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7 Natural Phenomena You Need to Know


World is an amazing place. The more we think we know about it we are corrected by the nature it self. But unfortunately due to the pandemic situation travel restrictions are elevated in many countries. So our exploration areas are limited but that does not going to last forever. These natural phenomena occur around the world are best places to travel once the pandemic is under control. Here are 7 natural phenomenon that would take your breath away. And all of them are worthy of adding to your travel bucket list.

Penitentes

By Arvaki – enWiki en:Image:Penitentesfield.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1714844

Penitentes are made out of snow found in high altitudes that looks like blades. The first description of Penitentes was found in a report written by Charles Darwin in 1839. Penitentes can be formed upto 15m (49ft).

Zhangye Danxia Landform

Zhangye Danxia is a colourful mountain range located in Gansu, China. It spread through an area of 322km2. The site was also named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 and is the destination for many Chinese and international tourists.

Spotted Lake

Spotted Lake is a alkali lake located in Similkameen valley, British Columbia, Canada. It is rich in various kinds of minerals. The lake has dense deposits of sulphates of magnesium, calcium and sodium and lower amounts of silver and titanium. During the summer most of the water evaporates. And these mineral deposits are revealed.

Nacreous clouds

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Nacreous Clouds are a type of polar stratospheric clouds that can be seen in the winter polar stratosphere at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 m (49,000–82,000 ft). There are two main types of PSCs. One main type of PSC is made up mostly of super cooled droplets of water and nitric acid and is implicated in the formation of ozone holes. The other main type consists only of ice crystals which are not harmful. This type of PSC is also referred to as nacreous.

Sailing stones

By Jon Sullivan – PD Photo.org, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2238548

Sailing stones are a geological phenomenon in which rocks move and inscribe long tracks along a smooth valley floor without any intervention of animals. The movement of the rocks occurs when large sheets of ice a few millimeters thick and floating in an ephemeral winter pond break up on sunny days. Frozen during cold winter nights, these thin, floating ice panels are driven by wind and shove rocks at speeds up to 5 meters per minute. Death Valley in California and Little Bonnie Claire Playa, in Nevada USA are famous for these moving rocks.

Mud Volcanoes

By Nick Taylor – originally posted to Flickr as Gobustan Mud Volcnoes, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4083648

Mud volcanoes are a like a small volcano where instead of lava mud comes out. Mud volcanoes may range in size from merely 1 or 2 meters high and 1 or 2 meters wide, to 700 meters high and 10 kilometers wide. Smaller mud exudations are sometimes referred to as mud-pots. There are several countries around the globe has these mud volcanoes. Russia, Italy, Crimea, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Philippines, Iran are some of the countries where you can find mud volcanoes.

Blood Falls

Blood falls are a flow of saltwater with high concentrations of iron oxide. These can be seen in Taylor valley, Victora Land, East Antarctica. The source of these fall is a subglacial pool of unknown size overlain by about 400 metres (1,300 ft) of ice several kilometers from its tiny outlet at Blood Falls. It was found by Griffith Taylor in 1911 during one of his expeditions. Hence the valley is named after him.

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