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Snow chimneys,on Mount Erebus, Antarctica: the southernmost active volcano on Earth.
Nature has helped produce stunning wonders around the world. Some of these natural phenomena are so bizarre that it can be tough to believe they exist, but the breathtaking and eerie wonders reveal nature's immense power. From a bright pink lake in Australia to the Northern Lights, here are some of the world's most fascinating natural marvels.
Puerto Rico and the Maldives, bioluminescent phytoplankton create stunning shimmering waters.
Morning Glory clouds are very rare types of clouds. They can stretch 1,000 kilometers long and occur at altitudes of up to 2 km. Although similar clouds are seen in many places worldwide, the ones over Burketown, Queensland in Australia occur predictably every spring.
In Morocco, goats climb up argan trees in order to eat their fruit. The site is not uncommon to locals, but travelers are often shocked to see the bizarre phenomenon.
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.
For most of the year, the red land crabs of Christmas Island, in Australia, reside in the forests. But around November, around 120 million of them emerge from the forest, crossing the area’s roads and heading towards the Indian Ocean to release their eggs at the high tide.
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.
After a flood hit the Pakistani village of Sindh in 2010, millions of spiders crawled to safety in the trees and spun their webs. The result led to fascinating web-cocooned trees.
Colombia’s Cano Cristales, located in the Serrania de la Macarenia National Park.
A fallstreak hole, also known as a punch hole cloud, is a large circular or elliptical gap, that can appear in cirrocumulous or altocumulous clouds. Such holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of icenucleation particles.
Alberta, Canada, is filled with frozen bubbles. The bubbles are the result of methane gas released by the area's plants and animals.
One of nature’s most spectacular displays, the Northern Lights are formed from electrically charged particles from the sun that combine with different gases to produce a multicolored light show. Alaska, Iceland, and northern Scandinavia.
Every summer, around 1.5 million bats take flight over the skies of Austin, Texas, producing an awe-inspiring nature show.
Dirty thunderstorms, aka volcanic lightning, occur when lightning is produced in a volcanic plume.
The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara, stands as a large bulls’-eye in the middle of Africa's Sahara desert.
About 40,000 massive basalt columns have formed the stunning Giant's Causeway, located on the Antrim plateau in Northern Ireland.
Kawah Ijen volcano, located in East Java, Indonesia, is famous for its bright blue fire that streams down the mountain in the evenings.
When the surface of the sea freezes—such as around the north and south poles—it does so in a way that forces pockets of especially cold and salty seawater to gather on the underside of the ice. This mixture of brine is denser than the seawater below it, and as a result it tends to slowly sink to the bottom.
For years, large stones have been moving across California’s Racetrack Playa of Death Valley National Park.
Monarch butterflies are the only butterflies who can make a two-way migration. Every year, they take to the skies from eastern North America to the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico (during the end of October) and from western North America to California.
The naturally terraced thermal springs of Hierapolis-Pamukkale in the province of Denizli in western Turkey
Namibia’s mysterious Fairy Circles
Fire whirls are also known as fire tornado or fire devil. They are unusual phenomena in which the fires obtain vertical vortices and create an effect that looks like tornado.
This is a natural phenomenon which usually happens only in arid regions like Dubai along with other middle eastern regions.
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.
Venezuela’s Catatumbo Lightning is often called the Everlasting.
Glowing Ghost Mushrooms
Named after the river on which it takes place every year from late spring to early summer, the Blooming of the Tisza is an incredible natural phenomenon that attracts tourists from all around the world to Hungary. As millions of long-tailed mayflies reach sexual maturity, they shed their larvae skin and burst from the river in search of a mate before dying just a few hours later.
. Humbug icebergs, Antarctica
Some of the most incredible natural phenomena lie in the migration patterns of different animals.
Scientists explain that the foam is created by impurities in the ocean, such as salts, chemicals, dead plants, decomposed fish and excretions from seaweed.
The remarkable ice spikes are called penitentes because of their similarity to white-hooded monks in procession.
Circumhorizontal arcs, or Fire Rainbows, form when sunlight enters ice crystals in the high levels of clouds, splitting them into an array of colors.
Underwater crop circles,in the ocean off Japan
Zhangye Danxia Geopark: colorful mountains in China
The Door to Hell, a gas fire in Turkmenistan accidentally ignited by scientists in 1971 and still burning.
The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland: an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.
The Namib Sand Sea, located in Africa on the coast of Namibia’s Namid-Naukluft Park, is the only coastal desert in the world.
The red earth of Dongchuan in China
Undulatus asperatus aka “roughened or agitated waves”
Spherical boulders,in New Zealand: exhumed from the mudstone enclosing them by coastal erosion.
Lenticular Pyramid Clouds over Mt. Fuji