Nature is full of surprises. Sometimes they might seem unbelievable or downright creepy but there is always some science involved. However, these bizarre occurrences have their own appeal and an enigmatic beauty.
Here are 10 bizarre natural phenomenon found on this planet.
10. Blue Lava
The Kawah Ijen volcano complex situated in East Java spouts electric blue lava. It may look like magic but it is just chemistry. The lava is a naturally fiery red in colour but the intense heat around it and the burning of sulphuric gases coming out of with the lava give it a vivid electric blue appearance.
9. Yosemite Firefall
Yosemite’s Horsetail Fall displays an amazing Firefall around the second week of February. When the conditions are just right, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall and lighting it up for about ten minutes.
8. Hair Ice
Hair ice, also known as ice wool, is a type of ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine, silky hair. Hair ice forms on moist, rotting wood from broadleaf trees when temperatures are slightly under 0 °C due to the activity of a fungus named Exidiopsis effusa.
7. Lenticular Clouds
Lenticular clouds are lens-shaped clouds that are often mistaken for UFOs because of the saucer-like shape. They normally develop on the downwind side of a mountain or a mountain range when stable and moist air flows over a mountain, creating a series of oscillating waves.
6. Rainbow Trees
Rainbow eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta) is a eucalyptus tree indigenous to the northern hemisphere. The bark of the rainbow eucalyptus tree makes it amazing. The last season’s bark peels off to reveal brightly colored strips of new bark underneath it. The peeling process results in streaks of red, orange, green, blue and gray.
5. Living Rocks
Pyura chilensis is a sea creature that looks like a rock and lives on the rocky coast of Chile and Peru. It is an immobile, sac-like invertebrate that filters out microalgae from inhaled ocean water to eat. When cut open, it has bloody guts resembling a tomato and is edible.
4. Frost Flowers
Frost flowers are intricate ice crystals that commonly grow on sea ice and thin lake ice. They are formed on thin ice when the atmosphere above it is much colder than the underlying ice. The flowers grow when sublimating ice vapour becomes oversaturated with liquid and when it comes in contact with an ice crystal it quickly turns back into ice.
3. Steam Towers
Steam towers found in the Hverir region of Iceland when combined with the ethereal beauty of the northern lights, create an otherworldly landscape. The region is naturally high in geothermal activity which forms large towers of steam emanating from the boiling water and mud in the area.
2. Everlasting Storm
The Catatumbo Lightning is an atmospheric phenomenon in Venezuela. It only occurs over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo. The frequent, powerful flashes of lightning occur during 140 to 260 nights a year, 10 hours per day and up to 280 times per hour.
1. Volcanic Lightning
Volcanic lightning or a dirty thunderstorm is a weather phenomenon that is related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume. Studies indicate that electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, producing a stunning and eerie display of lightning.