11 Naturally Occuring Phenomena That Aren’t Photoshopped
Our planet is a wonderful place full of beautiful scenery and mysteries that are yet to be discovered. There are incredible phenomena on Earth that are hard to believe, especially in the time where Photoshop has become so popular.
Continue reading below to see 11 naturally occurring phenomena that aren’t photoshopped.
- Volcanic lightning
Mt. Doom from the epic Lord of the Rings series is based on a real thing. When a volcano erupts, lightning often occurs at the same time the smoke plumes go out which happens as a result of charge separation. This causes ash, rock and ice particles to collide and create balance in the atmosphere, resulting in a stunning event.
- Methane ice bubbles
The lake Abraham in Canada is home to an interesting phenomenon which traps frozen bubbles under the sight and creates anodd sight. This occurs due to bacteria in the lake digesting organic material which release methane bubbles that freezes when it comes in contact with the icy water and rises to the top, creating an unusual effect which makes the lake look photoshopped.
- Giant’s causeway
According to an Irish legend, this causeway was created by a giant named Finn MacCool that was challenged to a fight with a Scottish giant named Benandonner. The Giant’s causeway is located in Northern Ireland and consists of 40 000 interlocking basalt columns that are carved from the rocky cliff side, with some of them standing up to 12 meters tall. These phenomenal columns are probably a result of volcanic eruption and are a top tourist attraction in Ireland.
- UndulatusAsperatus clouds
Have you ever saw clouds resembling an ocean? The UndulatusAsperatus clouds look like waves in the ocean and occur as a result of rising air that creates widespread cloud cover. Add wind and turbulence into the mix and you get clouds that look like they came out of a fairytale. Although looking ominous, they rarely cause storms.
- Lake Natron’s “stone” animals
The stony Lake Natron in Tanzania is not actually made from stone. The lake’s unusual appearance is the results of high alkalinity (about 10.5 pH) caused by the presence of sodium carbonate and other similar minerals. This gives the lake a stony, mummified look, but don’t worry – it’s not as dangerous as it seems.
- Bioluminescent waves
These waves look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it’s a pretty common phenomena caused by phytoplanktons and ostracod crustaceans emitting a blue glowing light. Bioluminescent waves occur when these organisms are stressed from the crushing waves, creating an unusual scene that looks great on photos.
- Light pillars
This amazing natural trick looks like a divine spirit intervention. During winter, plate shaped ice crystals form in clouds and may move close the ground, and the light from the sun or moon will create an illusion of floating light. These pillars may appear horizontally as well and look like a halo.
- Rainbow eucalyptus
This tree has a light colored bark which peels off during the year and reveals an inner bark that changes its color as the tree matures. The rainbow eucalyptus can be found in rainforests and Hawaii.
- Moeraki boulders
A certain New Zealand beach is home to special boulders which are formed from ancient sea sediments and centuries of erosion. These rocks vary in diameter from 1-2.2 m., and became exposed once the shoreline eroded.
- Living rocks
These living organisms are called pyurachilensis and have fooled many people with their unusual look. The creature lives in Chile and has a rocky external texture that can easily be opened with a knife to reveal the organs beneath. The pyurachilensis are considered a delicacy in Chile, although the rich vanadium isn’t exactly great for our health.
- Spider web fields
The city of WaggaWagga in Australia recently became ridden with spider webs which covered fields and bushes far below the horizon! The phenomenon was caused by a massive flood which made the ground dwelling spiders flee their homes and build webs above the countryside, creating a nightmarish scene that will send chills down your spine.
Special effects might create breathtaking visuals, but it’s nothing compared to what nature can orchestrate. As with other things, there’s just no substitute for the real thing.