Despite the amazing advancements that man has accomplished, it still cannot parallel the natural and fantastic phenomena that occur here on earth. These natural events are extraordinarily beautiful that they will leave anyone who sees them breathless.
Due to the beautiful imagery that are created by these rare occurrences, one might think that they’re not real. But your eyes aren’t deceiving you because these outstanding phenomenons aren’t illusions. They’re as real as they can get. Go ahead and check out the pictures below and see for yourself. Prepare to be amazed.
The monarch butterflies, especially the eastern/northeastern population, migrate from southern Canada and United States to overwintering sites in central Mexico, where they arrive around November. After that, they begin their return trip in March, arriving around July. During the northward migration, female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation. Unfortunately, no single butterfly has ever completed the entire round-trip.
When dinoflagellates reproduce at such a massive rate, the water begins to take on a murky reddish color, a natural phenomenon known as red tide. When the species of dinoflagellates involved are toxic, that’s the time when red tides become harmful to marine life and make shellfish dangerous to eat.
Fairy Circles in Namibia
The Fairy Circles in Namibia continue to baffle scientists and is considered one of nature’s greatest mysteries. A theory that could explain the occurrence of these strange circles is the activity of a sand termite called Psammotermes allocerus.
The Flowering Desert
In Atacama Desert, Chile, a climatic phenomenon known as the flowering desert occurs. The region normally receives less than 12 mm of rain in a year. However, in years when rainfall is unusually high, a wide variety of flowers bloom between the months of September and November.
These ice crystals are generally formed only in relatively windless conditions and if the difference in temperature between the ice surface and the air is at least 15°C. They’re commonly found on thin lake ice and young sea ice.
Door to Hell
There is natural gas field in Derweze, Turkmenistan, that has kept on burning since 1971. Dubbed as the Door to Hell, the large crater was formed when scientists drilled the spot where they thought oil was available. However, they soon discovered that it was a huge natural gas field. The engineers deemed it necessary to burn the gas off because of a high probability that large amounts of poisonous gases would be released from the cavern into the nearby towns. The estimated time for the gas to burn off was only within weeks, but it has instead kept on burning for more than four decades.
Sailing Stones in Death Valley, USA
Sailing Stones are a geological phenomenon where rocks move and leave a trail along the smooth valley floor of Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park. The rocks are able to move without any form of animal or human intervention. The reason behind these movements are the large ice sheets, a few millimeters thick and floating in a momentary winter pond, that start to melt during sunny days. Frozen during cold winter nights, these thin floating ice panels shove rocks up to five meters per minute, which are then driven by light winds.
A light pillar is in the form of a vertical column of light that appears to extend above and/or below a light source. It’s sometimes called The Crystal Beam Phenomenon. Reflections of light from numerous tiny ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere or clouds are the main reason that caused their creation.
The Catatumbo Lightning occurs only over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo. This atmospheric phenomenon originates from a mass of storm clouds at a height of more than five kilometers and can be observed in Venezuela for over 140 to 160 nights a year, 10 hours per day, and up to 280 times per hour.
Similar to the Red Tide, pictured above is a species of phytoplanktons that have the ability to glow. They give off a stunning light show that looks like a scene taken out directly from a sci-fi film. These creatures’ chemical appetite is incited into light energy when brought ashore by the tides.
Tidal Bores on an Amazon in Brazil and a Severn in England
This tidal phenomenon happens when the leading edge of the approaching tide forms a wave (or waves) of water that travels up a narrow bay or river against the direction of the body of water’s current. A lot of surfers use this opportunity to have some fun.
Undulatus Asperatus aka Roughened or Vibrated Waves
Undulatus asperatus, now known as asperitas, is a cloud formation that is proposed as a separate cloud classification by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society in 2009. It will be the first cloud formation added since cirrus intortus in 1951 to the International Cloud Atlas of the World Meteorological Organization, if the proposal is approved. The translation relatively translates to “roughness”.
Typically in cirrostratus or cirrus clouds, a circumhorizontal arc is an optical phenomenon formed by the refraction of sun or moonlight in plate-shaped ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere. This visual materialization is often mistaken for glow rainbows.
