10 Incredibly Inspiring Natural Marvels

I see skies of blue, clouds of white, bright blessed days and dark sacred nights. I see trees of green, red roses too and the colors of the rainbow so pretty and  true. And then i think to myself “what a wonderful world.” Well yea! It is a fascinating world we live in, with some unbelievable sights, not only in the scenery but sometimes we come across such marvels that leave us head scratching. Here is a view at a few such beautiful marvels which are natural i.e non-artificial in the physical sense.

 

10.Will-o’-the-wisp

hessdalen lights

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These are depiction of ghostly light sometimes seen at night or twilight over bogs, swamps, and marshes. These lights are also sometimes referred to as corpse candles or hobby lanterns. Many sightings have been reported, some were later called hoax as with the Marfa lights ear U.S. Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas, in the United States. But some were deeply studied by scientists and yet remained unexplained. The Hessdalen Lights are unexplained lights (a type of will-o’-the-wisp ) usually seen in the valley of Hessdalen, Norway. These lights are well known and have been recorded and studied by physicists.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

Recent explanation attributes the phenomenon to an incompletely understood combustion process in the air involving clouds of dust from the valley floor containing scandium. The oxidation of phosphine and methane, produced by organic decay, can also cause glowing light. Since phosphine spontaneously ignites on contact with the oxygen in air, only small quantities of it would be needed to ignite the much more abundant methane to create ephemeral fires.

 

9. Mammatus Clouds

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They are a cellular pattern of pouches hanging underneath the base of a cloud. Composed primarily of ice, Mammatus Clouds can extend for hundreds of miles in each direction. Mammatus clouds are often harbingers of a coming storm or other extreme weather system. The name mammatus is derived from the Latin mamma (meaning “udder” or “breast”), as some consider there is a resemblance between the characteristic shape of these clouds and the breast of a woman. Mammatus may appear as smooth, ragged or lumpy lobes and may be opaque or semitransparent. Because mammatus occur as a grouping of lobes, the way they clump together can vary from an isolated cluster to a field of mamma that spread over hundreds of kilometers to being organized along a line, and may be composed of unequal or similarly-sized lobes. The individual mammatus lobe average diameters of 1–3 km and lengths on average of 0.5 km. A lobe can last an average of 10 minutes, but a whole cluster of mamma can range from 15 minutes to a few hours. They usually are composed of ice, but also can be a mixture of ice and liquid water or be composed of almost entirely liquid water.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

There are multiple hypothesized formation mechanisms. The anvil of a cumulonimbus cloud gradually subsides as it spreads out from its source cloud. As air descends, it warms. However, the cloudy air will warm more slowly than the sub-cloud, dry air. Because of the differential warming, the cloud/sub-cloud layer destabilizes and convective overturning can occur, creating a lumpy cloud-base. That said, cooling due to hydrometeor fallout is a second proposed formation mechanism.

 

8. Lluvia de Peces

Lluvia de Peces

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Lluvia de Peces or Rain of Fish is a phenomenon that has been occurring for more than a century on a yearly basis in the country of Honduras. Witnesses of this phenomenon state that it begins with a dark cloud in the sky followed by lightning, thunder, strong winds and heavy rain for two to three hours. Once the rain has stopped, hundreds of living fish are found on the ground. People take the fish home to cook and eat them.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

National Geographic sent some professionals to report on this phenomenon. The explanation generally offered was for the rain of fish is meteorogical, in terms of strong winds or waterspouts, as for other accounts of raining animals. The most likely source of the fish is the Atlantic Ocean, about 200km (140 miles) away. But the steam was shocked to discover that all the fish were the same size, around 6 inches and completely blind and were freshwater fish. The experts identified the species but found no record of it in any surrounding bodies of water. So Lluvia de Peces remains unexplained.

 

7. Fire devil

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Also called as fire tornado or fire whirl is a rare phenomenon in which a fire, under certain conditions (depending on air temperature and currents), acquires a vertical vorticity and forms a whirl, or a tornado-like vertically oriented rotating column of air. Fire whirls may be whirlwinds separated from the flames, either within the burn area or outside it, or a vortex of flame, itself.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

Most of the largest fire tornados are spawned from wildfires. They form when a warm updraft and convergence from the wildfire are present. An extreme example is the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake in Japan which ignited a large city-sized firestorm and produced a gigantic fire whirl that killed 38,000 in fifteen minutes in the Hifukusho-Ato region of Tokyo. Not so wow huh?

 

6. Snow Blades

Penitentes

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Nieves Penitentes is the official name given to a snow forming found at high altitudes. They take the form of tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice closely spaced with the blades oriented towards the general direction of the sun. Penitentes can be as tall as a person. These pinnacles of snow or ice grow over all glaciated and snow covered areas in the Dry Andes above 4,000 m. They range in size from a few cm to over five metres. They were first descried by Darwin, in 1839. On March 22, 1835, he had to squeeze his way through snowfields covered in penitentes near the Piuquenes Pass, on the way from Santiago de Chile to the Argentinian city of Mendoza.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

The key climatic condition for the differential ablation that leads to the formation of penitentes is that dew point is always below freezing. Thus, snow will sublimate, because sublimation requires a higher energy input than melting. Once the process of differential ablation starts, the surface geometry of the evolving penitente produces a positive feedback mechanism, and radiation is trapped by multiple reflections between the walls acting like solar panels.

 

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