Natural phenomena that are hard to believe (23 pics)

Our planet is more beautiful than most of us can imagine. We collected 20 pictures that prove that the nature has a good imagination. (23 pics)

Mud storms

1. Mud storms occur when lightning appears in a volcanic plume.

“Mystical circles” in Namibia

2. “Mystical circles” in Namibia – Investigators of this mysterious phenomenon suggest that it’s the ’’masterpiece’’ of desert termites.

Giant’s Causeway

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.

Lenticular clouds

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3. Lenticular clouds – these clouds in northern Georgia, USA are a rare natural phenomenon.

Catatumbo lightning

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.

Red crabs of the Christmas Island

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.

Great Blue Hole

7. Great Blue Hole – the gigantic underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize is more than 300 meters in diameter and 124 meters deep.

Undulatus asperatus

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.

Tanzanian Lake Natron

9. Tanzanian Lake Natron – this saltwater lake, which is fed by hot springs, is the only place that looks exactly like a flamingo.

Canadian Spotted Lake

10. Canadian Spotted Lake is the world’s greatest reserve of magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium.

“The gates to the hell” in Turkmenistan

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.

Spherical boulders in New Zealand

12. Spherical boulders in New Zealand – due to the erosion of the shore’s argillaceous rocks, spherically-shaped boulders come out.

Flammable ice bubbles

13. Flammable ice bubbles – these are methane bubbles caught in an ice trap in Abraham Lake, Canada.‎

Frozen flowers

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.

The black sun of covey of birds

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.’’

Moving stones of Death Valley

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.

Underwater circles in Japan

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.

Migrating Monarch butterflies

18. Migrating Monarch butterflies – covering thousands of kilometers, massive flocks of butterflies briskly move from Canada to the south of the United States.

Blooming Atakama desert

19. Blooming Atakama desert – in the years when Chile is more rainy than usual, the Atacama Desert is covered with flowers and herbs.

Mammatus Clouds

20. Mammatus Clouds – such clouds are very rare; they mainly appear in tropical latitudes. They are bound with the formation of a tropical cyclone.

Bioluminescent waves on the Maldivian beach

21. Bioluminescent waves on the Maldivian beach – some phytoplankton species are capable of luminescence.

Rainbow Eucalyptus

22. Rainbow Eucalyptus – this happens because eucalyptus peels in different sections. Each piece of the bark gradually gets blue, purple, orange, and then maroon.

Sardine Run

23. Sardine Run – from May to July, billions of sardines run to the North along the East coast of South Africa.