Also known as volcanic lightning, dirty thunderstorms occur when volcanic plumes have lightnings in them.
Spherical Boulders in New Zealand
Due to coastal erosion, these round boulders in New Zealand, which are exhumed from mudstone, are now visible. Their exact origin and how they’ve been formed continue to baffle a lot of experts from around the world.
Mammatus (“mammary cloud” in English) is the term given to the cellular pattern of pouches that hang underneath the base of a cloud. The resulting cloud formation often goes by the name mammary clouds.
Thousands of spiders cover fields with cobwebs nearby Wagga Wagga, Australia, as they flee the torrential floodwaters, and the results are otherworldly.
Snow Chimneys on Mount Erebus, Antarctica
This snow chimney can be found in Mount Erebus. It’s the southernmost active volcano on earth. Since 1972, it has been observed to be continuously active by the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory.
The Sardine Run
The run creates a feeding frenzy along the coastline due to the sheer number of the sardines. The Sardine Run, containing millions of sardines, occurs when a current of cold water heads north from the Agulhas Bank up to Mozambique where it then leaves the coastline and goes further east into the Indian Ocean.
More known as the Mindanao gum, rainbow gum, or rainbow eucalyptus, eucalyptus deglupta is a tree that has a distinctive multihued bark. Patches of the outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. It then matures and darkens to give orange, maroon, purple, and then blue tones. It is the only eucalyptus species found in the Northern Hemisphere.
Flammable Ice Bubbles
In Alberta’s Lake Abraham, they have a marvelous sight of solidified methane in the form of ice bubbles. When dead organic matter (animals and leaves) falls into the water and sinks to the bottom, the bacteria waiting below eats the matter and excretes out methane, which then becomes bubbles.
Lenticular Clouds over Mount Olympus
Stationary lens-shaped clouds that form in the troposphere are called lenticular clouds. They are perpendicularly aligned to the direction of the wind. Because of their shape, they are often linked to a number of UFO sightings.
Pamukkale is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. In 1988, the white fragile terraces of travertine in southwestern Turkey were designated a World Heritage site. Travertine is a form of limestone deposited by mineral springs, especially hot springs. Travertine often has a fibrous or concentric appearance and exists in tan, cream-colored, white, and even rusty varieties. The name Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish.
The Great Blue Hole
This gigantic submarine sinkhole is over 407 feet deep and over 984 feet across. The Great Blue Hole can be found off the coast of Belize, and it lies near the center Lighthouse Reef.
Lake Natron in Tanzania
Lake Natron is a soda and salt lake located in the northern Tanzania in the Arusha Region. The lake is within the Lake Natron Basin, a Ramsar Site wetland of international significance. The lake is close to the Kenyan border and is in the Gregroy Rift, which is the eastern branch of the East African Rift. These 2.5 million flamingos now carry the status “near threatened” because of their dependence on this one location, their only regular breeding area in East Africa.
Underwater Stand Circles
If you happen to be swimming in the seafloor off Japan, you’ll find these strange and unusual circles. The ones who made the circles were actually a new species of pufferfish. The male pufferfish creates the circles to attract females. The female inspects the circles, and if they like it, they will then mate with the male.
Red Crabs in Christmas Island
Christmas Island has an amazing event. Over 120 million red crabs flood the area on their way to the ocean so they could lay their eggs.
The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland
The Giant’s Causeway is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The area consists with about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns.
Polar Stratospheric Clouds
These clouds are formed during the extremely cold temperatures of the polar winter.
Spotted Lake in Canada
The Spotted Lake contains dense deposits of sodium sulphates, calcium, and magnesium sulfate. It also contains lower amounts of titanium and silver as well as high concentrations of eight other minerals.
Over 24 million years of being pressed together and then buckled by tectonic plates, the Rainbow Mountains in China’s Dianxia Landform was created. This stunning scenery of mountains with diverse colors appears so surreal it’s hard to believe that they actually exist.
The Black Sun
Usually before dusk during mid-winter, huge flocks of about 50,000 adult starlings conquer the skies in areas of the United Kingdom. They form these “black clouds” in the air that are called “murmurations.”.