Weird Natural Wonders from Around the World
(28 Aug 2015)

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Weird Natural Wonders from Around the World

Sometimes nature can throw up some incredible and unexplainable moments that make you gasp in amazement. Whether it's the natural wonder of the Great Giant Hole, or some oddly shaped icicles, some things seem so incredible that it is impossible to not be stunned.

We put together a list of a few of these said wonders, but believe us when we say that there are plenty more.

 

 

Namibia's Fairy Circles – Namibia

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Fairy circles are circular patches of land, which don't have any plants, but are often encircled by a ring of stimulated growth of grass.

The origin and history of fairy circles have long been a puzzle, but it could be caused by anything from termites to radioactive soil, and are considered one of nature's greatest mysteries.

In the oral myths of the Himba people in Namibia, the fairy circles are said to be the footsteps of the gods, while others have suggested they are burn marks from dragons living beneath the ground.

 

The Giant's Causeway – Northern Ireland

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The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland is a collection of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, which is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea.

According to legend, the columns are the remains of a causeway built by a giant to cross the North Channel so that two giants could meet.

 

Morning Glory Clouds – Australia

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The Morning Glory cloud is a rare meteorological phenomenon, which consists of a low-level solitary wave, and often occurs as a series of waves forming bands of rolling clouds.

The clouds can travels at the rate of 10 to 20 metres per second and is often accompanied by sudden wind squalls, intense low-level wind shear and a sharp pressure jump at the surface. Sometimes there is only one cloud, but sometimes there are up to ten consecutive roll clouds

 

The Great Blue Hole – Belize

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The Great Blue Hole is not only an incredible natural phenomenon, but it is also a great diving spot!The large, circular sinkhole stretches 300 meters across, and is 124 meters deep, which makes it the ideal location of drivers to spot various tropical sea life. The Hole was formed before sea levels rose, and analysis of stalactites found in the Hole shows that formation took place 153 000, 66 000, 60 000 and 15 000 years ago!

In 2012 it was also ranked number one on the list of "The 10 Most Amazing Places on Earth".

 

Fallstreak Holes

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A fallstreak hole, also known as a holepunch cloud, punch hole cloud or cloud hole, is a large circular or elliptical gap that can appear in cirrocumulus or altocumulus clouds.

The holes are formed when the water temperature in the clouds is below freezing but the water has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation. When ice crystals do eventually form, they set off a domino effect causing the water droplets around the crystals to evaporate, and this leaves a large, often circular, hole in the cloud.

Because of their rarity and unusual appearance, fallstreak holes have been mistaken for or attributed to UFO's - so if you see one, make sure to snap a picture!

 

Penitentes

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Penitentes are snow formations found at high altitudes. They take the form of tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice that form at high altitudes via sublimation, when water goes straight from gas to solid state without becoming a liquid.

The name comes from the resemblance of a field of penitentes as when doing penance. The name refers to the tall, pointed habits and hoods worn by brothers of the Procession of Penance of Spain.

 


 

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