Jacob’s Well is a mile-deep natural pool in Texas. Many who visit the waterhole stick to its edges or take a dip to cool off. The views are majestic and the area is usually safe for these visitors. However, the spot has become popular among divers who like to explore the depths of the pool, many who are inexperienced.
Several divers have lost their lives exploring the mysterious waters of Jacob’s Well, likely by losing their way in the dark caverns far below the surface. It was decided for this reason that only registered scuba divers would be allowed to dive in the pool. This didn’t put an end to the injuries and deaths though. Even the most experienced of divers have been known to make mistakes.
The Berkeley Pit, Montana
Started in 1955, the Berkeley Pit was an active copper mine until 1982. Located in Butte, Montana, the area was considered an essential part of the mining boom in the 19th century and even went on to earn itself the nickname of the “richest hill on Earth.” After the pit was shut down, the miners took their water pumps with them, ultimately leaving the pit to fill up with groundwater.
This isn’t your typical groundwater though. Due to the pollution caused by years of mining the area, as well as natural minerals in the ground, the water that ended up filling the pit is extremely toxic. Full of nasty chemicals and heavy metals, the water often appears discolored. The color tends to change from black, to red, and sometimes even an unnatural blue. Visitors can check out the Berkeley Pit from a viewing platform and even take a tour of the mines. It’s fairly safe as long as you don’t drink the water!
While Huntsville, Alabama may seem like just another city in the United States, tourists might be risking their lives by visiting. Every few years, an unexpected natural phenomenon takes over the city, putting everyone at the center of destruction. Tornadoes have been ripping through Huntsville for decades, and never fail to appear during a storm.
The area has been ripped apart by more than a dozen tornadoes since the ‘70s and they don’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. What makes these tornadoes especially dangerous is how quickly they appear, destroying everything and everyone in its path.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Encompassing over 6 million acres, the Denali National Park in Alaska is home to dozens of wild creatures. It’s not uncommon for hikers and tourists to fall victim to one of these animals. Grizzly bears especially have been known to injure and kill visitors who are unaware of the park’s dangerous wildlife.
It’s not just grizzly bears that tourists have to look out for though. The area’s heavy rainfalls cause mudslides that have led to serious injuries and left tourists stranded. Not too long ago 300 visitors were stuck inside the park after a mudslide left them trapped. It’s certainly not the kind of park you want to wander around alone.
The Red Triangle, California
The Red Triangle is an area in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Northern California known for being home to many great white sharks. For this reason, the area is responsible for more shark attacks than anywhere else in the country. In fact, roughly 38 percent of great white shark attacks in the United States occurred in the Red Triangle, and 11 percent of shark attacks worldwide.
While most would think this would deter visitors from hanging out on the beaches off the coasts surrounding the Red Triangle, it most certainly does not. Both tourists and locals enjoy vacationing in the area, often attracting sharks closer to the shores where they mistake swimmers for fish or seals. That doesn’t discourage people from entering the waters though!