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Our world is full of weird, exciting, and fascinating occurances - all created by Mother Nature herself! Find out what Planet Earth has to offer in this story of the world's weird 13 natural phenomena.

1.Morocco's Climbing Goats

tree_climbing_goats Goats on trees are found mostly only in Morocco. The goats climb them because they like to eat the fruit of the argan tree, which is similar to an olive. Farmers actually follow the herds of goats as they move from tree to tree. Not because it is so strange to see goats in trees and the farmers like to point and stare, but because the fruit of the tree has a nut inside, which the goats can't digest, so they spit it up or excrete it which the farmers collect. The nut contains 1-3 kernels, which can be ground to make argan oil used in cooking and cosmetics. This oil has been collected by the people of the region for hundreds of years, but like many wild and useful things these days, the argan tree is slowly disappearing due to over-harvesting for the tree's wood and overgrazing by goats.

2. Mammatus Clouds

Mammatus_storm_cloudsimage by derrich 

Mammatus cloud as an amazing natural phenomenon that is beautiful. Mammatus cloud an average diameter of 1 to 3 kilometers, the whole Mammatus cloud can last 15 minutes of an hour. These clouds are often composed of ice, can also be made ​​from ice and water. There are various types of Mammatus cloud. All have different features and each appears in a certain rekijonu. Enjoy the beautiful photos of weird Mammatus cloud.

3. Dead Sea

Dead_sea image by author

As the guy in the picture demonstrates it is perfectly easy to float on the Dead Sea and read a newspaper. The reason for this is that it is 25% salt (normal sea water is around 4-6). Obviously no marine life can live in the Dead Sea either and with the increased density of the water floating is the natural occurrence. The Dead Sea, interestingly, is not only the lowest place on the planet but it is also the hottest, besides the inside of a volcano of course!

4. Snow Blades

Penitentes_Upper_Rio_Blancoimage by arvaki

Nieves Penitentes is the official name given to a snow forming found at high altitudes. They take the form of tall thin blades of hardened snow or ice closely spaced with the blades oriented towards the general direction of the sun. Penitentes can be as tall as a person. These pinnacles of snow or ice grow over all glaciated and snow covered areas in the Dry Andes above 4,000 m. They range in size from a few cm to over five metres. They were first descried by Darwin, in 1839. On March 22, 1835, he had to squeeze his way through snowfields covered in penitentes near the Piuquenes Pass, on the way from Santiago de Chile to the Argentinian city of Mendoza.

5.Denmark's Black Sun

Fotolia_black_sun During spring in Denmark, at approximately one half an hour before sunset, flocks of more than a million European starlings (sturnus vulgaris) gather from all corners to join in the incredible formations shown above. This phenomenon is called Black Sun (in Denmark), and can be witnessed in early spring throughout the marshlands of western Denmark, from March through to the middle of April. The starlings migrate from the south and spend the day in the meadows gathering food, sleeping in the reeds during the night.

6.Brazilian's longest wave on the Earth

Giant_Wave_brazilian Twice a year, between the months of February and March, the Atlantic Ocean waters roll up the Amazon river, in Brazil, generating the longest wave on the Earth. The phenomenon, known as the Pororoca, is caused by the tides of the Atlantic Ocean wich meet the mouth of the river. This tidal bore generates waves up to 12 feet high which can last for over half an hour.

The wave has become popular with surfers. Since 1999, an annual championship has been held in São Domingos do Capim. However, surfing the Pororoca is especially dangerous, as the water contains a significant amount of debris from the margins of the river (often, entire trees). The record that we could find for surfing the longest distance on the Pororoca was set by Picuruta Salazar, a brazilian surfer who, in 2003, managed to ride the wave for 37 minutes and travel 12.5 kilometers. A surfer’s dream: riding an almost never-ending wave.

7.Catatumbo Lightning

Catatumbolightning image by thechemicalengineer

Remember watching those cartoons where a dark cloud followed miserable people? Well, these villagers must be constantly miserable because there’s a dark cloud over this place all the time.  Here, violent lightning storms take place between 140 and 160 nights a year, for 10 straight hours. The locals call it the “eternal storm.” There’s so much lightning activity in this one concentrated area that it’s considered the world’s largest regenerator of ozone on the planet. That means that this endless lightning storm is actually repairing the ozone layer. The storm is caused by masses of clouds that constantly crash into each other in this one area. Looks like a cool place to visit, but your odds of being struck by lightning probably increase dramatically.

8.Old Faithful

Old_Faithfull image by pd

Yellowstone’s is the world’s best known geyser because of its consistent eruptions nearly every hour. Up to 8,400 gallons of scalding hot water shoot up to the heavens reaching heights of over 100 feet. It was first discovered in 1870 and since then over 30,000 eruptions have been recorded. Like a performing whale at Sea World this geyser attracts thousands of tourists a year.

9.Green Flashes

Mirage_green_flash image by mila

Sometimes, when the sun sets or rises, the top edge of that sun will appear to be a bright green, but one usually has to see it through a distant horizon. Atmospheric conditions have to be nearly perfect with no clouds all the way down to the horizon. It may last for around a second this phenomenon is called a green flash, and it is caused by a certain refraction of light in the atmosphere.

10.Sailing Stones

Racetrack_Playa image by pirate scott

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.

11.Red Tides

Red_tide image by noaa

Red tides are also known as algal blooms – sudden influxes of massive amounts of colored single-cell algae that can convert entire areas of an ocean or beach into a blood red color. While some of these can be relatively harmless, others can be harbingers of deadly toxins that cause the deaths of fish, birds and marine mammals. In some cases, even humans have been harmed by red tides though no human exposure are known to have been fatal. While they can be fatal, the constituent phytoplankton in ride tides are not harmful in small numbers.

12.Columnar Basalt

Sheepeater_Cliff image by sogtler

When a thick lava flow cools it contracts vertically but cracks perpendicular to its directional flow with remarkable geometric regularity – in most cases forming a regular grid of remarkable hexagonal extrusions that almost appear to be made by man. One of the most famous such examples is the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Ireland (shown above) though the largest and most widely recognized would be Devil’s Tower in Wyoming. Basalt also forms different but equally fascinating ways when eruptions are exposed to air or water.

13.Devil's Town

devil_town image by trekearth

Two rare natural phenomena at the same spot: 202 stone formations created by erosion, between two and 15 meters in height and the middle diameter of under 1 m, topped by stone blocks weighing as much as 100 kg, appearing unreal and yet lasting for centuries, and two springs of extremely acid water (pH 1,5) with high mineral content (15 g/l; content of some elements even 1000 times as high as in ordinary drinking waters) make Djavolja Varos a true wonder of nature.


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