We think that space is the most amazing thing in the world. But, our Earth is sufficient to satisfy us that amazing things do exist here. Water, air and fire are some of the known yet fascinating things in our world. There are many things in nature that are well beyond our imaginations. Such amazing things in nature are uncommon and rare. They are specific to certain geological locations, country or ecosystem. These are not just amazing but are mysterious, weird and unbelievable. These are examples of nature’s craftsmanship and are beyond the power of humans.
List of 7 amazing things in nature you won’t believe are real:
Crystal Ice Caves, Iceland
Crystal Ice Caves in the Vatnajökull glaciers of Iceland are a breathtaking experience for tourists. The image here is an illustration, the actual ice caves of Iceland are way beyond imagination. Every winter, the caves transform into a beautiful glacial lagoon resulting in a glassy ice blue hue. The glassy ice hue is because of the towering weight of the ice compressing the air bubbles outside. The size, shape and hue in the caves are ever-changing. There are several ice caves in Iceland, but Vatnajökull glacier ice caves are the best and are a jewel on Earth.
Glowing Blue Waves, Maldives
Maldives is a great tourist spot in the world and is a wonderful place to enjoy your honeymoon. Some visitors get to see the beautiful glowing blue waves in the seashores of Maldives islands. Scientists have discovered that these amazing blue waves are because of bioluminescent plankton in the warm shores. Though, the glow in the night are soothing to the eye, they are actually a defense mechanism of the plankton. They tend to glow when stressed.
These microorganisms produce the bioluminescence using a chemical called as luciferin. These organisms are known as dinoflagellates which are unique in the way they emit light. They can produce the light on their own. They do not need any external aid such as a particular food or another creature. Other seashores such as San Diego, Vietnam, Jamaica, Australia and Thailand have reported the sightings of these magical blue light emitting organisms.
Sailing Stones, USA
Sailing stones are an amazing geological phenomenon where rocks or stones slide from one place to another leaving a trail behind. For decades this has left scientists, geologists and theorists baffled. These famous mystery occurs at various places, the most famous one being Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park in California. For many years, there have been several theories explaining this phenomenon but none could breakthrough. But, in 2006 the mystery was cracked by a NASA scientist by name Ralph Lorenz. It explains that wind drives these rocks which weigh as much as 700 lbs. (318 kilograms) to move up to 820 feet (250 meters) when large floating ice sheets break during sunny days and the ice panels slide.
Electric Blue Flames of Kawah Ijen, Indonesia
A volcano in Indonesia produces blue lava and blue flames which looks amazing in the night. The Ijen volcano complex is a group of volcanoes which houses the unusual Kawah Ijen volcano and the largest acidic lake in the world. After the National Geographic mentioned about the electric-blue flames of Kawah Ijen, the place has seen an increase in tourists from around the world. Though, another Hawaiian Volcano threw up blue flames, the reasons behind the blue flames are different. The Hawaiian volcano’s blue flame is a result of surrounding methane gases whereas that of Kawah Ijen’s is due to high sulfur gases. The place looks spectacular at night when the blue lava drips on the volcano. The unusual amount of sulfur in Kawah Ijen is a subject of research among scientist and is a mystery.
Danxia Landform, China
Danxia landform is a vast mountainous landscape of rainbow-colored mountains. The landscape is for “real”. The Rainbow Mountains are in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park. These unique geological formations mesmerize the tourists from around the world. The beautiful layers of colors are the results of red sandstone and minerals compressed together for 24 million years. These terrains were a result of the same tectonic movements responsible for the creation of the Great Himalayas. Wind, rainfall, weather, sun and natural erosion worked for millions of years to form these beautiful patterns of colors, valleys, waterfalls, mountains and natural pillars. Another peculiar feature of the Danxia landform is the large numbers of caves of various sizes and shapes. Some of these caves interconnect with each other, are deep and extremely isolated.
Fly Geyser, Nevada
Fly Geyser in Nevada is a geothermal geyser in Nevada’s Washoe County on a private land. The Fly Geyser stands colorfully with a height of 5 feet (1.5 m) and width of 12 feet (3.7 m). The natural geyser throws hot spring of water to the nearby terrace pools of around 30. The deep underground pool and hot rocks combined with tectonic rifting and faulting is the source of this wonderful geyser. The brilliant colors of red and green on the geyser deposits are due to a thermophilic algae making it standout in this world. There are actually two geysers at the location where one was created around 100 years ago by drilling a well for the purpose of irrigating the desert-like surrounding. Another one was a human error.
Turquoise Ice Lake in Baikal, Russia
Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake by volume, deepest lake and the oldest lake in the world. The lake has something beautiful to offer. The lake freezes during winter which leaves behind beautiful turquoise ice. These ice gems glitter in the sun giving a soothing effect to your eyes. The surface of the lake freezes unevenly during the winter pushing blocks of diamond cut ice blocks on the surfaces. This phenomenon causes the gem to show up on the surface. The sunlight passing through its clear ice turns it into a turquoise gem from the fairyland. These hidden ice jewels glow on the sides with a blanket of snow on the top. A Russian photographer, Alfred Trofimov was the first to capture these world wonder exquisitely and calls them as “the pearl of our planet.”