Our planet is more beautiful than most of us can imagine. We collected 20 pictures that prove that the nature has a good imagination.
1. Mud storms occur when lightning appears in a volcanic plume.
2. “Mystical circles” in Namibia — Investigators of this mysterious phenomenon suggest that it’s the ’’masterpiece’’ of desert termites.
3. Giant’s Causeway — this is a result of the eruption of an ancient volcano in Northern Ireland. It created a terrain that’s covered with 40 000 tightly contiguous basalt pillars.
3. Lenticular clouds — these clouds in northern Georgia, USA are a rare natural phenomenon.
4. Catatumbo lightning — lightning flashes appear over water 140-160 nights a year, for ten hours a night, and up to 280 times per hour.
6. Red crabs of the Christmas Island — each year, about 43 million land crabs move in masses to the ocean to lay their eggs. Local authorities close most of the roads for a week so as to not interfere with the migration.
7. Great Blue Hole — the gigantic underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize is more than 300 meters in diameter and 124 meters deep.
8. Undulatus asperatus — these clouds are called undulatus asperatus, or rough waves. This type of cloud, with a rather mysterious form, was recently included in the classification by the head of the Cloud Appreciation Society.
9. Tanzanian Lake Natron — this saltwater lake, which is fed by hot springs, is the only place that looks exactly like a flamingo.
10. Canadian Spotted Lake is the world’s greatest reserve of magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium.
11. “The gates to the hell” in Turkmenistan — his is a fire at a gas mine that broke out in 1971. It was due to the researchers’ negligence and still hasn’t ceased.
12. Spherical boulders in New Zealand — due to the erosion of the shore’s argillaceous rocks, spherically-shaped boulders come out.
13. Flammable ice bubbles — these are methane bubbles caught in an ice trap in Abraham Lake, Canada.
14. Frozen flowers — in the calm waters of lakes and seas, where the surface has just started freezing up (about −22°C), appear ice crystals of wondrous beauty.
15. The black sun of covey of birds — upwards of 50,000 starlings flock in the skies into huge twittering flocks. This phenomenon has also been called a ’’rumble.’’
16. Moving stones of Death Valley — in a deserted valley in the USA exists a unique geological phenomenon: fragments of rocks move along the smooth ground without any help, leaving long traces behind.
17. Underwater circles in Japan — off the coast of Japan, deft pufferfish males create perfectly aligned circles with chiseled edges. These works of art are designed to fascinate and attract females.
18. Migrating Monarch butterflies — covering thousands of kilometers, massive flocks of butterflies briskly move from Canada to the south of the United States.
19. Blooming Atakama desert — in the years when Chile is more rainy than usual, the Atacama Desert is covered with flowers and herbs.
20. Mammatus Clouds — such clouds are very rare; they mainly appear in tropical latitudes. They are bound with the formation of a tropical cyclone.
21. Bioluminescent waves on the Maldivian beach — some phytoplankton species are capable of luminescence.
22. Rainbow Eucalyptus — this happens because eucalyptus peels in different sections. Each piece of the bark gradually gets blue, purple, orange, and then maroon.