Nature is as fantastic as it is mysterious. And there are natural wonders you won’t believe exist.
From one end of the earth to another, there is much that can be expecting from the natural world. And when it comes to the natural world, there is certainly no shortage of interesting things to look out for. From a simple pebble to large mountains, nature is unlike anything, if you want to seek out something interesting in life. While much of nature is fascinating unto itself, some of it tends to be more so than the others. Given in the list below are five natural wonders in the world, which you won’t believe exist.
1. The Magnetic Hill
A magnetic hill, also called a ‘gravity hill’, is a place in Canada well known for its illusion.
As the name would suggest, the region seems to have magnetic properties, which in this case, would make it look like the gravitational force of the world is upside down.
This is most apparent, when one looks at free-moving objects, whether it is a car or water, going against the direction of gravity. In other words, cars appear to move uphill, rather than downhill, against the force of gravity.
This is of course, just an optical illusion, rather than some unusual geological phenomena. The gravity in this part of the world is no different than anywhere else. The reason why this happens is due to the way the hill is shaped, where the hills are sloped in such a way, that it gives the appearance of a downhill slope being that of an uphill.
Additionally, if you would like to test the slope for yourself, you can take a spirit level, which indicates the direction of the slope.
2. Blue Lava
This is phenomena in nature, where there is the expulsion of what can be called ‘blue lava’.
Found in Indonesia, the Blue lava phenomena are unique to the Kawah Ijen Volcano.
To put it in simple words, this is one of the few volcanoes in the world, where one gets to find blue-glowing lava.
The volcano itself is located in the Banywang Regency of Java and is a popular tourist attraction in the region. It is famous for its electric blue colored lava, which is something rather rare in the natural world.
The nature of the blue lava remained a mystery for a very long time, until studies were conducted on the same. It was found out that the cause of the blue glow was a high concentration of sulphur, which gave off the coloration as it burned.
3. Glowing Beaches & Sea Shores
This is another interesting phenomenon, which is best viewed during night times.
The phenomena can be found in just about any major coastal region in the world, and is best viewed at night times.
As the name would suggest, the beaches and seashores, which sometimes extends into the distant waters, glow almost in an unnatural way.
The reason for this is because of microscopic organisms, which give off their own light, through what is called ‘bioluminescence’.
In simple words, the waters and the beach are inhabited by tiny microorganisms, which give off a light, usually of blue or green color. This, when observed with the naked eye, appears as if the beach or the water itself has a glow to it.
The phenomena are fairly widespread in the world, and are best viewed during the night or in low lighting levels.
4. Frost Flowers
This has nothing to do with actual flowers. The name is actually a reference to the shape that this phenomenon takes, rather than something to do with actual flowers.
As the name would suggest, these happen in winter or during very cold conditions, when the surrounding temperatures drop to freezing levels.
Also to add here is that frost flowers are essentially a kind of frost, which in this case, tends to occur in a very unique fashion.
The best time to view frost flowers are during late autumn or early winter. They form on long-stemmed plants, where the freezing temperatures cause thin layers of ice to form into exquisite patterns, which then curl into ‘petals’ resembling flowers.
5. The Stone Turning Lake
The ‘Stone Turning Lake’ is another term for Lake Natron in Tanzania.
The lake itself is a mix of legend and scientific fact. The legend goes that any animal that is unfortunate enough to enter the lake, gets instantly turned into stone. And indeed, the many bodies of dead animals that can be found in the region support this claim, at least at face value. But the fact is that there is more to this than meets the eye.
The reality is that the lake doesn’t really turn animals into stone. On the contrary, the lake actually has a thriving wetland ecosystem, which supports a variety of birds, animals and insects.
The legend comes from the fact that the lake has a very high pH level (of around 10.5), which is strong enough to cause caustic burns. When an animal comes into contact with the waters, the high pH tends to burn away any and all tissue other than bone. The cause of this has been attributed to chemicals like Sodium carbonate and other such substances that wash into it from the surrounding hilly regions.
As a whole, it should be added here that there indeed many more such places all across the planet.
These are to be considered as being nothing more than an introductory collection of places on the planet, to get an idea of what exists out there, waiting to be discovered and explored.