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The most incredible natural phenomena around the world

Nature has helped produce stunning wonders around the world.

Some of these natural phenomena are so bizarre that it can be tough to believe they exist, but the breathtaking and eerie wonders reveal nature’s immense power.

From a bright pink lake in Australia to the Northern Lights, here are some of the world’s most fascinating natural marvels.

 

In Morocco, goats climb up argan trees in order to eat their fruit. The site is not uncommon to locals, but travelers are often shocked to see the bizarre phenomenon.

In Morocco, goats climb up argan trees in order to eat their fruit. The site is not uncommon to locals, but travelers are often shocked to see the bizarre phenomenon.

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Grüner See (Green Lake), located below Austria’s Hochschwab mountains near the town of Tragoess, seems like just another lake at first glance…

Grüner See (Green Lake), located below Austria’s Hochschwab mountains near the town of Tragoess, seems like just another lake at first glance…

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Cashiers is a town located in the center of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. For 30 minutes everyday at 5:30 p.m. from late October through early November and again from mid-February to early March, you can see a shadow in the shape of a giant bear.

Cashiers is a town located in the center of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. For 30 minutes everyday at 5:30 p.m. from late October through early November and again from mid-February to early March, you can see a shadow in the shape of a giant bear.

Source: Huffington Post

One of nature’s most spectacular displays, the Northern Lights are formed from electrically charged particles from the sun that combine with different gases to produce a multicolored light show. They typically occur from September to early April in destinations like Canada, Alaska, Iceland, and northern Scandinavia.

One of nature’s most spectacular displays, the Northern Lights are formed from electrically charged particles from the sun that combine with different gases to produce a multicolored light show. They typically occur from September to early April in destinations like Canada, Alaska, Iceland, and northern Scandinavia.

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After a flood hit the Pakistani village of Sindh in 2010, millions of spiders crawled to safety in the trees and spun their webs. The result led to fascinating web-cocooned trees.

After a flood hit the Pakistani village of Sindh in 2010, millions of spiders crawled to safety in the trees and spun their webs. The result led to fascinating web-cocooned trees.

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Lake Hillier, located in Australia’s Rechercha Archipelago, is not the only pink lake to exist, but while other pink lakes change colors in different temperatures, Lake Hillier maintains the same color year-round, even when bottled. The cause of the color remains undetermined, though some say it could be the result of its high salt content combined with the presence of a pink bacteria species.

Lake Hillier, located in Australia’s Rechercha Archipelago, is not the only pink lake to exist, but while other pink lakes change colors in different temperatures, Lake Hillier maintains the same color year-round, even when bottled. The cause of the color remains undetermined, though some say it could be the result of its high salt content combined with the presence of a pink bacteria species.

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Every year, from May through July, millions of sardines swim from the cold waters of South Africa’s Cape Point to the KwaZulu-Natal coast. They travel in close packs, making for a stunning whirlpool that divers around the world come to see.

Every year, from May through July, millions of sardines swim from the cold waters of South Africa’s Cape Point to the KwaZulu-Natal coast. They travel in close packs, making for a stunning whirlpool that divers around the world come to see.

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Colombia’s Caño Cristales, located in the Serrania de la Macarenia National Park, is composed of an acquatic plant known as macarenia clavier that takes on hues of red, blue, yellow, orange, and green under specific weather conditions. Most of the year it looks like any other river, but from June to December, it is said to look like a breathtaking river of rainbows.

Colombia’s Caño Cristales, located in the Serrania de la Macarenia National Park, is composed of an acquatic plant known as macarenia clavier that takes on hues of red, blue, yellow, orange, and green under specific weather conditions. Most of the year it looks like any other river, but from June to December, it is said to look like a breathtaking river of rainbows.

Flickr/Eric Pheterson

In destinations like Puerto Rico and the Maldives, bioluminescent phytoplankton create stunning shimmering waters.

In destinations like Puerto Rico and the Maldives, bioluminescent phytoplankton create stunning shimmering waters.

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Kawah Ijen volcano, located in East Java, Indonesia, is famous for its bright blue fire that streams down the mountain in the evenings. According to National Geographic, the glow comes from the combustion of sulfuric gases that emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure.

Kawah Ijen volcano, located in East Java, Indonesia, is famous for its bright blue fire that streams down the mountain in the evenings. According to National Geographic, the glow comes from the combustion of sulfuric gases that emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure.

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For years, large stones have been moving across California’s Racetrack Playa of Death Valley National Park. While it seemed that they had been moving on their own, scientists discovered that a thin layer of ice trapped underneath the rocks melts away in the sun, slowly moving the rocks for years to leave behind their stretching trails.

For years, large stones have been moving across California’s Racetrack Playa of Death Valley National Park. While it seemed that they had been moving on their own, scientists discovered that a thin layer of ice trapped underneath the rocks melts away in the sun, slowly moving the rocks for years to leave behind their stretching trails.

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Abraham Lake, located in Alberta, Canada, is filled with frozen bubbles. The bubbles are the result of methane gas released by the area’s plants and animals.

Abraham Lake, located in Alberta, Canada, is filled with frozen bubbles. The bubbles are the result of methane gas released by the area's plants and animals.

Flickr/Fred Dunn

For most of the year, the red land crabs of Christmas Island, in Australia, reside in the forests. But around November, around 120 million of them emerge from the forest, crossing the area’s roads and heading towards the Indian Ocean to release their eggs at the high tide.

For most of the year, the red land crabs of Christmas Island, in Australia, reside in the forests. But around November, around 120 million of them emerge from the forest, crossing the area’s roads and heading towards the Indian Ocean to release their eggs at the high tide.

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