10 Incredibly Inspiring Natural Marvels


 

 

5. Darwaza

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An area located in the middle of the Karakum desert, about 260 km north from Ashgabat in Turkmenistan give off a glow that can be seen from miles away during the dark night. Approaching near, the heat is well enough to incinerate anyone. Thus the cavern truly called by the locals as the “door to hell”.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 70 meters at. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. As geologists ignited in on first so not truly natural but then they claim, the actual fire was set off but now the sun has taken over the burning process.

 

4. Spotted Lake

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In the summer, most of the water in a lake located northwest of Osoyoos in British Columbia evaporates leaving behind huge spots, the spots might sometimes be of different colors. It is located near the city of Osoyoos, beside Highway 3. The magnificence of this lake made it a sacred place for some cults. However, to this day, the beauty inspires us.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

Spotted Lake is very highly concentrated with numerous different minerals. It contains some of the highest quantities (in the world) of magnesium sulfate, calcium and sodium sulphates. Magnesium sulfate, which crystallizes in the summer, leaving behind the spots which color according to the mineral concentration. Since in the summer, only the minerals in the lake remain, they harden to form natural “walkways” around and between the spots.

 

3. Sailing Stones

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The sailing stones, also known as sliding rocks, are a geological phenomenon where rocks move in long tracks along a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. They have been recorded and studied in a number of places around Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, where the number and length of travel grooves are notable. The force behind their movement is not understood and is the subject of research. Sliding rock trails fluctuate in direction and length. Some rocks which start next to each other start out traveling parallel, but one may abruptly change direction to the left, right, or even back the direction it came from. Length also varies because two similarly sized and shaped rocks could travel uniformly, then one could burst ahead or stop dead in its track. Speed is also an unknown variable.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

Various and sometimes idiosyncratic possible explanations have been put forward over the years that have ranged from the supernatural to the very complex. Most hypotheses favored by interested geologists posit that strong winds when the mud is wet are at least in part responsible but oh wait, some stones weigh as much as a human and therefore winds remain just a hypothesis and no actual proof.

 

2. Blood Rain

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Blood rain is a phenomenon where blood is perceived to fall from the sky in the form of rain. Cases have been recorded since Homer’s Iliad , composed ca eighth century BC, and are widespread. Before the 17th century it was generally believed that the rain was actually blood. Literature mirrors cult practice, in which the appearance of blood rain was considered a bad omen, and was used as a tool foreshadowing events, but while some of these may been literary devices, some occurrences are historic.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

While most ancient authors, such as Hesiod and Pliny, tended to ascribe the rain to the acts of gods,  but scientists now present a wide range of theories including water mixed with iron dust or having fungi and algae cells. But this is a subject of debate

 

1. Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis

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Auroras sometimes called the northern and southern (polar) lights or aurorae are natural beautiful light displays in the sky, usually observed at night, particularly in the polar regions. They typically occur in the ionosphere. The Cree people call this phenomenon the “Dance of the Spirits. Its southern counterpart, the aurora australis or the southern polar lights , has similar properties, but is only visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, or Australasia. Auroras can be spotted throughout the world and on other planets. It is most visible closer to the poles due to the longer periods of darkness and the magnetic field.

Oh Wow, How does this Occur?

Auroras are the result of the emissions of photons in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, above 80 km (50 miles), from ionized nitrogen atoms regaining an electron, and oxygen and nitrogen atoms returning from an excited state to ground state.

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