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World’s Most Bizarre Natural Phenomena

A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician:

he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.

Marie Curie

The world is full with majestic places, that keep intriguing travelers and make us wonder about their mystery. If you have always dreamed of visiting really spectacular and off beaten destinations, these places will please your wishes:

Frozen methane bubbles, Canada

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The whole scene will remind you the floating saucers that fell down in the water and froze or maybe the ancient jellyfish. But in reality these ice circles are nothing else but pockets of gas, which got trapped underwater and got frozen. This phenomenon can be found in the Lake Abraham in Alberta, Canada, and these gas bubbles usually form when the leaves or grass fall in the water, and get eaten by bacteria that excrete methane. It is really fascinating but also dangerous site, as it is highly flammable. If you visit in spring for example, when methane bubbles pop and fizz it makes a totally awesome scene,  but if somebody by any chance lits up the lighter…expect a big boom.

Blood Falls, Antarctica

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The name says everything you need to know and this falls can be found in east Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. It does look like somebody poured a bucket of blood across the snow white Taylor glacier. Though no worries, it is not blood at all, but the result of very salty sub-glacial lake, which happened to be trapped beneath Taylor Glacier around two million years ago, and was kept there with no oxygen or heat. So when this salt water touches through a fissure in the glacier, the reaction with oxygen in the air creates such a weird combination of colors and cascades.

Sailing Stones, US

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One of the US mysteries can be found in the Death Valley National Park, where some of the heavy stones somehow moved like 250 meters across the desert with no particular reason. And what is even more strange, some of them weigh around 300 kg. Plus some trails were nicely curved, while the others were straight, making the whole story even more creepy. But the NASA scientist did solve the puzzle, by making an experiment with kitchen table and small rock frozen in a Tupperware container, which managed to show the ice shove – the phenomenon hiding behind this mystery. When in winter the Racetrack Playa fills with water and stones become covered with ice, even the small breeze can move these heavy stones around the area thanks to ice’s buoyancy.

Kawah Ijen Lake, Indonesia

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Travelers come here not only to see the spectacular volcano, but also a turquoise hued caldera lake, plus the bright citrine colored stones that cover an area of one kilometer around the lake and make the whole show even more spectacular. But for all these pure culture there is one element to hold responsibility – sulphur. The chamber below the volcano drops the sulphuric gases into the lakes, which in combination with dissolved metals turn water into such a beautiful shade of blue.

Hidden Beach, Mexico

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Can be a dream of every traveler who searches for private rest. This dream may come try at Playa Del Amor, or more known as hidden beach. This beach appeared as a result of a bomb blast, when Mexican government started to test the bombs in the uninhabited islands of Marietta in 1900. As a result such a huge hole appeared on the surface of island, and with time filled up with sand and water.

Pink Lake Hillier, Australia

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These bright pink lakes in Australia will totally blow your mind! One of the most popular is Lake Hillier, spreading for 600 meters long on the edge of Middle Island. But somehow nobody can still explain for sure this mysterious color. Some people believe it is caused by algae that accumulates high levels of beta-carotene, or maybe a high concentration of pink brine prawn.

Fairy Circles, Namibia

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There is a very unusual site on the territory of Namibia Desert, which puzzles the tourists millions of circular patches of land void of plants, while each of them is between 2, and 15 m in diameter, which spread over 2500 km of land. They are more known as fairy circles and again nobody knows how they form, but there are plenty of theories. Some scientists believe it is radioactive soil, or toxins released from plants that kill the vegetation around in circular patterns, or maybe it is a work of sand termites.
No matter what hides behind these natural phenomenon, they do look magnificent and absolutely astonishing!

source:bbc

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