The world we live in is a beautiful place filled with numerous peculiar and picturesque natural sights. From mountains and valleys to lakes and oceans, there is always a beautiful natural wonder to admire. However, there are a select few natural wonders that should be on everyone’s must-see list. If you are planning for a relaxing vacation where you will commune with nature while relishing scenic paradise, or even witness exhilarating natural wonders, here are the top 10 amazing natural phenomena you must see.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights (also known as Aurora Borealis) tops the list of amazing natural phenomena to see. This visual spectacle happens in the Arctic and Antarctic region. It appears like a cloud of lights, high up in the night sky. The northern lights form due to fusion of charged electrons and atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the earth’s atmosphere.
To see the Sailing Stones, make a trip to Racetrack Playa, a mystical dry lake in the Death Valley National Park in California. This strange sight got its name from the unusual self-movements of stones on the dry lake. Geologists claim that these mysterious stones form when moving at certain speeds in severe winds. The thin layer of sand in the region and other factors also contribute to their formation.
Watching fire whirls are akin to witnessing a tornado of flames. This natural phenomenon occurs when flames form a rotating, rising column of air similar to the shape of a twister. Fire whirls are rare and usually last for a few minutes. In some instances, though, they can be as tall as one kilometer and last for twenty minutes. They can occur when a twisting wind passes through a burning forest.
Penitentes are some of the most wired yet captivating formations, which appear as tall pinnacles of frozen ice and snow, rising up to over 7 feet. They form when the sun melts snow at different rates. You can get a good look at these formations while hiking through the scenic highland and mountainous regions of Chile and Argentina.
Fire rainbows occur when the sun is at least 580 above the horizon and its light penetrates through high altitude cirrus clouds made of hexagonal crystal plates. When sunlight enters the crystal’s vertical side and leaves through base, this results in a brilliant array of colored clouds.
The Taos Hum
The Taos Hum remains to be an acoustic mystery. Some people describe it as the sound of nature, where an invisible volcano is heard erupting then accompanied by low frequency noises. Claims have it that the hum forms when winds pass through a certain mountain terrain, but there are no clear answers yet. It occurs in a picturesque mountain landscape, where storm clouds are abundant.
Sand storms are wonderful natural phenomena worth witnessing. They form when violent windstorms pass over a desert. As the winds move, they carry along with them sand particles, thus creating a sandstorm. Though ferocious sandstorms can be dangerous, being right in the heart of a mild one can be an exhilarating experience. The best place to watch this natural spectacle from a distance is the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Supper cells are famous in the Great Plains of US, an area famously known as the Tornado Alley. These majestic, twirling storm clouds can stir up your inner senses. They often occur in areas of wet climate and rotating thunderstorms.
Geysers display nature’s force at work. They are different from hot springs. Streams of hot water explode into a rising column of steam. Geysers form in places with underground water bodies and active volcanic activity.
Red tides are common in some coasts of Mexico and America. This visual spectacle attracts tons of beach enthusiasts. The colored tide, also known as an ‘algal bloom’, forms due to the largest concentration of algae living in one area.
There you have it, the top 10 amazing natural phenomena of the world. Travelling to see any of these natural spectacles will surely be a trip to remember.