7 Of The Most Awe-Inspiring Natural Phenomenon

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7 Of The Most Awe-Inspiring Natural Phenomenon

7 Of The Most Awe-Inspiring Natural Phenomenon

Nature never ceases to be awe-inspiring. With rare and natural phenomenon all around us, the wonder can sometimes be overlooked. In this list, you will discover (or rediscover) some of the most beautiful naturally occurring phenomenon from around the world.

1. Volcanic lightning

Starting the list out strong, volcanic lightning is capable of being two times more powerful than lightning from supercell thunderstorms. Similar to rubbing a balloon on a head of hair, volcanic ash becomes charged as magma fractures inside the volcano, giving a spectacular show.

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2. Tree Spiders

Thanks to massive flooding in Pakistan in the summer of 2010, millions of spiders were attracted to the area flora and set up shop. Entire trees have been cocooned because they had to try to escape the flood waters that took an extremely long time to recede.

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3. Fox Fire

Bioluminescent Mushrooms are the cause of the mysterious fox fire or “fairy fire”.  Several species of fungi that are present in decaying wood use bioluminescent light to entice insects tin turn helping the spores spread in the dense forest.

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4. Water Spout

Water spouts occur over bodies of water and form a column-like vortex that don’t actually suck up water. They are basically water tornadoes that typically are less intense than those of the Wizard of Oz.

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5. Upward Lightning

This phenom is rare and occurs as electrons run earthward, creating an electrical current and a brilliant streak of light like a tree branching out.

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6. Sea Foam

Though rather common, in great quantities can be rather, well, grotesquely interesting. The cause of sea foam or beach foam is due to the disturbance of seawater with a higher concentration of dissolved and decaying algal blooms. The foam accumulates as the waste is churned like butter from the surf.

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7. Glowing Waves

Another, more appealing beach phenomenon consisting of little fairy tale twinkling lights caused by bioluminescent phytoplankton creating Glowing Waves.When waves crash into the shore, the phytoplankton’s stress response to the disturbance is to emit light. The stress to light these little buggers up can be from something as simple as a surfboard or a kayak.

Bioluminescence from glowing plankton in sea tide line on beach, with stars above and ship lights on horizon, Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, October 2010

Bioluminescence from glowing plankton in sea tide line on beach, with stars above and ship lights on horizon, Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, October 2010

 

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