23 Utterly Amazing Natural Phenomena That Are Seemingly Impossible

Our planet always knows how to surprise its inhabitants: it displays fireworks, whirls out sparkling fishes, and builds huge mountains.

LikeAble collected 23 shots that prove nature has a very rich imagination.

Mud Storms

© mrietze

Mud storms occur when lightning appears in a volcanic plume.

’’Magic Circles’’ in Namibia

© wired

Investigators of this mysterious phenomenon suggest that it’s the ’’masterpiece’’ of desert termites.

The Giant’s Causeway

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This is a result of the eruption of an ancient volcano in Northern Ireland. It created a terrain that’s covered with 40 000 tightly contiguous basalt pillars.

Lenticular clouds

© jollysailor1950

These clouds in northern Georgia, USA are a rare natural phenomenon.

Catatumbo Lightning

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Lightning flashes appear over water 140-160 nights a year, for ten hours a night, and up to 280 times per hour.

Christmas Island Red Crabs

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Each year, about 43 million land crabs move in masses to the ocean to lay their eggs. Local authorities close most of the roads for a week so as to not interfere with the migration.

Great Blue Hole

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The gigantic underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize is more than 300 meters in diameter and 124 meters deep.

Undulatus Asperatus Clouds

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These clouds are called undulatus asperatus, or rough waves. This type of cloud, with a rather mysterious form, was recently included in the classification by the head of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

Lake Natron, Tanzania

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This saltwater lake, which is fed by hot springs, is the only place that looks exactly like a flamingo.

The Spotted Lake

© (с) Jeremy Hiebert

The Canadian Spotted Lake is the world’s greatest reserve of magnesium sulfate, calcium, and sodium.

The ’’Door to Hell’’, Turkmenistan

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This is a fire at a gas mine that broke out in 1971. It was due to the researchers’ negligence and still hasn’t ceased.

Spherical Boulders in New Zealand

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Due to the erosion of the shore’s argillaceous rocks, spherically-shaped boulders come out.

Flammable Ice Bubbles

© Edwin Martinez

These are methane bubbles caught in an ice trap in Abraham Lake, Canada.?

Frozen flowers

© Jeffrey Bowman

In the calm waters of lakes and seas, where the surface has just started freezing up (about ?22°C), appear ice crystals of wondrous beauty.

Black Sun

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Upwards of 50,000 starlings flock in the skies into huge twittering flocks. This phenomenon has also been called a ’’rumble.’’

Sailing stones of the Death Valley

© (с) Trey Ratcliff

In a deserted valley in the USA exists a unique geological phenomenon: fragments of rocks move along the smooth ground without any help, leaving long traces behind.

Underwater Crop Circles

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Off the coast of Japan, deft pufferfish males create perfectly aligned circles with chiseled edges. These works of art are designed to fascinate and attract females.

Migrating Monarch Butterflies

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Covering thousands of kilometers, massive flocks of butterflies briskly move from Canada to the south of the United States.

The Blooming Desert

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In the years when Chile is more rainy than usual, the Atacama Desert is covered with flowers and herbs.

Mammatus Clouds

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Such clouds are very rare; they mainly appear in tropical latitudes. They are bound with the formation of a tropical cyclone.

Bioluminescent waves on the beaches of the Maldives

© (с) Doug Perrine

Some phytoplankton species are capable of luminescence.

Rainbow Eucalyptus

© (с) jwilsonnorton

This happens because eucalyptus peels in different sections. Each piece of the bark gradually gets blue, purple, orange, and then maroon.

Sardine Run

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From May to July, billions of sardines run to the North along the East coast of South Africa.

Winnie the Pooh Cloud

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During a children’s charity event in Dorset, England, the guests saw all of a sudden the cloud of Winnie that looked as if he were smiling and relaxing after a feast of honey.

A ’cloud tsunami’

© Richard Hirst

This breathtaking massive wave rolling over Sydney. Its picture stunned the whole world.

Preview photo credit Richard Hirst