Nature never ceases to amaze us. Below are some of the most bizarre things found in nature, from underwater waterfalls to volcanic lighting.
10. The Great Blue Hole
Located in Belize, the Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole, considered the largest of its kind in the world. The hole, which spans an area of over 300 meters with a depth of 125 meters, is a favourite spot for scuba divers.
9. Cocooned trees
Trees shrouded in huge cocoons of silk in Sindh, a village in Pakistan. These cocoons were formed after millions of spiders crawled into the trees to escape from flood waters.
8. Underwater Waterfall
Sand and silt deposits create the illusion of a underwater waterfall. This fascinating illusion is located in the Republic of Mauritius.
7. Blue Lava
The Kawah Ijen Volcano, located in Indonesia, emits lava that glows bright blue at night. Blue lava is formed from burning sulphur that pours from the cracks of the volcano.
6. The Everlasting Storm
Extreme weather conditions in the Catatumbo River in Venezuela cause the formation of persistent lightning storms that last for 160 days a year.
5. Antarctica’s bleeding glaciers
Bleeding glaciers are caused by the outflow of saltwater rich in iron oxides from the Taylor Glacier that is located in the Antarctic continent.
4. Bioluminescent Waves
Located in the Maldives, bioluminescent waves are a result of phytoplankton microbes that glow in the dark, creating this breathtaking scene.
3. The Gateway to Hell
One of the most bizarre things found in nature, the “Gateway to Hell” is a giant pit of fire located in the heart of Turkmenistan’s Karakum desert. This ominous hole, which is a popular tourist attraction, is a gas crater that has been burning for more than 40 years.
2. Volcanic Lightning
Also known as a dirty thunderstorm, this weather phenomenon is formed as volcanic explosions can sometimes create large amounts of the electric charges that lead to the production of lightning.
1. Calcifying Lake
(photo: Nick Brandt)
An image that looks like something out of the cover art for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Lake Natron is a salt lake located in northern Tanzania. The water in this lake contains such high soda and salt concentrations that it calcifies any animal that happens to die in it.