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A lava-filled Mexican village and Madagascar's bizarre stone forest: The world's most curious and unexpected places revealed

Daily Mail Logo Daily Mail | Slide 1 of 15: Ever heard about the once secret Soviet city, the lava-filled Mexican town or the small Italian island that was a dumping ground to the dead and diseased? If not, help is at hand because they feature in two books dedicated to the world's most curious and unexpected places. Both the Atlas of Improbable Places and the Atlas of the Unexpected delve into the stories behind the most unusual corners of the world, from the secret Soviet city that didn't even appear on maps until 1992 to a lava-filled Mexican town and the bridge in America that was shipped over piece by piece from London. Scroll through these fascinating images for a sneak peek at the books' findings...

Ever heard about the once secret Soviet city, the lava-filled Mexican town or the small Italian island that was a dumping ground to the dead and diseased? If not, help is at hand because they feature in two books dedicated to the world's most curious and unexpected places. Both the Atlas of Improbable Places and the Atlas of the Unexpected delve into the stories behind the most unusual corners of the world, from the secret Soviet city that didn't even appear on maps until 1992 to a lava-filled Mexican town and the bridge in America that was shipped over piece by piece from London. Scroll through these fascinating images for a sneak peek at the books' findings...
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