Mother nature can be beautiful, powerful, and even downright frightening at times. The following are 10 of the most bizarre acts mother nature has ever created. To witness any of these incredible natural phenomenon would surely leave you jaw-dropped in amazement.
1. Red Tides
These are formed when an abundance of algae quickly form in a body of water.
Although this specimen may look like it came out of the glowing forest from the movie Avatar, Foxfire is actually a naturally occurring bioluminescence in some species of fungi that grow on dead trees.
3. Columnar Basalt
You may be able to find these square or hexagon shaped columns after an unusually thick lava flow has cooled off and cracked. These incredible columns are often 50 feet high!
4. Fire Rainbows
Known in the scientific community as circumhorizontal arcs, fire rainbows are neither fire nor rainbow. They are formed by hexagonal, plate-shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds and when the sunlight hits the crystals, they produce this magnificent rainbow-colored cloud effect.
5. Haboob dust storms
These ominous looking dust storms look like a famous scene out of The Mummy but can be found in Arizona, the Sahara Desert, and parts of the Middle East where conditions are especially dry, dusty, and windy.
6. Mammatus clouds
If you see these type of cow udder-shaped clouds form in the sky, you might want to head for cover as mammatus clouds often appear before a strong storm.
7. Rainbow Bark
The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree reveals the most extraordinary colors when its flakey bark sheds. Colors range from bright green to blue, to maroon during the aging process.
8. Light Pillars
Light pillars appear when light reflect off the surface of millions of tiny, falling, ice crystals in atmosphere.
What’s worse than a tornado? How about a fire tornado! Firenadoes are often produced during wildfires when ground-level winds come in contact with fire and whip it into the air, creating a shocking funnel of spinning flames.
10. Blue Holes
Blue holes are underwater caves or sinkholes. Their dark blue color is formed from not only the depth of the sinkhole, but also a combination of bright white carbonate sand and extraordinarily clear water. Divers have explored blue holes with depths beyond 600 feet!
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