These strange and incredible phenomena observed on Earth - The Comprehensive Minds

These strange and incredible phenomena observed on Earth

These strange and incredible phenomena observed on Earth

The Earth is a real laboratory where incredible phenomena occur, sometimes strange, but often wonderful. The kind of phenomena that make you regret physics and chemistry lessons, where you preferred to concentrate on your headphones to follow the World Cup matches.

Fortunately, some were diligent. They can now provide us with some explanations and we are grateful to them, even if I admit to you, certain phenomena are even more beautiful when they remain unexplained.

Blood flowing in Antarctica

No blood here, of course, but a colony of bacteria in a pocket of seawater locked for 1.5 million years under the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. 

The microorganisms would have survived by assimilating sulphates and ferrous compounds. The water pocket flows on the surface of the glacier in "Blood Falls" (cascades of blood) whose color is explained by concentrations of iron.

The blue lava of the volan Kawah ljen

On the island of Java in Indonesia, at nightfall, in the heart of the crater of the Kawah Ijen volcano, it is possible to observe blue lava; it is not the lava itself that is blue, but rather the flames that surround it. 

The volcano releases a lot of sulfuric gases which, at high temperatures, ignite, producing blue flames that can reach up to five meters in height.

The Kawah Ijen volcano rises to 2,380 meters. It is also known to be home to the world's most acidic lake and an open-cast sulfur mine.

The reliefs of Danxia

The Danxia relief stretches over several provinces in southeastern China. Danxia comes from danxiá dìmào which means "relief of purple clouds". Dating from the Cretaceous period and formed of red sandstone and various conglomerates, this relief is surrounded by numerous rather atypical rock formations that have eroded over time, thus giving the panorama an incredible palette of colors.

Frozen flowers

These floral ice formations occur in parts of the Arctic when the temperature between the ocean and the atmosphere differs.

The green-ray

A rare phenomenon that occurs when conditions are favorable at the end or the beginning of a sunset, and which takes the form of a green dot visible a few seconds at the top of our star. Here, the green-ray appeared a few minutes after the 4th contact during the total solar eclipse of June 21, 2001, in Madagascar.

Ice hair

Ice hair or “ice hair” is very fine strands of ice that appear in freezing weather from pieces of deadwood and other plants. A rare phenomenon that occurs under special weather conditions: in moderate frost and when the very wet ground has not yet frozen.

Yosemite Park Firefall

Horsetail Fall is one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Yosemite National Park in the United States. This fall has the particularity of giving the illusion of a cascade of fire under the specific action of the Sun's rays. The phenomenon is rare, visible only a few days a year in winter.


A maelstrom is a powerful whirlpool that forms in a body of water. It can be created by a tidal current or by the current of a river. The power of the tidal whirlpools sometimes tends to be exaggerated, to the point of assuming the mythical proportions of funnels from which no boat could emerge ... Go tell that to dear Jules Verne.

The crab invasion

In October, off the Australian coast of Christmas Island, the wet season begins and with it the migration of red crabs. 40 million of them leave the forest to lay their eggs in the ocean. Two months later, the mothers and their newborns take the opposite route to return to the forest.

For two months, the 1,400 inhabitants of Christmas Island must be particularly vigilant behind the wheel of their cars

The black sun

Or massive migration of European starlings. A phenomenon that can be observed every spring in the sky of Denmark.

The Eternal Storm

The mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela creates weather conditions that lead to 160 consecutive stormy nights each year. An almost permanent storm considered the largest single ozone generator on the planet.

The migration of monarch butterflies

Each year, millions of monarchs, native to North America, travel more than 2,000 km to migrate south with the onset of winter. For years, no one knew their destination. Then, in the 1950s, two zoologists began to follow butterflies. In 1976, they climbed "Butterfly Mountain" only to find that virtually the entire population of monarchs wintered in a Mexican mountain forest. It would therefore appear that the butterflies target less than 15 mountainous sites.

The mysterious Underwater Crop Circles

SEDUCTION: To find a soul mate, the pufferfish draws on the sand with its fins and its body, at the bottom of the ocean, a geometric shape that can reach 2 meters in diameter. How not to succumb?

That nature is romantic:

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