You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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We learned it from the text book that the earth we live in is full of beauty and amazement. But have you any idea about how beautiful and amazing it can be? Then after seeing these pictures you’ll surely know. Share it with others and show them how bizarre our earth is. ( via: BuzzFeed )

Dirty thunderstorms, aka volcanic lightning, occur when lightning is produced in a volcanic plume.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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The Catumbo Lightning, which occurs during 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per night and up to 280 times per hour.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Christmas Island’s Red Crabs: Each year an estimated 43 million land crabs migrate to lay their eggs in the ocean.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Authorities close most of the island’s roads during the migration, which normally takes at least a week.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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Flammable ice bubbles: frozen bubbles of methane, trapped beneath Alberta’s Lake Abraham.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Monarch butterflies: The eastern North American population is notable for its southward late summer/autumn migration from the USA and Canada to Mexico, covering thousands of kilometers.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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No individual makes the entire round trip. Female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during these migrations.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Surreal spiderwebs: Fleeing torrential floodwaters near Wagga Wagga, Australia, thousands of spiders cover fields with cobwebs.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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The Black Sun: Huge flocks of up to 50,000 starlings form in areas of the UK just before sundown during mid-winter. They are known as murmurations.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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The Sardine Run: occurs from May through July when billions of sardines move north along the east coast of South Africa. Their sheer numbers create a feeding frenzy along the coastline.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland: an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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They look like the entrance to Hell!

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Oh wait, here’s The Door to Hell, a gas fire in Turkmenistan accidentally ignited by scientists in 1971 and still burning. Oops.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Sailing stones in Death Valley, USA: a geological phenomenon where rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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Tidal bores on the Amazon in Brazil and the Severn in England: a tidal phenomenon in which the leading edge of the incoming tide forms a wave of water that travels up a river against the flow.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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The Flowering Desert: occurs in the Atacama Desert, Chile, in years when rainfall is unusually high. Normally the region receives less than 12mm of rain annually.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Mammatus clouds, aka “mammary clouds” or “breast clouds”: a meteorological term applied to a rare pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Polar stratospheric clouds: also known as nacreous clouds (from nacre, or mother of pearl, due to their iridescence).

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Undulatus asperatus aka “roughened or agitated waves”: This cloud formation has been proposed as a separate cloud classification by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and would be the first new type of cloud recognised since 1951.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Tanzania’s Lake Natron: a salt lake fed by mineral-rich hot springs that is the only regular breeding area in East Africa for the 2.5 million lesser flamingoes.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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The flamingo population has been adversely affected in recent years by suspected heavy metal poisoning, and the lake is currently under threat by a proposed soda ash plant by Tata Chemicals.

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Canada’s saline endorheic alkali Spotted Lake: contains some of the highest quantities of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates in the world.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Bioluminescent waves on a beach in the Maldives: Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce; when washed ashore by the tides, their chemical energy is turned into light energy.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Snow chimneys on Mount Erebus, Antarctica: the southernmost active volcano on Earth.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Special mention: The Moskstraumen is a tidal whirlpool, one of the strongest in the world, that forms in the Norwegian Sea*.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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The Moskstraum was the inspiration for Edgar Allan Poe’s short story A Descent into the Maelström (1841), which brought the term maelstrom into the English language.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

Namibia’s mysterious Fairy Circles: Studies suggest that a sand termite is responsible for their creation.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Underwater crop circles in the ocean off Japan: created by a male pufferfish in order to woo females.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Spherical boulders in New Zealand: exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them by coastal erosion.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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The Great Blue Hole: a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, over 300m across and 124m deep.

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Bioluminescent dinoflagellates + the right conditions = Red Tide: a condition where the dinoflagellates become so numerous that the water takes on a muddy reddish colour.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena
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Light pillars: an optical phenomenon formed by the reflection of sunlight or moonlight by ice crystals that are present in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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The light pillar looks like a thin column that extends vertically above the source of light. They have been known to produce false UFO reports.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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Rainbow eucalyptus aka rainbow gum: patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, darkening and maturing to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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Frost flowers: ice crystals commonly found growing on young sea ice and thin lake ice in extremely cold, calm conditions nearing -22C or -7.6F.

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Circumhorizontal arcs, misleadingly known as fire rainbows: an optical phenomenon featuring an ice halo formed by plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds.

You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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You’ll Never Know How Wonderful and Amazing the World is Until You’ve Seen These Natural Phenomena

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Lenticular clouds over Mount Olympus: stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere. Because of their shape, they have been offered as an explanation for some UFO sightings.

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