico it has been the cultural melting pot of the country. One particular ‘floating garden’ on the
canals of Xochimilco may be eerie to outsiders but it’s origins come from a caring place,
in line with Mexico’s tradition of honoring those who have passed from this life to the
next. The legend goes like this, one day a man found
the body of a young girl who had met with a tragic fate in the waters of one of the
canals. When he later returned to the spot he found
her he spotted a doll floating in the water and believed it to have belonged to the girl. In order to pay tribute to the girl he tied
the doll to a nearby tree. As the days passed he still felt like the
girl’s spirit wasn’t at rest so he started to bring more dolls and hang them on the trees. Though no one knows if this story is more
than myth, it has become a tradition to hang dolls on the trees of the floating garden
which is now known as ‘La Isla de las Munecas’ or ‘The Island of the Dolls’. Although this tradition comes from the heart,
it is still quite a frightening sight as the dolls are in various states of decay and some
have even told tales of them coming to life. Number 4. “Poveglia Island”-Just off the coast of Venice,
Italy lies Poveglia Island which may have one of the most twisted and horrifying histories
of any island on Earth. During the devastating Bubonic Plague outbreak
of the 14th century the government of Venice decided to try and quarantine the infected
by sending them to Poveglia Island where they would live out the rest of their days. Because of this, even after the plague subsided
the site became basically a national lazaretto and used anytime an outbreak of disease occurred. Poveglia would being to serve a new purpose
in the 1920s when a mental hospital was built on it and the terrors that the patients were
subject to at the hands of their caretakers only added to the haunting history of the
island. The island has since fallen into dangerous
level of disrepair and the Italian tourism bureau technically has forbidden people from
visiting unless they go through an extensive application and interview process. But that hasn’t stopped ghosthunters and
thrill-seekers alike from finding alternative ways to sneak onto the spooky island. Number 3. “Isla Bermeja”
From the 1500s up until the late 1900s there existed an island off the Yucatan Peninsula
in the Gulf of Mexico, at least according to maps there was. The islet of Bermeja was long used as the
geographical boundary for Mexico’s section of the Gulf but several mapping expeditions
in the 20th century that went looking for the island frankly couldn’t find it. There are several theories as to how an island
could appear on maps for the better part of four hundred years but then suddenly disappear. Most modern day experts believe that the island
never existed at all and may have been the result of a cartographic mistake that went
uncorrected. Some say that the island, which was described
as being the color of strawberry blonde hair, did exist but sank into the ocean. This theory is backed up by British maps dating
back to the 1840s which describe the island being slowly swallowed by the sea. However, there are those who believe that
the island’s disappearance and the fact that it had political significance are not
mere coincidence. Because the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most
oil-rich regions on Earth some have theorized that the island’s existence was only perpetuated
by the Mexican government in order to strategically extend their claim. On the flipside, there are also conspiracy
theorists who believe the island did exist but was destroyed by the United States government
for the same reason. Other conspiracies claim that the island still
exists but that the evidence has been wiped from maps due to it being the site of top-secret
activities. Number 2. “Floating Eye Island”
While surveying the Parana Delta of northern Argentina in 2016 with the hopes of finding
the perfect setting for his upcoming film, Argentinian filmmaker Sergio Neuspillerm found
one of the most peculiar places in the world. Deep in the misty marshlands Sergio came upon
a lake that appeared to be shaped like a perfect circle. Not only that, but there was an island in
the lake that was exactly the same shape and it filled up the majority of the lake, leaving
only a thin ring of water around it. Sergio was fascinated with the island that
would come to be called ‘The Eye’ and quickly returned with a small research party. His team reported some strange findings. They found that the island was actually floating
in the water and appeared to rotate around the lake on its own axis. They also say that the water was astonishingly
cold and clear and the bottom of the lake was significantly harder than the rest of
the ground in the area. Because of these mysterious observations Sergio
decided to scrap the initial film project he was working on in favor of shooting a documentary
on ‘The Eye’. Since the word got out on Floating Eye Island
several conspiracy theories with it at the center have arisen. The most popular of these is that the island
is covering a secret alien base. Number 1. “Diego Garcia”
In the middle of the Indian Ocean is Diego Garcia Island which has been shrouded in conspiracy. The island, which is part of the Chagos Archipelago,
was uninhabited when it was settled by French colonists in 1793 who brought hundreds of
slaves to the islands to work their plantations. The island would eventually fall under British
control as a result of the Napoleonic Wars. After slavery was abolished, the freed slaves
(who had established their own cultural identity) stayed at the island and continued to till
the land. But the Chagossians, as they had come to be
called, were forced out of their home in 1971, in order to make way for a United States Naval
Base. The US and UK had come to an agreement allowing
the US Navy to take control of the island, but the base that the Navy wanted to build
required the Chagossians to be unwillingly relocated. The arguably unethical methods the United
States used to get the islanders to comply, such as slowly cutting off their supplies
or euthanizing their pets would only add depth to the conspiracy theories that would subsequently
arise about the island.

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