Mind-Blowing Natural Phenomena

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Everyone is used to natural phenomena such as snow and rain. However, there are less known occurrences that are so crazy it will hard for you to believe they’re real!

Lenticular Clouds

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This photo was taken at the base of Mount Shasta, in California. It is a perfect example of lenticular clouds. These clouds are most found around buildings or bridges or natural formations like valleys or mountains. They happen when the air flow meets a disruption in its path. Due to their shape, they are often offered as an explanation for UFO sightings.

Bioluminescent Waves

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These bioluminescent waves were caught on the shores of the Maldives. Bioluminescent phytoplankton is the culprit for this amazing event. As the phytoplankton are washed ashore their chemical energy is turned into light.

Striped Glaciers

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Many people would expect a glacier to be solid white. However, for some glaciers this is not the case. There are striped glaciers. The stripes are created from layers that were created in special conditions. For example, the most common blue stripes, are from water that froze so fast no bubbles were able to be formed. Green stripes are due to water that freezes with high contents of algae.

Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

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Found mainly in the Philippines and Indonesia, these Eucalyptus trees expose a colorful surprise as they age. Also known as the rainbow gum, these trees’ bark peel as it ages and exposes a rainbow of colors.The youngest bark is green for the high amounts of chlorophyll it contains, then as the tree gets older the color changes to purple, red, and then brown. Ironically, high amounts of the rainbow eucalyptus is turned into white paper.

Flammable Ice Bubbles

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Trapped beneath Alberta’s Frozen lake are beautiful frozen bubbles. However, don’t get too close, because these bubbles are flammable, as they are filled with methane gas. According to the Smithsonian Magazine “Methane bubbles form in bodies of water when dead organic matter (leaves and animals) falls into the water and sinks to the bottom, to the delight of bacteria waiting below. The bacteria munches on the matter and poops out methane, which turns to white floating blobs when it comes into contact with frozen water.”


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